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Garden Park Fossil Area

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3028 E Main St, Canon City, CO 81212-2731
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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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3028 E Main St, Canon City, CO 81212-2731
+1 800-987-6379
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

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!

Thank Heath G
Reviewed 14 August 2017

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...More

Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 5 February 2017

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...More

Thank Alan N
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank Iblovinheritage
Reviewed 15 October 2015

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...More

1  Thank Philip Q
Reviewed 27 August 2015

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...More

Thank tnostrud
Reviewed 28 May 2015

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.

1  Thank keithpieper
Reviewed 17 June 2014

In addition to several hikes to historic quarries where dinosaur remains have been recovered, there is a nice picnic area along Four-mile Creek with water and restrooms. Interpretive signs provide information on the area. This is not a place to collect fossils, but it is...More

5  Thank jim81212
Reviewed 13 July 2013

I am a member of the " Rock hounds". A group of people who like to go collect rocks, gems and crystals. We went up to find fossils.....we found nothing! All we found was some fossilized coral, which was kinda neat. It was a waste...More

3  Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 14 March 2012

This is an area where some of the largest, and most complete, dinosaur fossils were found in the late 1800's, and that now reside in some of the famous museums out East. There is plenty of information about this area in downtwon Canon City as...More

5  Thank yousah
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