You never know what you’ll discover in Snowmass.
In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working in Snowmass Village at Ziegler Reservoir uncovered the tusk of a young female mammoth. Over the next 10 months, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science conducted its largest-ever fossil excavation, yielding a treasure trove of well-preserved Ice Age fossils. Museum crews uncovered more than 5,000 bones of 41 kinds of Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, camels, deer, horse, and giant bison. Other animal bones found at the site included tiger salamander, frog, snake, lizard, duck, goose, grouse, trout, weasel, otter, bear, mouse, and more. Approximately 60 species of plants including grasses, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees were recovered, and they have provided scientific information about past climatic changes, and important insights into the biogeography of plants within the Rocky Mountains 100,000 years ago. The preserved series of Ice Age fossil ecosystems is one of the most significant fossil discoveries ever made in Colorado, and will change forever the understanding of alpine life in the Ice Age.