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.

Big Stump behind fence on a spring day

Things To Do

Explore the Monument this Summer!

Visitors observing elk on guided hike

Guided Elk Hikes - Wapiti Walks

Join a ranger for a (reservation only) guided elk hike and take part in a fall tradition

Visitors exercising on trail during Yoga Hike

Ranger Guided Programs for September

Check our schedule for ranger guided programs

View of starry sky over Hornbek Homestead.

Night Sky Programs

Observe the wonders of the night sky throughout the year.

Hiker on trail approaching rock formation

Enjoy a hike!

Explore the 15 miles of trails at the Monument.

Kids in the Junior Ranger Program

For Kids

Kids of all ages participate in the Junior Ranger Program at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Kids with Ranger during a program.

Every Kid in a Park

Learn how all 4th graders and their families get into parks for free.

Last updated: September 6, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


(719) 748-3253

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