Western Interior Paleontological Society - Denver, CO

Pagosa Springs-Creede

Description: Come to the cool mountains in southern Colorado for a three day field trip. Day 1 will take us to a Pennsylvanian site in the Hermosa formation along the Piedra River west of Pagosa Springs to collect invertebrate marine fossils. On Day 2, we will travel to Creede to collect the world-famous Oligacene plant fossils in the Creede Formation. Day 3 will be a tour of the Ancient Puebloan ruins at Chimney Rock National Monument. Although this is not a fossil site, there are Ophiomorpha Burrows along the trail (no collecting. That afternoon, we will closely examine travertine deposits as we soak in the Pagosa Hot Springs.

Plan to travel to the Pagosa Springs area on July 13, returning home either the evening of July 16 or on July 17. There is lodging in the Pagosa Springs area, or you can camp at the Lower Piedra Campground west of town.

Physical Requirements: The two fossil collecting sites are just off the road, but some scrambling up hills is required. Elevations range from 7,400 to 8,800 feet. The tour at Chimney Rock climbs 200 feet.

Leader: Dennis Gertenbach

Costs: 5 dollar WIPS field trip fee. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, food, transportation, tour fee at Chimney Rock, and entrance fee at the Pagosa Hot Springs.

Number of Participants: 30
Location: Pagosa Springs to Creede, in southern CO
Status: Waiting for approval
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Category: Field Trips*
Created by: Malcolm Bedell
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:48pm GMT

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