October 2016 – Completed

The Science of Mining & the Dinosaur Resource Center

Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meet at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High -1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

*We will be traveling via bus to Cripple Creek and Woodland Park

Our bus will leave from Cheyenne Mountain JH and travel to the Cripple Creek Heritage and Information Center. This 11,600-square-foot visitors center is designed in a style reminiscent of the town’s heyday; however, the technology is all 21st century. State-of-the-art doesn’t begin to describe what awaits you in the area’s newest Pikes Peak travel center: multiple hands-on exhibits combine interactive technology with tactile, audio and video techniques, for an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the glory days of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Other exhibits showcase the area’s geology, flora and fauna and regional recreation opportunities. Additionally, the Center includes captivating historic photography and materials detailing the area’s world-class dinosaur discoveries. You’ll learn how gold mining practices have changed over the years and how humans have affected the region. A wall of windows featuring a stunning view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tops off your visit in a spectacular fashion.From Cripple Creek’s humble beginnings as a 15-person gold camp through its gold rush golden age to its renewed present-day glory, the city’s colorful history is fully chronicled and documented at the area’s newest Cripple Creek travel center.

Next, participants will visit a real, active, modern gold mine in historic Cripple Creek and Victor. The Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine is the largest current producer of gold in Colorado. The mine is an open pit operation. The gold is recovered from the ore by heap leaching. CC&V’s heap leach pad is one of the biggest in the world. The Cripple Creek gold deposits occur within a seven square mile, 30 million year old, volcanic-intrusive complex that erupted and intruded through rocks that are over one billion years old.

Our last stop will allow you to travel back in time at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, a 20,000-square-foot world class museum of which 12,000 feet are dedicated to dinosaur displays. The RMDRC is rated number 2 for best dinosaur museums in the USA by America’s Best and Top 10.

You will enjoy a tour of the museum where you will learn about the fossil skeletons on display by one of their trained staff. The displays are supplemented with vibrant graphics and life restoration sculptures to help you visualize these fascinating animals and the environments in which they lived.