Service Animals
Dogs classified as service animals are individually trained to perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability. Service dogs are legally permitted anywhere that visitors can go. Learn more about requirements for service animals. Emotional support, therapy, and companion animals, as well as service animals in training, are not service animals and must abide by all pet regulations.

Pets are only allowed in designated areas (see below) at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

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: August 20, 2022

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Florissant, CO 80816


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