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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

15807 Teller County Rd. 1, Divide, Colorado 80816 USA

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“one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world”

Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. The fossils, rocks, hills, and valleys that make up Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument reveal to us an ancient story of redwood forests, volcanic eruptions, and a climate much different than today. In addition to a rich ancient history, the Florissant valley also contains the stories of prehistoric hunting and gathering Paleo-Indians, the Ute and Jicarilla Apache peoples, the travels of a pioneer nation, and of early scientists making their way through discovery into a different time.

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Reviewed by
Kori and Brian Truono

  • Road Warrior
  • 78 Reviews
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November 19, 2015
Rated 3.0

Definitely the largest petrified trees I have ever seen. It is a bit out of the way, but worth a stop if you are in the area.

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hopeclinton

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June 14, 2018
Rated 5.0

This place is absolutely beautiful. It’s a little off the beaten path but the views are worth it. There’s plenty to do and it’s so cool to see these petrified redwoods.

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

15807 Teller County Rd. 1
Divide, Colorado
80816 USA

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