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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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Bunch, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 20 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

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

Thank Dayna L
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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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Reviewed 1 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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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

We visited this location after spending the day at the fee-dig fossil quarry down the road. The exhibits were interesting and helpful in identifying the specimens we had found, and the movie in the visitors center gave us an appreciation for the history of the area. The 1 mile hike to the petrified wood sites is well worthwhile

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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103 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way from Canon City to Manitou Springs. Nice facility with a little walking trailing that has big petrified tree stumps. The inside had a small film viewing area and informative stations that talked about the area and its history. There was a row of really beautiful small fossils, along with a very small gift shop... More 

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