Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
The peaceful ponderosa pine forests and rolling meadows of modern Florissant are a sharp contrast to the violent volcanic activity that occurred here millions of years ago. Volcanic ash and mudflows preserved a priceless legacy - petrified redwood stumps and delicate plant and insect fossils dating to 35 million years ago. This world class fossil site, known for its abundance of insect and plant fossils, gives us a detailed picture of an ancient environment and a chance to reflect on the ever changing nature of the earth. The historic Hornbek Homestead is located at the north end of the Monument. Enjoy visitor center exhibits, two self guided nature trails, hiking trails, and picnic areas. During the summer, a variety of ranger led programs are available.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816
(719)748 3253

*Some services are available only at either end of the route.

Photos courtesy of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument