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Fossil Viewing

Shell fossil

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.

Fossils brochure

Paleontological Resources Preservation brochure

 Featured Recreation Areas

Dinosaur bone fossil

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway

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.

Cliff face

Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

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.

Giant ammonite fossil

Kremmling Cretaceous Ammonite Locality

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.

Red-rock river canyon

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

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.