Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is known for it’s petrified trees. It’s located just west of Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs. It makes a great place to trek around for a couple hours.
Begin with a brief introduction at the visitor center and then enjoy one or both of the self-guided hiking trails. They take you around each of the fossil beds.
After taking a self-guided trail, you can drive 1 mile north to the Hornbek Homestead. Explore the old lands and ranch where Adeline Hornbek lived. It was built in 1878.
Hiking: There are two main, self-guided trails located near the visitor center. These go past all the fossil beds. There are also 14 miles of other hiking trails, great for scenery and wildlife viewing.
- Petrified Forest Walk – A 1 mile gravel trail takes you pass petrified Redwood trees, an old excavation site and a geologic timeline exhibit. The trail begins at the end of the covered exhibit area near the visitor center.
- Ponderosa Loop Trail – A 1/2 mile loop trail takes you through a Ponderosa pine forest. The trail begins same place as above trail.
Horseback Riding: Limited riding is available within the park. See visitor center for specifics. Park horse trailers at designated pull located on Lower Twin Rock Road.
Address: Teller Co Rd 1, Divide
Season: Year round, day-use
Entrance Fees: $3/Individual
Pets: Not permitted