Things To Do

Visitor examines petrified redwood stump at Florissant Fossil Beds
A park visitors encounters one of the biggest petrified tree stumps on our planet...the Big Stump, on the 1 mile Petrified Forest Loop.

NPS Photo Courtesy of Sheena Harper


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 15 miles of nature trails beyond the self guided fossil trails.
  • Check the Calendar for Special Events throughout the year.
  • Ranger Guided Activities: During the summer season, ranger guided hikes and programs occur daily.

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

Last updated: January 14, 2020

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P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


(719) 748-3253

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