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Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails

EASY 82 reviews

Petrified Forest Loop and Ponderosa Loop Trails is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Florissant, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 78 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips




historic site

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.

This is a short one-mile loop that provides nice views of petrified tree stumps, ponderosa pines, and the high chaparral grasslands. Stroller and kid friendly with not a lot of elevation change.

Nice little trail through the Fossil Beds! Beautiful views all around!

1 month ago

So cool! So many preserved redwood petrified wood stumps! We loved seeing them!

2 months ago

Very cool little loop to walk! I had no idea there were petrified forests on Colorado! Definitely a unique experience

This was a very neat and easy trail. We were able to see petrified redwood trees as well as some ponderosa trees and various flowers. There was very little incline. It was a quick and easy hike for the kids (4, 8, 10). There was not a lot of shade so remember sunscreen and hats!

5 months ago

nice trip to get people used to the altitude. easy

nature trips
6 months ago

The petrified stumps were huge! Pretty cool to see. Easy trail.

8 months ago

Great trail. Lots of really great things to see and nice views.

Monday, October 01, 2018

The petrified stumps were amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it! The trail was great, easy for kids! My 3 year old had a blast!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Florisant Fossil Beds is one of my favorite national monuments. Who knew Colorado use to have their own Redwood trees? Beautifully preserved along an gorgeous open meadow, the loop displays beautiful wildflowers, small critters, and views across the way up into the mountains. The trail is very easy and there's plenty of informative signs along the way. Be sure to catch a ranger talk to see perfectly encompassed fossils from the ancient lake that once stood here.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I gave this trail five stars because of the giant petrified Redwood tree stumps, not necessarily for views and terrain. The petrified stumps are awe inspiring. I had no idea there was anything like this here in CO...and I am a native!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Very easy, great for beginners. Loved the petrified trees and got lots of pretty pictures.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interesting hike to see some huge petrified stumps. A nice stroll in the field other than that.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Educational and good for young children

Monday, April 30, 2018

easy good for beginners

Friday, March 02, 2018

Should have checked - no dogs allowed even on leash. Makes no sense to me. Would have been a beautiful hike.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great for families with little kids.

Friday, April 14, 2017

very interesting place.

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.

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

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