Proposal would add dino quarries to Garden Park

CAÑON CITY — The public is getting time to comment on a proposal to expand the Garden Park Fossil Area north of Cañon City and designate it a national natural landmark.

The National Park Service says the existing boundaries of the 40-acre area don’t include five significant dinosaur quarries, including ones where some of the most complete Stegosaurus skeletons have ever been found. Some of the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus and Diplodocus also have been found there.

Expanding the fossil area to include the quarries would increase its size to around 3,200 acres.

The Bureau of Land Management owns the areas that the National Park Service is considering adding.

The deadline for the public to comment on the proposal is Nov. 26.


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