Things To Do

A family hikes the Petrified Forest loop
Visitors hike the one mile, self guided Petrified Forest Loop trail.

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Recommended Activities for a 2 - 4 Hour Visit:

  • Start in the Visitor Center
  • Explore hands on exhibits and fossil displays in the visitor center
  • View the 14 minute Shadows of the Past movie in the visitor center
  • Explore outdoor exhibits (behind the visitor center) featuring massive petrified tree stumps.
  • Take a self guided hike on the 1/2 mile Ponderosa Loop, 1 mile Petrified Forest Loop, or 1 mile Geologic Trail
  • Youth (and former kids) can earn a badge by completing a Junior Ranger book which are free at the visitor center front desk.
  • Ready for a longer hike? , the Monument has 14 miles of nature trails beyond the self guided fossil trails.
  • Ranger Guided Activities: Attend a ranger guided program between June 13 and Labor Day. Learn more about the Monument's ranger guided programs.

For More Information or for Help Planning your visit call (719) 748-3253.

Last updated: August 10, 2018

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P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


(719) 748-3253

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