The Florissant Fossil Quarry is a fun place to take friends when you definitely want to find a fossil and if your friends don’t always like to hike far. I like it because I made a friend who works there, and she has a dog named Jack. I’ve been there two times, and each trip I also went to the Florissant National Monument just down the street.
To get on the site they quarry needs to be open. All the information is on their website (florissantfossils.tripod.com). Unlike most collecting trips you also have to pay by the hour, $10 for kids, because the owners mine the quarry and bring the shale to you. They also have all the tools you need. Mostly you will find parts of leafs but we also found a fern and some lucky people found insects and even one bird.
Jack proudly displays his box of fossils. There is nothing quite so exciting as collecting fossils in the field. This field trip was done in partial fulfillment of earning a merit badge under the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
Note: Jack is among the youngest of our pebble pups. He is in kindergarten. He is a prolific writer and dictates his stories to his mother so that the Colorado Springs and other rock clubs can publish his stories.