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Natural Areas History

Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Arapaho Bend Natural Area
 

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Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
 

Bobcat Ridge Natural has a rich history prior to becoming a natural area. Check out the documents below to learn more about this special place:

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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Gateway Natural Area

Gateway Natural Area
 

Gateway Natural Area is more than meets the eye. Learn more below:

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Gateway Natural Area

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
 

There is an extensive and diverse human history at Soapstone Prairie - exceeding 12,000 years - from PaleoIndians of the Ice Age to millennia of American Indian groups, to more than a century of homesteaders and cattle and sheep ranchers. The most famous cultural site at Soapstone Prairie is the Lindenmeier archeological site, a National Historic Landmark. Excavations in the 1930s by the Smithsonian and Colorado Museum of Natural History conclusively dated human habitation in North America to at least 10,000 years ago and gave new insight into the Folsom culture. Needles, beads and stone tools were found, making the Lindenmeier site the most extensive Folsom culture campsite yet found. Learn more about the excavations in this booklet about the excavations. Other human history at Soapstone Prairie includes possible Clovis complex sites, numerous stone rings, sheep camp rock cairns, ruins of historic homesteads, ranches and their associated buildings, the foundation of a schoolhouse, and roads and trails.

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Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is remote and expansive. Plan your visit to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area by clicking the link below. 

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area