Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant

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#37 of 243 in Nature in Colorado
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument reviews

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  • We visited here on 7/21/21, it's about45to 60 minutes from Colorado Springs. Our take is: If you want to see petrified wood go to the Petrified Forest NP in AZ , it's awesome, even the Utah...  more »
  • Fossil Beds is something of a "pocket site." Accessible and easy trails, fascinating exhibits with clear explanations and illustrations are common. The monument, like many places, is emerging from...  more »
  • I visited the monument recently with my wife and adult daughter. It was surprisingly enjoyable. Althought the visitors center is closed, there are plenty of learning opportunities on the trails and....  more »
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  • Quite a unique place somewhat off the beaten path. Visitor's center and areas are well maintained and done. They are still trying to stabilize and figure out how to preserve the redwood stumps that remain. The rangers are very knowledgeable and have interesting programs. We happened to be there just after kids went back to school and many families were there with younger kids working on their Junior Ranger badges. Interesting natural history.
  • Really neat national park. My favorite are the petrified redwoods. Great walking trails through a high mountain meadow. Don't bring the dog though. They are not allowed on the trails except for the designated area.
  • No dogs allowed on ANY trails We got fined $130 for searching for the "dog exercise area" which turns out to be a small, on-leash area with picnic tables. This was really due to a Ranger who is more interested in writing tickets than he is in helping visitors understand the poor signage. Let's say you don't get fined... Even still you pay $10 each to see four fossilized tree stumps that are falling apart and then walk around on some very ordinary trails.
  • Excellent service. Helped me get my America the Beautiful annual pass all squared away & gave me a lovely overview of the park. Spent a couple hours on the trails. Loved it!
  • A true hidden gem for casual outdoor enthusiasts and those interested in geology and history. While this park/monument is off of the usual roads, it is worth a detour. The park has great gentle high altitude hiking paths for the outdoor enthusiasts. For those now interested in science, the displays, artifacts and rangers will provide great information about the site and it's history. I highly recommend taking to the rangers, as they will provide great insight to make your visit enjoyable.

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