Florissant Fossil Beds

The Florissant Fossil Beds are a gem among Colorado National Parks. The best way to experience the park is through the ranger and self-guided tours. Without the informational tours it is difficult to grasp the types of fossils and there importance.


Located near Cripple Creek the closest major airport is in Colorado Springs. This is one of the Colorado Parks that is operational year-round.


This Colorado National Park has several hiking trails, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are horseback trails and indoor fossil and geology exhibits.

Fossil Excavation

The park has a daily program where they demonstrate fossil excavating techniques and do tours of their fossil lab.

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