Florissant Fossil Beds
Off the Beaten Path begins with the scenic ride up Highway 24 along the Ute Trail towards Ute Pass. The Ute Trail ran along the north side of Pikes Peak. The trail was first used as a buffalo trail by Native Americans. The Utes used the trail to transport salt from Bayou Salade, the salt valley of South Park to Sante Fe and Taos. The Utes’ name for the pass was El Puerto del Sierra Almagre, “Doorway to the Red Earth Mountains.”
Guests will enjoy the natural beauty of the canyon from the comfort of the Colorado Canna-bus.
Off The Beaten Path Tour stops at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (www.nps.gov/flfo), home to one of the world’s richest deposits of fossils. We will hike the Geologic Trail which highlights over a billion years of geologic history in the Florissant Valley. It passes over the ancient lake bed, then ascends past the remnants of a massive pyroclastic flow and ends at a scenic overview of the Florissant valley.
The trail is two miles round trip, and is a moderate hike. The elevation change is 100 ft. Florissant Fossil Beds is 8,500 feet above sea level.
The leisurely hike allows time for photo opts and stops to “chill”.
The party bus is stocked with lots of water and each guest receives a munchie bag.
Dinner at the Iron Tree Tables & Taps in Florissant is included in the tours. Iron Tree is a from scratch restaurant. Their gourmet comfort food is made from organic products and locally sourced when available.
All Off The Beaten Path tours are Colorado Culture inspired. We limit all tours to 12 guests for your comfort. It is our goal to create a rolling lounge experience through the Rocky Mountains. The Cannabis Concierge accompanies all tours and is well versed in the history of the region.
Tour departs 1:00 p.m. from central Colorado Springs and is 5 – 6 hours. $135.00 per person.
Reservations Required. Must be 21 or older and have a valid picture I.D