Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has a few nice trails to explore, and one of the easiest and most rewarding is the Geologic Trail. After viewing the petrified redwood stumps near the visitor center, this should be the next activity. This walk is informative as well as scenic.

Leaving from the back of the visitor center, the trail crosses a meadow with nice views of Crystal Peak to the north. Educational displays about the park’s history and geology are informative. After crossing the creek, the trail climbs gently through some lovely aspen groves to a fork. Taking the right sharp turn leads to the overlook that is the end of the official trail. There are nice vews of the valley and surrounding gently rolling mountains.

For extra credit, taking the left fork follows the Hornbek Loop Trail. In about a quarter of a mile, just at the top of the ridge, there is a faint trail to the right following the ridge to some rock outcroppings that offer stunning views up and down the valley. This option adds about a mile to the overall hike.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Short, easy trail. Nike viewpoint. Can be extended for a longer hike and higher views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

8,350.00 ft (2,545.08 m)

Highest point

8,450.00 ft (2,575.56 m)

Net Elevation Gain

100.00 ft (30.48 m)

Features

Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Geologically significant
Historically significant
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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