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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Overview

Visitors to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument may see a familiar forest environment upon first entering the park, but careful excavation has revealed a much different type of forest hidden beneath the park surface. The Florissant Fossil Beds are some of the most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Over 1700 different plant and animal species have been recovered from the area, and the diversity is staggering. Fossils ranging in origin from terrestrial plants to microscopic aquatic animals have been unearthed, and paleontologic research continues today. Visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is the perfect place to see remnants of a very different Colorado than exists today.

To learn more about the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, visit www.nps.org.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The visitor center is open 8 am to 6 pm during summer and 9 am to 5 pm during the fall and winter. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Visiting Tips

The park operates seasonally, and the grounds are only open during park hours. Check the park's website to learn more about seasonal closures and to see current hours of operation.

Camping & Lodging

There are no lodging or camping opportunities located within the monument. Lodging is available in the communities surrounding the monument, which includes the Colorado Springs metropolitan area. Camping is available in three state forest units located within a 30-minute drive from the monument. Click here for more information about lodging and camping options in the surrounding area.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or cafes that operate within Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Food can be procured in the communities surrounding the park. There are multiple picnic areas that provide an enjoyable setting for those wishing to enjoy packed snacks or lunches.

Other Activities

Visitors who enjoyed the 14 miles of trail found within the park will certainly enjoy the other trails that the nearby Colorado Springs area has to offer. Colorado Springs was established as a resort community, and the tourism industry is strongly supported today. The area boasts a variety of great trails for mountain biking. In addition to recreating on trail, the granite and sandstone features provides ample recreation for rock climbers.

Maps & Guidebooks

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument provides brochures upon request to those visitors who would like help in planning their visit.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Running

  • 14 Miles 22 Kilometers of Trail
  • 0 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1 Intermediate Trail Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument - 9

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1.0 mi 1.6 km #1Petrified Forest Loop Trail
Easy
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
Easy
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #2Sawmill Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
2.3 mi 3.6 km #3Twin Rock Trail
Intermediate
Woodland Park, CO
Intermediate
Woodland Park, CO
2.8 mi 4.5 km #4Hornbek Wildlife Loop Trail
Intermediate
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
Intermediate
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
2.4 mi 3.9 km #5Boulder Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km #6Ponderosa Loop Trail (Accessible)
Easy
Cripple Creek, CO
Easy
Cripple Creek, CO
1.3 mi 2.0 km #7Hans Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
1.2 mi 2.0 km #8Shootin Star Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Cripple Creek, CO
0.1 mi 0.2 km #9Scudder Pit Trail
Easy
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
Easy
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO

Photos of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument - 38

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Near the trailhead, heading towards Florissant Fossil Beds
May 6, 2018 near Cripple…, CO
Through Petrified Forest Loop Trail.
Feb 22, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Hornbek Homestead - Florissant Fossil Beds.
Feb 22, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Ponderosa redwood stump overlook.
Mar 9, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Big Stump on the Petrified Forest Loop.
Mar 9, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
While it looks like the trail follows the road off into the distance, it will actually turn to the right at the bottom of the hill and head back to the visitor center. It does provide a good view of the surrounding area.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cripple…, CO
The Hans Loop Trail makes its way through this little valley and is flanked by evergreen forests.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cripple…, CO
The view of Pikes Peak area from the Sawmill Trail at the junction with the Hans Loop Trail.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cripple…, CO