Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails

EASY 19 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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

12 days ago

very interesting place.

walking
2 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.

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

Monday, February 29, 2016

walking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Sunday, November 02, 2014

walking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

hiking
Thursday, November 14, 2013

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

hiking
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Very easy trail-loop with interesting fossils

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2011

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