Ranger Guided Programs

Regularly scheduled ranger guided programs will start on June 13th and continue through Labor Day weekend and then occur mostly on weekends or as staffing allows through September. Most of the weekly programs will end by Labor Day.

Ranger leading talk in amphitheater
Ranger Talk in amphitheater

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Ranger Talk - Daily, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Redwoods in Colorado? Was there really a volcano nearby? And Tse Tse flies too? Join a ranger for a 20 - 30 minute presentation and get a basic orientation to the history and prehistory of the area. Meet in the amphitheater behind the visitor center.

Ranger leading hike on trail
Ranger Led Hike

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Ranger Guided Hike - Daily 11:00 AM

Are you ready to meet the "Big Stump"? Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike on the Petrified Forest Loop Trail. Meet behind the visitor center for this interpretive hike.

Volunteer splitting shale for visitors in Fossil Learning Lab
Observing fossils in Fossil Learning Lab

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Fossil Learning Lab - Daily 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Get "up-close and personal" with fossils! Join us for ranger-led activities and fossil viewing. Meet in the Yurt located in the picnic area near the visitor center.

Ranger led tour at Hornbek Homestead
Visitors at Hornbek Homestead

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Tour of the Hornbek Homestead Grounds - Daily 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Take a ranger guided tour of an 1878 homestead. Meet at the Hornbek Homestead parking area on Rt. 1 north of the visitor center.

Cut-leaf Daisies as seen on Wildflower hike
Cut-leaf daisies

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Wildflower Walks - Every Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

What's blooming this week? Join Ranger Stacey on a weekly flower walk to find out. This program will take place on a variety of the Monument's trails depending on where the flowers are blooming. Meet at the visitor center.

Visitors doing yoga exercise during hike
Visitors during Yoga Hike

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Yoga Hikes, Every Monday 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 mile yoga hike. This will be a hike interspersed with standing yoga poses. This program is geared for beginner to intermediate yoga enthusiasts. Meet at the visitor center.

Geologist talking with visitors at Excavation Site
Excavation Site Demonstration

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Demonstration Excavation Site, Every Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein, at the demonstration excavation site and see the fossil beds in situ and learn how excavations are conducted. This site is located off the Petrified Forest Loop approximately 1 mile round trip from the visitor center.
Artist painting in the park
Artist painting in the park

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Art in the Parks, Every Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Drop in and join volunteer artists and other visitors to sketch and/or water color paint scenes of Florissant Fossil Beds. Stay as long or as short as you would like anytime between 10 AM – 12:00 PM. Start at the visitor center desk.
Brown bear walking through Monument
Brown bear at Monument


Bear and Mountain Lion Talks, Every Saturday 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join volunteer Alan Studer in the Amphitheater to talk about the Monument's largest predators, bears and mountain lions, which are only rarely seen by visitors.


For more information about activities at the Florissant Fossil Beds, explore Plan Your Visit.


Last updated: August 28, 2018

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