Colorado Points of Interest

Buried Stumps

Buried Stumps is a point of interest located in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park. This historic site offers visitors a unique glimpse into the geological and environmental changes that have occurred over the past 1,200 years.

One of the main reasons to visit Buried Stumps is to witness the remnants of an ancient forest that was buried by ash and volcanic debris from a massive eruption of the nearby La Garita Caldera. These buried stumps have been preserved over time, and visitors can see them scattered throughout the area.

In addition to the stumps, visitors to Buried Stumps can also enjoy scenic views of the surrounding landscape, including the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Hiking trails are available for those who want to explore the area further and take in the natural beauty of the park.

Overall, Buried Stumps is a must-see attraction for visitors to Mesa Verde National Park who are interested in geology, history, and the natural world. It provides a unique perspective on the forces that have shaped the landscape of Colorado over the centuries, and is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring the outdoors. Get driving directions.

Points of Interest
Buried Stumps
Charlotte Hill
Consequences of Collecting
Early Dinosaurs
Earth Cools
Fascination With Fossils
FFB-Gateway to the Gold Belt Tour
Fierce Competition
Florissant Formation
Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center
Hornbek Homestead
Jawless fish
Kenosha Wildlife Viewing Observation Site
Land Plants
Land Vertebrates
Learning from Tree Rings
Life in the Forest
Life Zones
No Smoking, Sawmill and Hans Loop, VC and Parking Lot
Paleontology Today
Pioneers, Prospectors, and Paleontologists
Present Touches Past
Preserve and Protect
relatives near and far
Resource Protection Area
Revegetation Area/ Wall Mountain Tuff
The Big Four
The Big Stump
The Colorado Petrified Forest Lodge
The Role of Fire
Visitors Arrive
Walk Through Time
Wall Mountain Tuff

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mueller State Park 90 9,313 ft
Molly Gulch 15 7,490 ft
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Trail Creek Numerous 7,844 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park Numerous 6,160 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Wildhorn 9 8,856 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Goose Creek 10 7,701 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft

Nearby Streamflow Levels