PLACES & TRIPS
The Florissant, Colorado area has several
things which make it outstanding.
First is the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument which has outstanding insect and plant fossils.
Second is the Pike National Forest nearby, in which Rockhounds had been allowed to manually dig
until recently for Amazonite, Smoky Quartz crystals, Fluorite and other minerals.
The third best place on Earth for insect
and leaf fossils is FLORISSANT, COLORADO.
#1 is fine slate of Solnhofen, Germany;
#2 is the Baltic amber of northern Europe; and
#3 is the volcanic ash shales of Florissant, Teller County, Colorado.
Florissant, Colorado is named after Florissant, Missouri. "Florissant" in French meands "flowering" or "blooming". In the summer, the open meadows of this beautiful spot will verify the accuracy of this name. It certainly has flowered in the past 100 or so years with a beautiful array of Oligocene fossil insects, plants and rarely a fish or other aquatic life.
This site is under construction. Soon you will be able to go to a page with fossil plants (mostly leaves) and another page with fossil insects from this Oligocene site. Another page will have information regarding the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Please be patient as we build this Proctor Museum of Natural Science web site.
Nearby to the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument are these other areas of interest: Lake George; Pike National Forest(where one could find aquamarine and smoky quartz--which has, we understand, almost come to an end by over digging); and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
To see fossil insects, click here to go to the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument page on this website.