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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.
3028 E Main St, Canon City, CO 81212-2731
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Peggy C
Reviewed 8 August 2018

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...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dave W
Reviewed 24 March 2018

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...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank HAROLD T
Reviewed 31 December 2017

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!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Heath G
Reviewed 13 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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 4 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

Date of experience: February 2017
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

Date of experience: January 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2015
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

Date of experience: June 2015
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.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank keithpieper
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