Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails

EASY 27 reviews

Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Florissant, Colorado 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
108 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips



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.

8 months ago

Great for families with little kids.

9 months ago

very interesting place.

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Very easy trail-loop with interesting fossils

Monday, June 27, 2011

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

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