Nature & Science

Nature and Science
Overview of a petrified Sequoia tree and the Florissant Valley

Cliff and Jean Dickey

Located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds N.M. is a 6,000 acre wonderland of meadows, forests, and wildflowers. The Monument is a great place to experience and learn about the Montaine ecosystem and its plants and animals.

Beneath the ground is one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. With fossils ranging from massive petrified Sequoia trees to tiny fossils of insects and plants, the Monument provides opportunities to explore paleontology and life 34 million years ago.

If you love fossils, be sure to check out the other 8 national park units designated to protect fossils:

  1. Agate Fossil Beds National www.nps.gov/agfo
  2. Badlands National Park www.nps.gov/badl
  3. Dinosaur National Monument www.nps.gov/dino
  4. Fossil Butte National Monument www.nps.gov/fobu
  5. Guadalupe Mountains National Park www.nps.gov/gumo
  6. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument www.nps.gov/hafo
  7. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument www.nps.gov/joda
  8. Petrified Forest National Park www.nps.gov/pefo

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816

Phone:

(719) 748-3253

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