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.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy, wide open, and beautiful trail. Lots of great views of the Peak with some pretty sprawling meadows. After you reach the Boulder pile and creek, the trail climbs into the forest so a variety of terrain to explore on this trail. We were able to do this trail with 4 children under 6 years old, so very family friendly. Be aware that there is a $5 PER PERSON entry fee for this area for anyone over 15 years old.

6 months ago

Be sure and look for the Indian prayer trees. Great trail with lots of features including a boulder field.

hiking
7 months ago

No dogs. No thanks, narrow minded jerks.

9 months ago

lots of cool secret safe caves for the kids to explore in the boulders. We saw and heard a hundred or more elk. the bugle of an elk sounds like something prehistoric.

Great for families with little kids.

very interesting place.

10 months ago

very easy. kids friendly. beautiful views

walking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

I walked this one with my then 9 year old daughter. It was a very easy stroll and the petrified trees were interesting. Not really a challenge, but it did make for a nice daddy/daughter afternoon.

super easy trail but beautiful with the petrified redwood trees! love this place!

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
Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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
Friday, August 01, 2014

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

hiking
Saturday, July 26, 2014

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.

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