|Prehistoric fossils are an important component of America's natural heritage. The BLM preserves and protects these paleontological resources for scientific research and public enjoyment. There are a number of places in Colorado where visitors can view fossils and learn about the history of life on our planet.|
Visitors to public lands are welcome to collect reasonable amounts of common invertebrate and plant fossils without a BLM permit. These include ammonites, trilobites, leaf impressions, cones and more. These must be for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Some lands may be closed to casual fossil collection, so be sure to check with the local BLM field office about regulations for the area you are planning to visit.
Preserving Paleontological Resources
If you think you may have witnessed theft or vandalism of paleontological resources, please report any information you have to the local BLM Field Office.