Fossil Beds Tour
Drive Dates: Thursday, April 30 and Saturday, May 2
Total Drive Distance: 130 miles
Estimated total tour duration: 5 hours
Join us on a picturesque drive to discover numerous fossils in the ridges and high mountain valleys of central Colorado. We will visit Skyline Drive in Cañon City and the Florissant Fossil Beds National Park nestled in beautiful Teller County, Colorado.
First is a thrilling but slow ascent up Skyline Drive, a hogback ridge composed of upturned Dakota sandstone. Along the left side of Skyline Drive is a dinosaur trackway that showcases fossilized Ankylosaurs footprints. This breathtaking roadway built by prison inmates in the early 1900s boasts a single-lane, one-way road that rises about 800 feet above the surrounding terrain. Not for the faint of heart or those with fear of heights, there are no guardrails despite sharp drop-offs on either side of the road. Don’t worry, we will drive it nice and easy. A scenic overlook at its peak allows a photo opportunity for navigators before we descend into historic downtown Cañon City.
Next, we will visit Florissant Fossil Beds National Park containing some of the richest and diverse fossil deposits in the world. Here you can explore outdoor exhibits on multiple self-guided .5-mile and 1-mile hikes.
After exploring the park, the tour will head to the Swiss Chalet restaurant for an authentic lunch and dining experience. The tour officially ends after lunch.
For those who wish to return to THE BROADMOOR together, the tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a leisurely drive back to the resort.
Other local sites and interests in the area include the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park and Cripple Creek, a former gold mining camp that is home to numerous casinos and historic sites.