Article by Anthony D. Fredericks
Paleontology – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine
AS I DRIVE INTO Cañon City I am immediately flanked by long rows of motels, a neon parade of fast food restaurants, and scores of brightly colored gas stations on both sides of the road. I quickly notice that the town is home to the Colorado Woman’s Correctional Facility (Note to self: Talk nice to all the waitresses and leave extra large tips.). Cañon City is also the gateway to the Royal Gorge -a stunning geologic wonder that has literally sucked the breath out of thousands of tourists when seen for the first time -especially if, like me, they have a passionate and abiding respect for very high (and/or very deep) geologic wonders.