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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant

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  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument tells the story of what happened here millions of years ago. Fossilized sequoia trees can still be seen as you walk through the beds. An old homestead is also ...  more »
  • Terrific park with great staff. Interesting site with great fossilized redwoods bit the way it was saved from the tourists is also interesting. Nice hikes around the park and awesome views. Worth a vi...  more »
  • Traveling to lesser known parks, we were very pleased to see the wonderful fossil collections here. The hike of the Petrified Forest loop, home to trees that were hundreds of years old, also takes you...  more »
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  • We got there pretty close to closing time, so we didn't get to explore too much. We did get to see the petrified stumps which are close to the visitor center. I wasn't expecting them to be as HUGE as they were. The interpretive signage placed around the area is all very informative and well kept. It seems like a place that could easily take up a considerable chunk of your day to explore thoroughly!
  • This area has an amazing geological history, and the park rangers are generous with sharing knowledge. Walking around the area you encounter petrified stumps of giant redwoods that lived over a million years ago, as well as deer, elk, foxes, and all sorts of birds. This is a great place for families, or people who just want a nice day outside. The trails are well maintained, and benches are installed at various points throughout the area.
  • The rangers stationed here are eager to answer questions and be as helpful as possible. You can tell they love their job, which makes for a fun experience for visitors. Seeing the gigantic petrified tree stumps was quite the experience. Very kid friendly, they can even earn a Jr Ranger badge as they learn.
  • Nice stop with the kids. Some interesting information about the history of CO & easy, family friendly hikes. I wouldnt go out of my way to stop here but worth it if it's on your way.
  • Great national monument area to visit​. The giant petrified trees are amazing. There are some short hiking trails that are great for kids. The rangers are incredibly helpful.