Paleontologist for a Day

Did you know redwood trees once grew in Colorado?  Mountain River Lodge is just ten minutes from some amazing pre-historic fossil digging beds. Touch petrified redwood stumps, and dig for insect and plant fossils.  This is a uniquely prehistoric-rich region of Colorado, once covered by a large waterbody, then blanketed with volcanic dust.  Let our staff help you design a day of uncovering secrets from the past. Please contact us today!

Best Fossil Beds Near Lake George, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant Colorado
Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the most diverse fossil deposits in the world.  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore. They also offer a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video, museum exhibits, and bookstore. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253.

Florissant Fossil Quarry, Florissant, Colorado
Get digging! This hands-on fossil digging quarry is a privately-run fossil site.  The property has been in the Clare Family for over 50 years. You can find fossils that date back to the late Eocene epoch, 35 million years ago!  The quarry contains abundant plant remains, remarkable insect fauna, fishes, birds and many plant species. Summer hours are 10am-4pm and by appointment only.

Garden Park Fossil Area, Canon City, Colorado
Visit this quarry and see where several different types of dinosaurs have been found.  Just 6 miles north of Canon City, fossils and prehistoric remains found at Garden Park have been used by museums all over the country.

We want to make certain you have the best experience while staying with us at Mountain River Lodge. Let us help you plan the perfect fossil dig! Enjoy luxury lodging at Mountain River Lodge after a day of digging into the past.

Customize Your Stay

Did you know we can fully customize your stay?  Take your vacation to the next level and contact Mountain River Lodge concierge located in the main Lodge or call 719-748-1353 today. We are always ready to assist in order to enhance your trip!