Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails

EASY 11 reviews

Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Florissant, CO that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.6 miles 125 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

Directions from Florissant: Traveling west on Highway 24, you'll come to a junction with State Road 1 in Florissant. Turn left on to 1 and travel 2.5 miles to the road that leads to the Florissant National Monument Visitors Center.

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

9 months ago

walking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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!

walking
2 years ago

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

hiking
3 years ago

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

hiking
3 years ago

Very easy trail-loop with interesting fossils

hiking
5 years ago

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