Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
4.5
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tawny1956
Millsboro, DE498 contributions
Interesting spot
Sep 2021
This is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two, easy trails to see various fossilized redwood trees. Wear comfortable shoes.
Written September 11, 2021
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COGuest
Colorado599 contributions
Excellent learning and hiking
Sep 2021
First time here. Very enjoyable visit. Suggest you go online before you go to learn about the site and watch the 18 minute film in case the visitors center is closed. Plenty of free parking, clean restrooms. Bring hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and water bottle. Probably not interesting to very young children. Lots of good walking and hiking options. Good photo ops. Just follow the map. Spotty cell reception, so take the map with you. Very educational and interesting to learn about the fossils, petrified trees, etc. Would return for sure.
Written September 4, 2021
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Marty D
Lakewood, CO375 contributions
A Little Visited Treasure
Sep 2021
COVID changes everything. This is just a national monument not the Grand Canyon, but it's well kept up and, like all national monuments, has something quite interesting to see. The competent and friendly rangers greeted us outside the visitor's center although it may be open on the weekends.
I loved that it was fairly empty of guests and that it had very nice small walks. I'm sure there is more than we saw, but a couple of hours took us to the major petrified stumps! It was a nice part of an area trip.
Written September 3, 2021
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MissouriMum
Aspen, United States16 contributions
Great walk through time!
Aug 2021
We explored all the trails & enjoyed a 10-mile hike on a beautiful August day. Much shorter walks are possible; take the "Big Stump" loop if you are short on time. Although the visitor center was closed (COVID restrictions), staff set up a table outside with some fossils, & answered questions. Bring water, sunscreen & sunglasses; mask required to use restroom (only thing you can access in visitor center). Pets are not allowed.
Written August 21, 2021
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Rudybaga
Albuquerque, NM174 contributions
Humongous Redwood Stumps
Aug 2021
Well worth a few hours trip or a full day hiking. Due to COVID restrictions the visitor center was closed though some fossils were on display outside the building. Some of the biggest redwood stumps are just behind the visitors center. The parking lot was large with ample space for RVs.
Written August 12, 2021
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tomboy57
Pittsburgh, PA54 contributions
Don’t waste your time!
Aug 2021
Nothing open. Saw more fossils at my local museum. This is basically a hiking trail location with very little shade in the Colorado sun. The place looks nice but absolutely NOT worth the drive if you are hoping to see many fossils.
Written August 11, 2021
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Cary S
2 contributions
Very nice
Aug 2021
A lovely park area without crowds, at least on a weekday. Great for short hikes. Well kept trails and helpful staff.
Written August 10, 2021
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Peter K
Hurricane, UT632 contributions
Not worth the drive
Jul 2021
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 Petrified forest State Park near Escalante is a better choice
If you want to see fossils, go to Dinosaur NP in Vernal Utah, Fossil Butte NM near Kemmerer, WY or even Agate Fossil Beds in NE, all of which are a better choices for fossils.
If you decide to go note the following:
1. if there is a thunderstorm they close the visitor center , strangely they will let you walk the trails underneath the trees and lightening.
2. if you want a souvenir, make sure you are there on one of the 3 (out of 7) days the gift shop is open, otherwise you will be unable to buy anything.

First disappointing NM we have been to
Written July 21, 2021
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RickNorton
Portsmouth, RI39 contributions
Samller than the great parks, but excellent at all points.
Jul 2021
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 COVID conditions and should be back to normal operations in the not too distant future. As others have noted, some of the walks/hikes (more walk than hike) lack shade, but others do not.

For those who want to add to the experience, visit the nearby (commercial) fossil quarry. For a reasonable fee, your children - or yourself can split shale and discover a 32 million old fossil never seen by any human.

Whether you add the quarry or not, Fossil Beds is worth a stop.
Written July 21, 2021
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water4192
Cincinnati, OH4 contributions
History, scenery and not many people!
Jul 2021
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 at ranger-staffed tables outside. The park rangers I spoke to wer great and very helpful. The trails are well-marked and not crowded. I found it to be a great side stop duringour adventurs and exploration in the area. One note - the main gate closes at 5PM so plan accordingly.
Written July 7, 2021
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