"I only hope I'm dug up in 34 million years" Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument by caffeine_induced78
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 18 photos
Florissant is part of a network of Fossil beds that are administered by the National Parks service as a National Monument. This particular fossil bed was the bottom of a lakebed 34 million years ago. When Colorado sat closer to the equator and beachfront property was at what is now 5000 feet in elevation. The lake sat in the destructive path of several volcanoes that erupted 34 million years before the present. The ash sediment washed down and filled the bottom of the lake - encasing and preserving the imprints of birds, animals and even insects. The trees became crystallized by the slow infusuon of minerals into the wood. This National monument is 40 miles west of Colorado Springs off of US highway 24. Tucked behind Pikes Peak the valley sits at 8000 feet in elevation - making it a nice summer retreat.
- Pros:easily accesible and not crowded.
- Cons:small and no services in the park
- In a nutshell:take a step back in time
After you park in the parking lot and pay the fee go into the visitors center. They have a nice display of fossils from... more travel advice
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