The Feds really outdid themselves on this one. The old center was crowded and cluttered. The new center is airy, well lighted, clean, organized, and does wonders for the displays. There is even a presentation theater that shows a fascinating DVD of the area.
Much beautiful hiking in the monument. The trails are very easy.
The rangers are friendly; and have a good sense of humor. They make for a very pleasant visit.
You gotta see the "reserved for" parking places at the new visitor's center. 2 of them say "reserved for fuel efficient, clean vehicles". Does this include my whopping 1992 Buick Lesabre? It gets 30+ MPG on the highway, and is so clean that it is "emissions exempt" by law?
Well worth the short trip off US 24 to see this. I highly recommend this, even for families with small children. Everyone I meet enjoys the fossil beds.
Be sure to see the Sunday Beer Store in Florissant near the turn to the Monument. The sign is a real hoot; and Sunday Beer is allowed in the Monument area.
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