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
  2. Badlands National Park
  3. Dinosaur National Monument
  4. Fossil Butte National Monument
  5. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  6. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
  7. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  8. Petrified Forest National Park

Last updated: February 19, 2017

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P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


(719) 748-3253

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