Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a United States National Park in the south central region of Colorado. It is known for a large abundance of Eocene Epoch fossils, ranging from imprints of twigs and seeds in shale to massive ancient fossilized Sequoia tree stumps which can be more than 40 feet in diameter. Unlike many national parks, Florissant Fossil Beds operates on standard business hours, 8AM to 6PM in the Summer months, 9AM to 5PM in the Fall, Winter, and Springs months.


"Florissant" is French for "flowering" or "flourishing".


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 39 41 47 55 64 73 78 75 69 59 47 38
Nightly lows (°F) 3 6 14 21 29 36 40 40 32 22 14 4
Precipitation (in) 0.5 0.5 1.2 1.6 1.6 1.9 2.9 3.4 1.3 0.9 0.6 0.5

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By car

Take US Highway 24 west from Colorado Springs for 30 miles to the small town of Florissant, then turn south on Teller County Road 1 for 2 miles. The road runs through the middle of the park.

By plane


Each person is required to pay a $3 fee, good for 7 days. A Local Passport may be purchased for $15, good for the whole year.

There are several passes that allow free entry for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes are valid at all national parks including Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument:

In 2016 the National Park Service will offer several days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), August 25-28 (National Park Service's 100th birthday weekend), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).

Get around

Most of the park is accessible by well maintained trails.




There are 15 miles of hiking trails in the park.

Ranger Programs


The visitor center has the usual history books, games, clothes, children's activities, among other things.


There are 3 picnic areas in the park: one near the visitor center; the Barksdale Picnic Area off of Lower Twin Rock Road; and at the Hornbek Homestead.


Several vending machines near the visitor center offer a variety of soft drinks.


There in only one non-affiliated place to sleep in the park, and no places in the town of Florissant.


Plenty of lodges are located in the nearby towns of Cripple Creek, Woodland Park, and others.


The nearest place to camp would be Mueller State Park or the Pike National Forest, flanking the park to the East and West.

Go next

Continuing south 18 miles on County Road 1 will lead to the city of Cripple Creek, a popular town rich with gold mining history and gambling casinos.

Routes through Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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