Ice Age Discovery
In the fall of 2010, Snowmass Village became the site of one of the most significant fossil discoveries in Colorado history. In October, 2010, a bulldozer operator working on the Ziegler Reservoir made the startling discovery of a juvenile columbian mammoth bone. Scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science quickly made their way up to Snowmass, and the bones found “by accident” that day became just a small part of an exceptionally preserved Ice Age fossil ecosystem. In just 7 weeks during the summer of 2011, scientists and crews unearthed more than 4,500 fossils and identified 20 different vertebrate animals. Skeletons of Giant Bison, Jefferson Ground Sloth, Deer, Tiger, Salamanders, a Camel, snails, plant material, and flora from as long as 150,000 years ago have been recovered. Now, scientists will take these findings and use them as an opportunity to learn more about the Ice Age history of the Rocky Mountains. Snowmass Village is very lucky to have been a part of this once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
Thousands of Snowmass Village schoolchildren and residents were able to check out the bones that were first unearthed in the summer of 2010, and Snowmass Village and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science have hosted incredible events where visitors can see some of the unearthed bones firsthand. Visitors staying at the Stonebridge Condominiums ski-in/ski-out Snowmass rentals have the opportunity to visit the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center in the Snowmass Village Mall, open daily this winter from 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Be a part of the action and learn about the dig with creative displays, educational panels, a half size wooden mammoth, videos and interactive programming. At the Center, visitors can touch mastadon and mammoth teeth, view skeletons, learn how the bone preservation process works, and engage in interactive learning, creative displays, and educational panels. If you’re planning a Snowmass vacation, this is a must see!
Admission is FREE. For more information, call 970-922-2277.