(all photos of Big Horn Sheep courtesy Wanda Reaves)

Wanda Reaves, Project Manager for the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation, recently invited The Big Something on morning sojourn up the Queens Canyon Quarry scar. Shrouded in mystery for the mere fact that it isn’t open to the public, Wanda helped us demystify the history, the reclamation process and why it is that it is unlikely ever to become an open space or a public park.

Because this excursion was so interesting and long and wonderfully narrated in Ms. Reaves’ long Texas drawl, we’ve decided to break this one up into two parts. Part 2 will arrive on Friday. Enjoy.

GIGANTIC DISCLAIMER: THE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE HAS ASKED THAT PEOPLE REFRAIN FROM TRESPASSING ON THE QUEENS CANYON QUARRY SCAR BECAUSE THERE IS A VERY SENSITIVE AND SKITTISH HERD OF WILD BIG HORN SHEEP, WHICH IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY ITS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. SO PLEASE, DON’T CONSIDER THIS FEATURE AN INVITATION TO ENTER THE SITE WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN RECLAMATION FOUNDATION.

(Hey, leave some feedback below or send us an email why don’t you? It’s thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

8 Responses to Everything You Wanted to Know About the Queens Canyon Quarry Scar & More, Part 1

  1. Elizabeth Augustyn says:

    Another great informative installment of The Big Something. I’ve wondered about the reclamation…it’s looking really good. Loved hearing the story from Wanda.

  2. Finn says:

    What a great story. I’m looking forward to part 2.

  3. Thank you for all your great work in bringing the community The Big Something. I have watched every one of them and have learned something each time. This one was particularly incredible, as a native, I have always wondered about that area of town. I look forward to part 2.

  4. Ben Brunson says:

    Good job letting Wanda talk–one missed follow question: What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done?

  5. Louise C says:

    So, isn’t it wonderful!!! Tear down a mountainside, make money by selling the limestone to make concrete to make NORAD in support of the Cold War. And now the Cold War is over, NORAD has been abandoned and we’re left with mountainside scarred by mining, that will never have the beauty of the original contours–it will always look weird with artificial contours and corrugations. Add thousands of hours of volunteer work to replant with some success (not total success, and donations of top soil (what happened to the original soil?). The only good thing is the land is being used for big horn sheep habitat. Just one more depredation of the environment due to the war mentality.

  6. Annie Schmitt says:

    I finally subscribed to The Big Something yesterday, and already am so glad I did As an over 40 year resident, have always been disappointed with the scar. But am glad to understand the history, and I also want to know what the most exciting exciting thing you ever did was????

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  8. Frances says:

    This is such a great story. I’m glad you’re doing this… and i’ve been curious about the scar for as long as i’ve seen it. this piece is really satisfying.

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