Our 2021 Season Is Over

 

We had a great summer and fall in 2021! Thank you to the many families and individuals from all over the world who visited us this year!

Before You Go…

Eocene Experience Kits

Eocene Adventure Bags

Our Eocene Adventure Bags come complete with 3.5 pounds of fossil shale and instructions.

$20 plus shipping.

Ecosene Adventure Kits

Eocene Experience Kit

Our Eocene Experience Kit features:

  • Paleo brush
  • Splitting tool
  • Magnifying glass
  • 4 pounds splitting materials
  • Book of illustrations and instructions
  • Complete in wooden keepsake box

All for $40.00 plus shipping.

Fossil Mobile
Fossil Mobile
Fossil Mobile - Inside

The Fossil Mobile

The Fossil Mobile is up and ready to come to your school or special event.  Our customized school bus is a self-contained fossil lab which can serve as a mobile classroom.  ‘Shale’ we see you soon?

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Fossil Collecting in Colorado

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Fun for the Whole Family!

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Hunt for 34 Million Year Old Fossils

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Unlimited Hunting, Keep What You Find

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We Guarantee You Will Find Fossils

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Enjoy a Hands-on Paleontology Experience

Fossil Collecting in Colorado for the Entire Family

Experience the fun and excitement of finding your own fossils from 34 million years ago. Every visitor gets a hands-on and unique fossil hunting experience. We are a private fossil quarry located less than one hour west of Colorado Springs, CO. The best part is that you get to keep what you find!

No reservation required. Pay when you arrive (cash only at this time).

We are weather dependent. If the forecast calls for rain, we recommend calling or emailing us to confirm hours.

Stay as long as you like. We will provide you with tools, personal instruction, and access to freshly excavated shale from the Florissant Formation which was created during the late Eocene Epoch.

Hours

Our fossil quarry is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10 am – 5 pm, including weekends and holidays. No reservations required. We do take appointments during the off-season for groups.

Directions

Searching for places to hunt and collect fossils near me? Our fossil quarry is located in Florissant, CO, one hour west of Colorado Springs and at an altitude of 8,500 feet. Click to open a map to our location.

Plan Your Visit

Our DIY fossil hunting attraction is located in the heart of the Pikes Peak tourist attractions. Click for information on the area, things to do, eating, lodging, and what to wear. 

Best Place to Hunt Fossils in Colorado

So much fun! Hunt for real fossils and you get to keep the fossils you find!

The Florissant Fossil Quarry is a hands-on fossil hunting experience perfect for kids and fossil hunters of all ages. Visit us for an hour or half-a-day and experience the wonder of discovering ancient treasures hidden in the layers of shale.

Everyone is welcome including individuals, families, small groups, bus tours, school classes, etc. We are easy to get to and offer plenty of free parking.  No reservations are required.

Specimens found at our quarry are on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, CO, and the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, CO.

Step Back in Time

Florissant Fossils date back from the late Eocene epoch, 34 million years ago. Each volcanic eruption formed a cloud of dust and ash that settled on the lake. As this process took place small animals, fish, insects, and plants would be trapped under the weight of the ash and sent to a watery grave at the bottom of the lake. Each layer of shale represents one eruption. Eventually, the lake was filled, climatic changes took place, and this is what we see today.

Top-Rated Attraction in the Pikes Peak Area

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Nearby Attractions

There are lots of fun family attractions and activities in the Pikes Peak area, all within a 30 minute drive of the Florissant Fossil Quarry.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Cripple Creek

Pikes Peak

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Top-Rated Fossil Hunting Place in Colorado