Florissant Fossil Beds Petrified Forest Loop

Florissant, Colorado 80816

Florissant Fossil Beds Petrified Forest Loop

Florissant Fossil Beds: Petrified Forest Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Prehistoric Colorado is preserved in this unique national monument. Petrified redwood tree stumps, insect fossils, plant fossils, and more reveal one of the most diverse fossil deposits discovered in the West.

Eight diverse trails weave in and out of the remains and offer different vantage points of the Florissant Fossil Beds history. The Petrified Forest Loop is a great starter trail and passes many of the more popular sites, such as the famed Big Stump and the Scudder excavation pit."

Florissant Fossil Beds: Petrified Forest Loop Trip Reports

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2/20/2011
A very nice and wide trail. It's not the easiest trail to run on since it looks like a lot of folks ride their horses on it. It's very easy to get to and the scenery is wonderful.
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1/4/2007
I tried this trail because of the recent snow accumulation in El Paso/Douglas County (Dec/Jan 06/07). I am a competitive nordic skier and am looking for places to train when there is snow on the ground. When I tried this trail, I had to stick to the snowmobile and snowshoe tracks along the east side of the railroad tracks and I skied to Palmer Lake and back (about 9.6 miles according to the trailhead sign). I did not try the Kipp Loop trail as there was too much untracked snow depth. The terrain was easy which was what I was looking for. I actually wished for more snowmobile tracks to make the snow more packed down so I could ski faster. I suppose it is too much to ask for groomed trails due to the inconsistency of the snow cover around here. Overall, a pleasant trail for my needs at the time and it's easily accessible directly off the highway for my travels between the Springs and Denver.
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Trail Information

Florissant
Nearby City
1.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
All year
Season
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Lake George
Local Maps