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Petrified Forest Loop Trail

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Length


1.0 Miles 1.6 Kilometers


78' 24 m

Ascent

-73' -22 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

8,400' 2,560 m

High

8,329' 2,539 m

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A self guided trail that showcases giant petrified redwood tree stumps up to 14 ft wide.

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Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A self guided tour, that showcases the highlights of the park, along an easy one-mile loop

Description

The trail is a one mile self guided tour that takes you in a counter-clockwise lop and returns you to the visitors center. The trail leads through the beds of ancient Lake Florissant and passes numerous giant petrified redwood tree stumps, including the colorful "Big Stump".

The fossil beds were created roughly 34 million years ago when nearby volcanoes erupted and the ensuing ash fall worked to preserve an enormous variety of insects, leaves, and whole trees in what was then Lake Florissant, a large fresh water lake.

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Aug 21, 2018
Mike Langenkamp
Jun 30, 2017
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Jun 27, 2014
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