With the exception of registered service dogs, pets are only allowed in designated areas (see below) at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Please inquire at the visitor center for more information regarding registered service dogs.

Where pets are NOT allowed:
  • All trails, visitor center, exhibit area, Hornbek Homestead, Barksdale picnic area
Where pets are allowed (must be on leash):
  • Visitor center parking lot
  • Pet exercise which is located within the picnic area near the visitor center


Limited horseback riding is available within the boundaries of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Horseback riders must pay the daily entrance fee at the visitor center or possess an annual pass. Pets are prohibited.

Riding on any trail or in developed areas is prohibited. Ride dispersed; do not create new trails.

Florissant Fossil Beds is only open to the public for day use. Park access is prohibited during closed hours except by permit.

Horseback riders must park their horse trailers at the designated pull located on Lower Twin Rock Road.

Last updated: March 24, 2021

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P.O. Box 185
Florissant , CO 80816


719 748-3253

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