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Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails Professional Review and Guide
"These trails explore Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument’s unique fossil record, passing massive petrified tree stumps and old quarries that have yielded some of the world’s best fossilized insects, butterflies, and leaves. The hikes, which are easily combined into a 1.7-mile loop that begins and ends at the monument visitor center, not only offer fun hiking but also are educational. Interpretative signs are regularly scattered along both trails, giving insight into both yesterday’s fossil record and today’s ecosystems."
--Stewart M. Green and Tracy Salcedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
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