Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Travel Guide

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Things to Do

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    by Toughluck Written Aug 21, 2012

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    In the center of a lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead. A home for Adeline and her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

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    by Toughluck Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    Take a hike. This loop is about a mile and gives a great overview of why the park is here. You'll pass excavated stumps, unexcavated stumps. There are signs that introduce you to the Ponderosa Pines and the wildflowers. There are great views along the way of the mountains and meadows.

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    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Mar 26, 2003

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    After you park in the parking lot and pay the fee go into the visitors center. They have a nice display of fossils from the beds and a small bookstore where you can purchase books on fossils and National Parks. Go through the backdoor and you start on the quarter mile hike that visits three covered petrified stump complexes. Two of the stumps are single but under one cover three stumps were growing together. You can not touch the stumps but it's amazing to get up close and see the width of these trees - comparable to the Redwoods of Northern California.

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    by caffeine_induced78 Written Mar 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This 6000 acre National Monument attracts around 80,000 visits a year. For 3 dollars you can visit the park for 7 days. Another option is the 15 dollar annual pass that is only good at Florissant NM. I opted for the 50 dollar National Park Service annual pass. This gets me into any National Park or Monument without having to pay the entry fee. In some National Parks this entry fee can reach 30 dollars - so it can be well worth the money.

    Fondest memory: Seeing the petrified tree stumps on the short walk.

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