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Address: Teller Rd., Florissant, CO
Phone Number: +1 719-748-3275
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Great "hands on" Paleontology experience!

Our Colorado vacation was last minute, so we were incredibly excited that Dixie could open the quarry during the time we were there! Although the weather in October is quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
4adventurefamily4
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Orlando, Florida
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Florissant, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get to look for fossils. We found leaves, a spider and the grandkids were enthralled. If you are looking for something to keep the grandkids busy this is the place.

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Florissant, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love Geology and Archeology, and here we can see what our world looked like thousands of years ago. Great hiking trails with lots of wildflowers and occasional Black Bear, lots of deer and some times a fox.

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Thank Gerdy W
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our Colorado vacation was last minute, so we were incredibly excited that Dixie could open the quarry during the time we were there! Although the weather in October is quite unpredictable, our 'dig' day was absolutely beautiful! Once given instruction, we gathered shale pieces and brought them to a picnic table that held our tools: a razor blade and butter... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great view of the stratigraphy of the fossil beds. As a geologist this stop made the side trip to the area worth the trip. The outcrops at the National Monument are not very accessible so it was great to see this outcrop. I also think it is important to have collecting locations for avocational paleontologists. Without access we risk not... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I was lucky enough to hear about the quarry from a ranger at the FFBNM and back tracked abut 3 miles to find it. Its not very big and on the day I was there run by an attractive 20ish young woman. She showed me how to split layers of shale with a razor blade to look for fossils inside.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

You pay by the hour to mine the rocks for fossils. The rocks are already been quarried - it's your job to split them to find the fossils. Great for families. The quarry is less than a 1/4 mile south of the town of Florissant on Teller Rd (on the right - if you are heading south). Signage is not... More 

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Harrisburg, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

After a stop to learn the science and history behind the area at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, this was a great way to cap off the afternoon. The young lady running the site was both helpful and knowledgeable, not to mention very personable. We spent an hour and a half with our 8 and 12 year old girls... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

My 11 year old is a bit of a rockhound and loves to collect insects..so what better way to spend an afternoon looking for insect fossils. We planned our trip out west to specifically include this spot and we were not disappointed. The site was smaller than the ones in Kemmerer,WY (where you find fish fossils), and had lots of... More 

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2 Thank DrJim2
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I have been three times the first two times a lady was running the site and she was very friendly and demonstrated how to open up the rocks and the piles of slates were large and not picked over. The third time a guy was there and didn't seem to care much, nice enough just not into it like the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

We visited the fossil quarry at the very beginning of their season. My 9 year old son and I went to try and find some fossils. The cost was reasonable $10 per person, per hour. The quarry staff gave a brief lesson on what to look for in the shale and how to pick 'good' pieces. They have numerous piles... More 

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