Visitors traveling north/south on I-25: Exit at US 24 West, travel 35 miles to town of Florissant, then follow signs two miles south on Teller County Road 1 to the Visitor Center. Visitors traveling from town of Cripple Creek: Follow Teller County Road 1 north for 16 miles.
At the Visitor Center, you can receive orientation information as the information desk and see the "Shadows of the Past" orientation film. In the visitor center you can explore exhibits and the bookstore.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was set aside to protect one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. It was established in 1969.
35 miles west of Colorado Springs (1 hour drive), near the town of Florissant, CO.
Massive petrified tree stumps of redwood trees. Several of these are located behind the Visitor Center, and along 1-mile and 1/2-mile self-guided trails.
Detailed fossils of insects, leaves, seeds, fish, and a few mammals and birds. Most are still buried underground, not visible from the trail, as they are easily destroyed by weathering. Excavated specimens are best seen in the Visitor Center exhibits.
14 miles of hiking trails.
1878 historic homestead.
Explore the exhibits in the Visitor Center, including a collection of delicate insect, leaf, and fish fossils.
Tour the massive petrified tree stumps in the outdoor exhibit area behind the Visitor Center, and along the 1-mile and 1/2-mile self-guided interpretive trails.
View the park film (14 minutes long; available in the Visitor Center theater).
Participate in the Junior Ranger program - a free program for kids. Complete activities in the Junior Ranger Book and earn a badge!
Hike on our network of 8 interconnected hiking trails (14 miles total).
Visit the grounds of an 1878 homestead.
Have a picnic at the Visitor Center picnic area or the Barksdale picnic area.