Colorado Points of Interest

Florissant Formation

The Florissant Formation is a point of interest located in the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado. This National Park is known for its rich biodiversity and geological marvels. The Florissant Formation is a unique piece of geological history that is worth visiting for several reasons.

One of the main reasons to visit the Florissant Formation is to see the petrified stumps of ancient redwood trees that once towered over the landscape. These trees date back to the Eocene period, which was about 34 million years ago. The petrified stumps have been preserved in great detail and offer a glimpse into what life was like in prehistoric times.

Additionally, visitors to the Florissant Formation can see a variety of other fossils, including insects, fish, and leaves. These fossils are also well-preserved and provide insight into the rich biodiversity that existed in the area millions of years ago.

Another unique feature of the Florissant Formation is the presence of volcanic ash. This ash helped to preserve the fossils and create the conditions necessary for the petrification process to occur. Visitors can see layers of ash in the rock formations and learn about the geological processes that created this unique landscape.

Overall, the Florissant Formation is a must-see destination for anyone interested in geology, history, and the natural world. The petrified redwood stumps, fossils, and volcanic ash offer a unique glimpse into a time long gone, and provide a fascinating look at the natural processes that shape our world. Get driving directions.

Points of Interest
Buried Stumps
Charlotte Hill
Consequences of Collecting
Early Dinosaurs
Earth Cools
Fascination With Fossils
FFB-Gateway to the Gold Belt Tour
Fierce Competition
Florissant Formation
Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center
Hornbek Homestead
Jawless fish
Kenosha Wildlife Viewing Observation Site
Land Plants
Land Vertebrates
Learning from Tree Rings
Life in the Forest
Life Zones
No Smoking, Sawmill and Hans Loop, VC and Parking Lot
Paleontology Today
Pioneers, Prospectors, and Paleontologists
Present Touches Past
Preserve and Protect
relatives near and far
Resource Protection Area
Revegetation Area/ Wall Mountain Tuff
The Big Four
The Big Stump
The Colorado Petrified Forest Lodge
The Role of Fire
Visitors Arrive
Walk Through Time
Wall Mountain Tuff

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park Numerous 6,160 ft
Wildhorn 9 8,856 ft
Trail Creek Numerous 7,844 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Mueller State Park 90 9,313 ft
Molly Gulch 15 7,490 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Goose Creek 10 7,701 ft

Nearby Streamflow Levels