Experience the Fossil History of Colorado

Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

View of starry sky over Hornbek Homestead.

Night Sky Programs

Observe the wonders of the night sky throughout the year.

Petrified trio of redwood trees in snow

Fee Free Days for 2020

There will be five fee free days for all National Park Service fee areas in 2020.

Big Stump behind fence on a spring day

Things To Do

What do we do when we get there?

Two rappers from Oakland stand with an NPS intern in a grassy meadow at Florissant

Hip Hop Music at the Fossil Beds

Two rappers, Nuisance and Cangaroo (from Oakland) participated in Hip Hop Boot Camp and wrote two amazing rap songs about Florissant

Hike at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument


Hike on one of the park's 15 miles of trails.

Junior Rangers at the desk in the Visitor Center

For Kids

Be a Junior Ranger!

Last updated: February 16, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


(719) 748-3253

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