We had been on the road for more than two months. We were eager to get home and anxious to be on the road when we found ourselves in Colorado with our “check engine” light on. Thankfully, family loaned us a car so we could set off on some day trips! Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is less an hour drive from Colorado Springs. It was one place that we had yet to explore.
Here are 6 reasons that we are glad we did!
1. Hands-on Activities
The variety and depth of hands-on experiences were more than expected. We joined the kids for one lap around the visitor’s center and nearby yurt before they settled into their activities of choice. From digging for fossils, to sorting rocks, we spent much more time here than planned.
I was glad to find more than 10 miles of trails to hike! In addition to meadows, you can find pine forests and boulder fields. The views are much different than those just a short drive east.
3. Self Guided Walking Tours
The walking tours are easy to follow and full of fun facts also.
4. A Petrified Redwood Forest at the Fossil Beds
I expected to see fossils but I didn’t expect an ancient lake and forest!
5. Get your stamps here: National Park Passport stamps and Junior Ranger Badges