• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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  • Ute Dance Cancelled for Saturday August 2

    Due to a medical emergency with the group coordinator, the Ute Dance has been cancelled for Saturday August 2, 2014

Your Safety

Lightning

Lightning is common in the summer afternoons. Stay low, avoid standing next to trees or on exposed ridges and hilltops, and seek shelter before the storm arrives.

Elevation

Headache, fatigue, and nausea can be symptoms of altitude sickness. To prevent altitude sickness, ascend slowly and drink plenty of water. Avoid strenuous activity until you are acclimated, particularly travelers with heart, lung, or kidney disease.

Don’t Feed Animals

Do not feed park animals. Though they appear cute and harmless, they are wild and will bite and scratch. In addition, they may carry diseases such as hantavirus and bubonic plague.

Sun

The sun is intense at high elevations. Use sun block and hats.

 
a summer thunderstorm
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski

Did You Know?

leaf fossil

In 1922, Fossil Cycad National Monument, in South Dakota, was established as the third NPS area to preserve fossils, however by the mid 1930s all the fossils visible at the surface had been removed, leaving nothing for visitors to see. As a result, congress removed Fossil Cycad National Monument from the National Park System in 1957.