Pike National Forest & Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Our first few days in Colorado were a little uneventful because while hiking in Palo Duro, Alan was breaking in some new hiking boots and got huge blisters on his heels. Once they healed and we started hiking around, we quickly fell in love with Colorado’s majestic mountain scenery!

Pikes National Forest

We were lucky enough to find a great campsite within Pikes National Forest that became our home base for a few days. While in the Colorado Springs area, we drove up the infamous Pikes Peak scenic drive. Unfortunately, we could not make it to the peak due to poor weather conditions. We were still able to stop for some scenic views on our way up the mountain.

The view from our campsite

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. While exploring the park we hiked a multitude of small trails that amounted to 6 miles and saw some massive ancient petrified redwood stumps. We were especially surprised to find out that a lush redwood forest existed in Colorado 30 million years ago!

Ancient petrified redwood stump

Takeaways

Pike National Forest was our first stop in Colorado and was a great first impression to an amazingly scenic state.

2 thoughts on “Pike National Forest & Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

  1. Mike Perkins June 30, 2020 / 11:14 PM

    What a great introduction to Colorado’s mountain country!

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  2. Jasmine Cabrera July 1, 2020 / 6:01 PM

    those stumps are huge! that park looks absolutely beautiful!

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