Learn About the Park

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was created in 1969 to protect one of the world's richest fossil deposits. Read more about Florissant Fossil Beds by exploring the links below.
Artist Rendition of an ancient Volcano

Learn More about the Park

Series of Geologic Site Bulletins in partnership with Geoscientists-In-Parks (now known as Scientists-in-Parks), the Geological Society of America, and Enviromental Stewards. Learn more about the geology, fossils, climate change, and history of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

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Learn about Florissant's stunning fossils, diverse geologic history, and amazing scientific discoveries and projects.


Kids & Youth

Explore, Learn, and Protect Your Park!

Interested youth complete a series of activities during their park visit, check in with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger badge. Kids at home can explore a variety of other activities here on our website.


History & Culture

The Florissant valley contains the stories of prehistoric hunting and gathering Paleo-Indians, the Ute and Jicarilla Apache peoples, the travels of a pioneer nation, and of early scientists making their way through discovery into a different time.

Wild Irises blooming on Geologic Trail
Wild Irises on Geologic Trail

NPS Photo by Clara Peterson

Nature & Science

Hike the Monument's trails to explore its meadows and forests and discover its diverse plants, mammals, birds, and natural features.

Field Trips for Educational Groups

Learn more about ranger-led and self-guided educational field trips, which are available throughout the year.



Interested in becoming Florissant's next summer paleontology intern? Learn about the Geoscientists-In-The-Parks internship program here!

Last updated: October 8, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


719 748-3253

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