Dinosaur Dig in Garden Park, Colorado
(Aug '04 Trip with the Western Interior Paleontological Society)
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), in cooperation with the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) conducts annual trips to the historic Garden Park area, north of Canon City, Colorado.  This region has produced an enormous amount of dinosaur bones and resulted in some of the hottest rivalries between Marsh and Cope in the late 1800's. These sites include the type localities for Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, Haplocanthosaurus, and Othnelia.

The quarry excavated in 2004 contains sauropod dinosaurs originally worked by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) in 1992 & 1993.  In 2002 & 2003, the quarry was reopened and over 20 bones were excavated.  This year's dig ran from Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2004 and resulted in many additional sauropod bones (see link at bottom of page for "All Images").  Besides digging up the long buried remains of large sauropod dinosaurs, tours were made to some of the historic quarries excavated by Cope and Marsh.

Possible sauropod femur, with rib below

Using hand-held jackhammers to remove surrounding rock.

Jacketing a sauropod bone with
plaster and burlap

Click "See All Images From Trip" to see the entire process of jacketing and removing this specimen.

[Created 8/19/2004]
[Last Updated: 8/25/2004]