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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Address: 15807 County Road 1, Florissant, CO 80816
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+1 719-748-3253

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Stopped by the Homestead

Stopped by the homestead just off the highway. This would be the dream home for my wife. Great views, interesting history. Easy to get around.

Reviewed 17 July 2016
Wayne R
Atlanta, Georgia
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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting this monument. It had a small exhibit inside and many hiking trails outside. Depending on the trail you take, there are different things to see. We took the mile hike with a 5-yo and 8-yo. I might suggest the half mile unless your kids are used to hiking. Ours were not pleased with us. It didn't help... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We embarked on a two week trip to the National Park Service locales in southwestern Colorado. The Fossil Beds were our first stop. The Rangers and volunteers were excellent - providing us great information to guide us. We spent four hours hiking the trails and enjoying a spectacular day. We would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and... More 

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Bunch, Oklahoma
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

It was an interesting place, the best part of which was the fossilized redwood stumps. I took a short hike through the pines which I enjoyed, and the visitor center museum was interesting especially if you are interested in fossils. This place just wasn't "down my alley."

Thank Darrel-Carol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

It was really neat to see giant fossilized redwood stuns in the middle of Colorado. You can see most of the sights via a short trail. We spent about an hour and a half walking different trails with two young children. Worth the trip and $5 a person.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Stopped by the homestead just off the highway. This would be the dream home for my wife. Great views, interesting history. Easy to get around.

Thank Wayne R
Sunnyvale, California, United States
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

For us two old fossils Florissant presented a bit of a walking challenge. The Center kindly lent us a wide tracked wheel chair to navigate the unpaved lightly graveled surface but we turned back early and fully enjoyed the film and exhibits. Kids buzzed around filling in their Junior Ranger books. With an afternoon left we headed to Cripple Creek... More 

Thank Marsha S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Was not sure about this place but my sister-in-law highly recommended it. She was not wrong. Interesting geological history, some impressive fossils and petrified tree stumps, lovely hiking, and a very well preserved old homestead.

Thank John R
Harrisburg, United States
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Helpful staff and excellent exhibits with a hands-on fossil lab. Be sure to check out the movie first!

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San Antonio, Texas
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

As an avid history and nature fan, I was really shocked to see this place on my travels. I did not know this was here, so we detoured for a visit. Getting to learn about the history, meet the rangers, see the petrified wood, and do some hiking was all worth it. The site is over 2000 acres, so there... More 

Thank Furyhorn
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

This national park/monument is priceless! With fossils dating back 34 million years ago, wide open mountain space and over 14 miles of hiking trails and 6000 square acres, you will not be bored here! Lots of wildflowers during the summer and many species of trees, animals, birds and insects can be seen. Not uncommon to see elk, gray jays, stellar... More 

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