Petrified Forest Loop

Florissant, CO
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Petrified Forest Loop trail is found in the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Park. This 1 mile loop trail is all-terrain stroller friendly, and great for a toddler led hike. This trail leads through the bed of ancient Lake Florissant. It passes numerous giant petrified redwood tree stumps, including the colorful “Big Stump.” The visitor center is great to explore, and there is also a hands on fossil beds area.


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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 200 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area and Visitor Center

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $7.00

Entrance Fees:
Florissant Fossil Beds NM Fee – Individuals 16 years old or older – $7.00
Per person for individuals 16 years old or older. Good for 7 days.

Entrance Passes:
Florissant Fossil Beds Annual Pass – $30.00
Good for cardholder and 3 other adults (16 and older) to Florissant Fossil Beds NM. Good for one year from purchase date.

Trail Contributor

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I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2010, and really enjoy hiking! I became active with Hike it Baby in April 2016 and fell in love with carrier hikes. I became a branch ambassador for the Colorado Springs branch in February 2018.  I now help with the national team with localized support and the LEAP program.  I currently host and enjoy toddler led and stroller hikes.


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Getting There

DIRECTIONS: Visitors traveling north/south on I-25: Exit at US 24 West, travel 35 miles to town of Florissant, then follow signs two miles south to the visitor center on Teller County 1. Visitors traveling east/west on US 24: Exit to the town of Florissant, then follow signs two miles south on Teller County 1 to the visitor center. Visitors traveling from the town of Cripple Creek: Follow Teller County Road 1 north for 16 miles.