Experience the Prehistory of Colorado Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. Fall, Winter, Spring Hours (Labor Day to June 1): 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. Summer Hours (June 1 to Labor Day): 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM every day of the week.

You're telling me I can't take my dog for a walk in the woods? I won't be visiting this trail.

Great 1 mile hike with my family. Easy and flat, and beautiful too!

hiking
5 months ago

Pleasant simple hike through mountain meadows. Seclusion was nice. Wild flowers were in bloom. It was also a real treat to see a wolf in the wild. Only the second one I have seen.

Simple hike around a gravel walkway. Pleasant views but expected more in petrified wood.

I walked the trail in mid-October 2015. It was in great shape, and an easy walk. the views combined with the natural history explanations were great.

Open all year. Nice workout with a couple feet of snow, but easy to lose trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Our family had a great time doing this loop. There are some great mountian views and tons of wild flowers and vegetation when we went in late June. We spent 30-45 minutes exploring and climbing on the boulders that are half way through the loop.

Cool easy hike - very family friendly if you have little kids. There were lots of great Rangers there answering our kids questions and giving additional information which make the hike (walk) that much more enjoyable.

It is wonderful to see all the petrified Redwoods and know there are several more underneath! The Hornbeck Homestead is an easy skip from here, as are the other trails in the area. This is not necessarily a hike, and is mostly flat. Look for animal burrows, prairie dogs, and lots of other fauna and flora!

on Boulder Creek

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail for kids! Nice views and a fun rock pile for them to climb .

hiking
2 years ago

easy long loop with lots of animals. storms usually come in around 2-3pm during the spring and summer. removed 1 star because you have to cross a main road that drivers speed on.

walking
2 years ago

Not a difficult trail, but a nice walk/hike.

Easy, easy, easy! Not a hike, just a peaceful walk with some cool petrified tree stumps.

A neat place if you are into petrified wood. The trail is very easy, and nearly level.

Very easy trail-loop with interesting fossils

hiking
5 years ago

Fun family trail. Boulders over the creek at the mid point are great for the kids to play on and around. There are several nooks and crannies they can crawl into. The leaves were great the first time we did this trail. A definate must for kids who like to explore. Our daughters, 4 and 10, could have spent all day in the rocks.

hiking
5 years ago

Nice trail through woods; I found some beautiful columbines growing. Leads to some boulders. Nice quiet trail.

One of the few petrified forest sites in the US...Ancient awesomeness!