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.
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!
John H. on Boulder Creek
Great trail for kids! Nice views and a fun rock pile for them to climb .
Colorado R. on Hornbeck Wildlife Loop
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.
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.