Located in Teller County, Florissant was established in 1870. Although it appears to be a sleepy mountain town on Highway 24, it has continued to grow and meet the needs of its small but growing population. It is named after Florissant, Missouri, the hometown of an early settler. The name itself stems from the French verb fleurir, which means to flourish, flower or blossom. It has several subdivisions, including Colorado Mountain Estates, Druid Hills, Florissant Heights, Indian Creek, Wilson Lakes, Valley Hi and Bear Trap Ranch. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is located immediately south of town, which, besides its namesake fossils, provides one of the prime elk viewing locations in the county.