Fees & Passes

***PLEASE NOTE: Only credit cards are accepted for entrance fees and passes***

Daily Fee: $10 per adult (age 16 years or older). Admission is good for 7 days. Anyone under the age of 16 years is free. Fee covers entrance to all areas of the Monument including visitor center exhibits, film, outdoor exhibit area, hiking trails, picnic areas, Hornbek Homestead,self-guided tours, and ranger programs.

Florissant Fossil Beds Annual Pass: $35. Good for one year. Covers entrance fees for card-holder and up to 3 other adults in your party. Accepted only at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.



 
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America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes

The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series includes different options of interagency passes that provide access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas across the United States.

Passes cover:

  • entrance fees at National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife sites
  • standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers sites

In general, passes cover the above types of fees for everyone in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children ages 15 or under are admitted free. Two lifetime passes (Senior and Access) provide additional benefits, such as a 50-percent discount on camping at some sites. Always check with individual sites for details.

Interagency passes include:

  • Annual Pass: $80
  • Annual Military Pass: Free*
  • Every Kid Outdoors Pass for US students in fourth grade: Free
  • Annual Senior Pass: $20
  • Lifetime Senior Pass: $80
  • Lifetime Access Pass: Free
  • Annual Volunteer Pass: Free (250 hours of volunteer service at any of the six participating federal agencies is required)

*A new program that provides free access for US military veterans and Gold Star Family members took effect in fall 2020 as a way to thank them for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters. Find detailed information about who qualifies, acceptable forms of identification, and how to download a Gold Star Family voucher.

Free Entrance for U.S. Armed Service Veterans and Gold Star Families (Dependents)

Effective Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Veterans Day) and every day onward, all U.S. armed service veterans and Gold Star dependents shall be granted free entrance to all Department of the Interior managed lands and waters. A visitor may prove their status as a veteran or a gold star dependent by presenting one of the following:

  • Department of Defense Identification Card;
  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC);
  • Veteran ID Card; or
  • Veteran’s designation on a state-issued driver’s license or identification card.
***NOTE: DD-214s can NOT be accepted as identification for Interagency Military or Veteran passes
 
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Buy Online, Save Time!

Whether you’re planning a single visit or coming back to Florissant Fossil Beds multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing your daily or annual Florissant Fossil Beds passes before you arrive.

The individual fee is $10.00 and available for 7 days.
The annual pass is $35.00 and available for 1 year from time of purchase.

While in the park, present your paper or digital copy of your pass in the visitor center.

Forgot to buy a pass before your arrival? No problem! We gladly sell passes at the visitor center. All entrance fee revenue directly funds projects that improve your experience here. The park appreciates your support!

Fee Waivers for Education Groups

Groups may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver. To meet these requirements your group must be a tax-exempt group that is coming to the Monument for educational or scientific purposes. Educational institutions must be accredited or otherwise recognized as a bona fide educational institution. The visit must support specific, for-credit curriculum as its purpose. The park's resources and facilities must be related to the educational purpose of the visit. Please contact the park at least two weeks in advance.

Fee Free Days

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Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people.

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Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2022:

 
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America the Beautiful 2022 Annual Pass

America the Beautiful - Annual Pass

Cost: $80 (U.S. Dollars)

  • Available to the general public, valid for up to one year from month of sale. Two individuals can sign this pass for use, so long as one individual is present the day of. This pass is not transferable to other people.
  • *Note: pass must be present in the vehicle for admission; visitors with photos of passes will not be allowed entrance without purchasing another pass.
  • More information on the Annual Pass on the USGS webpage.
 
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America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Military Pass

America the Beautiful - Military Annual Pass

Free

  • Available to current US military members and dependents, US military veterans, and Gold Star Family members.
  • Please check requirements before arriving, such as showing a valid Common Access Card (CAC), Military ID (Form 1173), Veteran ID, Veteran Health Identification Card (VHID), Veteran designation on drivers license, or exchanging a Gold Star Voucher.
  • DD-214's will not be accepted.
 
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The America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass

America the Beautiful - Senior Lifetime Pass

Cost: $80 (U.S. Dollars)

  • Available to US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Valid identification must be shown in order to qualify for this pass. This pass is a lifetime pass; it is non-transferable. If lost, a new pass must be purchased for further use.
  • *Note: Pass holder must be present in the vehicle with valid pass for admission. Visitors with photos of passes will not be allowed entrance without purchasing another pass.
  • Golden Age Passports are still valid for entrance. More information at USGS.
 
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The America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Senior Pass

America the Beautiful - Senior Annual Pass

Cost: $20 (U.S. Dollars)

  • Available to US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Valid identification must be shown in order to qualify for this pass. This pass is an annual pass for one year from month of purchase; it is non-transferable.
  • *Note: Pass holder must be present in the vehicle with valid pass for admission. Visitors with photos of passes will not be allowed entrance without purchasing another pass.
  • Senior annual passes can be exchanged as credit towards a senior lifetime pass. More information at USGS.
 
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America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful - Access Pass

Free

  • Available to US citizens or permanenet residents with permanent disabilities. This is a lifetime pass; it is non-transferable. If no documentation is available, a statement of disability must be read for pass to be issued at the entrance gate. There is no age requierment for this pass.
  • *Note: Pass holder must be present in the vehicle with valid pass for admission.
  • More information at USGS.
 
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2021-2022 Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass

Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass

Free

 
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America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Volunteer Pass

America the Beautiful - Volunteer Pass

Free

  • Available for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. This is an annual pass, valid one year from month of aquisition; it is non-transferable.
  • For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer.gov
 
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2022 Florissant Fossil Beds Annual Pass

Florissant Fossil Beds - 2022 Annual Pass

Cost: $35 (U.S. Dollars)

  • Available to the general public for purchase for unlimited visits to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument only. This is an annual pass, valid one year from month of purchase; it is non-transferable.
  • It admits the pass holder and three other adults (16 or older)
 
Your Fee Dollars at Work

The fees you pay when visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument make a difference! We participate in the Congressionally-authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, our parks keep 100% percent of all fees collected and use that money to fund important projects that improve visitor services and protect resources. At Florissant Fossil beds, your fees were used to work on projects like:
  • Rehabilitation of Boulder Creek Trail Section for Visitor Safety and Enjoyment
  • Stabilization of the Petrified Forest Trail
  • Replacement of Trail Signs Parkwide
  • Creation and Installation of New Fossil Replica Exhibit in the Visitor Center
  • Creation of Interpretive Media

Last updated: July 16, 2022

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