Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument


As family we share a love for each other and for exploring. Every month we set a time for Bruce’s side of the family to all get together and quite often that  get-together involves some kind of adventure. We can’t complain – it is so fun to get out and explore the world with our nieces & nephews (they are such a hoot!)

This month we went up the the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument! Not only is it beautiful, but it is one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. We were able to look at the HUGE petrified redwood stumps and see some of the  thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants found in this valley here in Colorado.

We also got to visit a homestead in the area on our hike (which may have been one of my favorite parts because I’m a huge history nerd  ) – there is just something crazy cool about trying to imagine how people used to live hundreds of years ago.

PS: You might want to add this to your Colorado list 

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Have you ever been here? Does your family go on day trips? What adventures are near you?

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • I’ve never been there, but it looks SO fun!! When we move out of Alaska, we’ll have more chances to visit national parks and such. We only have a few here and they’re very much NOTHING like the lower 48 national parks. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      that is so fun!!! Alaska is totally on my list!!!

  • I will add it to my CO list. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats


  • I’ve never been to the fossil beds. Sounds like a fun adventure!

    • Oak & Oats

      It was pretty fun and it is only like 45 minutes away!

  • You make me want to explore Colorado! I visited Denver once when I was young with my family. We only went to watch the drag races for a day on our way to New Mexico, so I don’t think it really counted.

    • Oak & Oats

      Oh girl YES!!!! You totally need to come back. There are SO many cool things around here!

  • This place looks beautiful! I love old historic buildings. I did a wedding this weekend in one that used to be part of a zoo, which was really fun!

    • Oak & Oats

      Oh man! That is like way cool!

  • Colorado looks like such a beautiful place. I miss the mountains.

    • Oak & Oats

      I know! It is so fun to be surrounded by them!

  • I love how you documented all these adventures! It looks so fun! Tyler and I always miss having family close to go on adventures with. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      It is very nice to have family! And you know me, I cannot not document the people 😉

  • amy

    i. need. to. be. there! <3
    (these pictures are fantastic too!)

    • Oak & Oats

      Girl! You rock.