Basic Information

15807 Teller County Road 1
Florissant, CO 80816

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.

Summer Hours

Summer Hours (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day)8:00AM-6:00PM

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Fall Hours - day after Labor Day to November 30

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Winter Hours

Winter Hours - December 1 to mid-March

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Spring Hours

Spring Hours - mid-March to day before Memorial Day weekend

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Winter months - average high 40 degrees F; average low 5 degrees F; Summer months - average high 75 degrees F; average low 40 degrees F;

Entrance Fees:

Florissant Fossil Beds NM Fee - Individuals 16 years old or older - $5.00

Per person for individuals 16 years old or older. Good for 7 days.

Entrance Passes:

Florissant Fossil Beds Annual Pass - $20.00

Good for cardholder and immediate family to Florissant Fossil Beds NM. Good for one year.

Florissant Fossil Beds Visitors Center

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.

 
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Thousands of detailed fossils of insects, like this wasp, have been found in the Florissant fossil beds.

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was set aside to protect one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. It was established in 1969.

Location:
  • 35 miles west of Colorado Springs (1 hour drive), near the town of Florissant, CO.
Features:
  • 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.
Activities:
  • 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.
  • Attend a Night Sky stargazing program.
  • Attend a wide variety of Ranger guided programs in the Summer - see our Calendar.
Hours:
  • Summer Hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fall / Winter / Spring Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed on: Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, and Christmas Day
Fees:
  • Effective beginning July 1, 2015: $5.00 per adult (16 years or older). This increase is to help fund additional visitor services. Thank you!
  • Anyone 15 years or younger is free.
  • Interagency Passes are accepted.
Pets:
  • Pets are prohibited in the Visitor Center and on trails. This is for the safety of the wildlife as well as for the safety of your pets.
  • Pets are allowed in the parking lot and in the designated pet exercise area, by the Visitor Center's picnic area. Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • There is very little shade in our parking lot. Please do not leave pets locked in a hot car! It may be best to leave your pet at home if you can, especially on warm days.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816

Phone:

(719) 748-3253

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