The duty station for this position is Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado, located 17 miles west of Woodland Park, Colorado. Florissant is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado on Hwy 24. Colorado Springs to Florissant is a paved mountain highway, winding up Ute Pass through several communities, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park, and Divide.
Woodland Park is a good size town with many amenities, including a hospital, schools, grocery stores many restaurants, and a Wal-Mart. It has many lodging options from apartments to single family homes for rent and sale. Florissant's elevation is 8400 feet; it is primarily rolling hills of Ponderosa Pine forests and meadows, with large mountain ranges nearby. Temperatures range from average lows of 0-30 degrees in winter to average highs of 75-85 degrees in summer. Park housing is not available, but rental and purchase opportunities are numerous in the surrounding communities.
Florissant is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with nearby U.S. Forest Service land for mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking, hunting, lake fishing, and snow shoeing. World class fly fishing is just a 10 minute drive to the South Platte River. Also, find downhill skiing at local Colorado ski resorts in neighboring Summit and Chaffee counties.