Garden Park Fossil Area
Garden Park Fossil Area
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This area of several fossil excavation sites is best visited by following a guide in your car, although hiking trails are also available.
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Peggy C
Port Huron, MI170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
this is a fun place to visit. They have a lot of stuff in the gift shop and some is from China and expensive, but the rocks are beautiful and the best prices I have seen. I purchased Peacock Ore, are like a rainbow that glitters in the oar. Beautiful for my rock garden.
Written September 14, 2018
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Dave W
Canon City, CO31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
Our grandkids love to hike here when they come out. A hike in pinon pines, scrub oak, and red rocks with great views. Can be unbearable hot on a hot summer day! Also, watch out for rattlesnakes. That is why it is great in the winter--beautiful weather much of the winter!
Written August 8, 2018
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HAROLD T
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
ADDRESS IS WRONG. Given address is BLM office, displays are about 5 miles north of town on Red Canyon Road (Gold Belt Byway). These displays have recently been updated, giving info about the early dinosaur discoveries mad in this area. Farther north from the rest rooms, take the trail which offers views of the digs.
Written March 24, 2018
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Heath G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Pack a lunch, brink the kids, and spend 2-4 hours hiking and exploring the trails in this area. Great views. Lots of historical markers to read. Worth a visit!
Written December 31, 2017
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
About a year ago, we went to the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (a great visit if you haven't been there). In it were numerous displays, one on the dinosaurs discovered just south of Cripple Creek. We've lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years and this was news to us. They said there's been a lot of dinosaur discoveries. We wanted to go see what we could find someday. Well Saturday was that day.

The best trip through the Garden Park Fossil Area is through the Web. There just isn't a lot to see (with good reason. The area is still an active fossil research area.). The BLM has done an admirable job with their viewing area and a short hike. But without knowing just where the fossil quarries are and being willing to do some hiking, the quarries are not in view. And besides, all the visible fossils have been already excavated.

Just knowing it was here and being near was a thrill. I had done quite a bit of Web reading and it's a really neat story and quite an international treasure.

Got see it, if only to be close to some amazing history.
Written August 13, 2017
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Alan N
Rapid City, SD538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
The quarries have produced incredible dinosaur skeletons. It is interesting to see the 1877 photos of the bones sticking out of the ground and lying on top of the ground. The story boards tell some of the history, but it helps to research Garden Park sites before you go. Great geology in this area.
Written February 4, 2017
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Iblovinheritage
Canon City, CO121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Oil Well Flats, a BLM, property is in the Garden Park area. There are tons of trails for hiking and biking. Several good parking areas.
The trails are nicely done and you see beautiful rock formations in the distance. You climb high and can see forever.
This is a very popular place with people from all over the area
Written January 30, 2017
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Philip Q
Florence, CO156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
This area is a gold mine for fossils. Stop by the museum and see the fossils, learn about our early history. Paleontologist's started digging north of Canon in the Garden Park Fossil Area in the 1870's. Great drive and history stops along the way on Red Canyon Road. The best Stegasaurus remains every found have come out of this area.
Written October 15, 2015
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Tabitha N
Yukon, OK65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
This is a good place to visit for a short hike. It's pretty, but nothing spectacular. Don't be mislead by the term "restrooms" as there is no running water...they are simply out houses. Not a big deal if you know that going in. I would recommend stopping if this is on your way to another point of interest, but not a point of interest in and of itself.
Written August 27, 2015
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keithpieper
Louisville, CO103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We stopped here with the kids to soak in some history. There are some nice, short trails, signage, bathrooms and places to sit. A nice little stop over to take a load off and learn a thing or two.
Written May 27, 2015
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