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“Extremely detailed fossils a great half day adventure.”

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
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Shohola, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Extremely detailed fossils a great half day adventure.”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We walked one of the shorter trails, viewed the movie, and worked on the Jr Ranger badge program with our children. There were a good number of ground squirrels that we observed and large petrified stumps. In the visitor center you are able to view fossils so detailed that you can see the veins in the wings of the bee. We visited the park for about two hours. It would have been nice to have more time.
Our three children ages 7, 12, and 14 all enjoyed the visit and counted it among one of their favorite destinations on our trip.

Visited June 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

I learned so much about the local history and geology and natural science of this area through our 2.5-hour visit to this place. I totally recommend it. There were redwoods in Colorado 34 million years ago. Redwoods! How cool is that?

Visited August 2014
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“Petrified Red Wood Trees, 34 Million Year Old Fossils...”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The new visitor's center with its excellent display of fossil specimens and interpretive kiosks, the mile Petrified Forest Loop/hike and the friendly, knowledge staff will make this a worthwhile destination for those traveling in the Colorado Springs/Cripple Creek area. The fossil deposits found and displayed here consist of insects, fish, birds and plants which existed 30 million years ago in the Eocene Epoch. There are also 15+- miles of trails which meander through meadows and forests within the Monument. Don't expect to see dinosaur bones here. Also, fossil collecting is not allowed.

Visited August 2014
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Westville, Indiana
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“Good hiking”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This was our first stop of the day. It's off Hwy 1 & we went in by way of Cripple Creek. It's $3 a person, which isn't an awful lot for what you can do & see there. I noticed some visitor reviews were underwhelmed. Well, the fossils aren't just laying around for you to pick up & put in your pocket. They are actively excavating right next to the VC! The VC is great! Modern with FLUSH toilets!! We watched the film & looked at the displays.
It's outside where it gets good. There are several stumps, some right by the VC that you can see. The reason there's wire around them is to keep them intact. See, this place has been around for a long time & tourists used to come by the trainloads (literally) to break chunks off of them. An information board stated that some of the stumps have been buried to prevent more damage.
We hiked the Ponderosa Loop trail, 0.5 miles first. Then, the Petrified Forest Loop, 1 mile. Both are fabulous! The Ponderosa is handicapped accessible. The Petrified could also be if you have a strong person helping. There's one incline on the trail. It's definitely a good trail for families with young kids. The trails are well graveled & level.
We then ate our lunch at the picnic tables & plotted our next hike. We decided to take The Sawmill trail & combine it with the Hans trail to make a big loop. This was 3.8 miles. It was a fabulous trail though. Well signed, the gravel stayed on the trail until we made it to the start of the Hans. It's clear not many people have been out on the trails. We hiked through a pretty meadow on the Hans & the grass was high. We saw only one other hiker out. It's a shame. I wish we had time to do more. We didn't see much wildlife on the trail, but it was still great!
There's also another hike - The Hornbek Wildlife Loop that takes you by the Hornbek Homestead. This is also 3.8 miles. We didn't make it to that one though.

Visited July 2014
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Middletown, DE
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242 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“rangers and staff are very nice”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

If you are in the area and looking for something to do and want a quick mile walk, you may want to stop by. However, if I did not have my national parks access card, I would not have paid for the visit. The rangers were very nice and all the staff very friendly. The volunteer geologist was very informative. The petrified trees and the fossils were interesting but... Overall it was not a great attraction.I would definitely not stop with with kids. The kids that I saw were bored out of their shorts.

Visited August 2014
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