U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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.
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.
Featured Recreation Areas
Travelers of Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway can view fossils at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, Fruita Paleontological Area, Dinosaur Hill, the Mygatt-Moore Quarry and the Trail Through Time. Dinosaur National Monument is located north of the town of Dinosaur.
In addition to its historical landmarks, the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway also features a number of dinosaur fossil quarries. Dinosaur Park Fossil Area, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site take visitors on a journey back in time.
Visitors of Kremmling Cretacerous Ammonite Locality will view 72.5-million-year-old fossils of more than 100 invertebrate species. The most prominent of these are the giant ammonite species, such as Placenticeras meeki.
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is an incredible place to view prehistoric fossils. Devils Canyon includes the Fruita Paleontological Area and Dinosaur Hill, while Rabbit Valley features the Mygatt-Moore Quarry and the Trail Through Time.