Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry
The Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry is an interpretive site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This is the location of a major dinosaur discovery and excavation in the 1950’s by a crew of young paleontologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
The location of the discovery is across the stream known as Four Mile or Oil Creek. The interpretive site shown here provides a general introduction to rich history of dinosaur discoveries in the Garden Park Fossil Area. Additionally the site includes an interpretive sign representing a stop along the journey of the American explorer Zebulon Pike in 1806.
Roadside Stop: The Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry is a roadside stop that features the following:
Interpretive overlook of the Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry
Stream side picnic area
Restrooms (no running water)
National Natural Area plaque
Zebulon Pike 1806 journey Interpretive sign
Location: The Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry is located on Fremont County Road No. 9 also known as the Garden Park Road. It is approximately 6 miles north of Canon City. The road is paved.
The Garden Park road becomes the Shelf Road further to the north which leads to Cripple Creek. This road is one of three routes to Cripple Creek from the Canon City area that are a part of the Gold Belt Byway.
Nearby and Related Sites
- Various Gold Belt Byway sites
- Front Range Late Jurassic Dinosaur Sites include Picketwire Trackway and Dinosaur Ridge
- Authentic Dinosaur history is presented at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center
- The Marsh Felch Dinosaur Quarry trail is located about 1/4 mile north of the Cleveland Quarry.