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Florissant Valley, Pikes Peak Scenic Beauty

July 7, 2022

A beautiful scenic view of the Florissant Valley and Pikes Peak mountain range from the top of one of the Twin Rocks (left) within the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in central Colorado. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photos.)
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A beautiful scenic view of the Florissant Valley and Pikes Peak mountain range from the top of one of the Twin Rocks (left) within the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in central Colorado.

Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world ... Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. 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 geology, fossils, and human stories of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument are part of a common geologic heritage. The layers of rock beneath this valley contain one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. They hold clues of unexpected environments and life that existed here during a time called the late Eocene.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument also has 15 miles of eight interconnected hiking trails and an 1878 historic homestead.

Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photos.

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