Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park
Pueblo Community College – Fremont Campus
The Pueblo Community College Fremont Campus “Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park” (CTT) provides a quality educational experience for all ages by encouraging an understanding and appreciation for the region’s rich paleontological, geological, and historical heritage. Its location is literally a crossroads where the planet’s and its inhabitants’ stories intersect, tying together the deep-time geological past to the history of the people and places of the Fremont County Region.
CTT goes beyond aiding students and visitors in understanding the area’s rich heritage. This project further enriches our community by being a connection with and destination point for the Riverwalk trail system. A 2012 US Forest Service study showed that over half of those surveyed engage is some form of physical activity. This park will help students, residents, and visitors stay active and healthy, while providing mental stimulation and encouraging learning.
Not only will the project aid in grasping the timing and duration of natural processes that have shaped the earth, as well as their implications for understanding climate change, it will also address environmental education and sustainability in an understandable manner for people of all ages. Built in a way that protects and enhances the environmental integrity of the site, the project will include natural and historically appropriate landscaping features that will attract the interest of gardening and birding enthusiasts.
As an educational focal point for campus students and K-12 field trips, a gateway for visitors, and a destination for those interested in paleontology, geology, and history, plus an opportunity for all to keep fit; Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park will embody and enhance the Fremont County community and region.
This is not just trails, but an array of places to sit and reflect on this most interesting setting and if interested, the visitor can be a participant, not just be an observer. Projects will create various opportunities for the local community to provide geologic and historic display pieces, ideas, and support. Located at the western gateway to the city, Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park epitomizes the unity of the faculty, the students, and the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College with the community, the region and our heritage.
The Geology Time Trail at the Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park now under construction on the PCC – Fremont Campus was recently extended. The Cañonland Walkers & Hikers helped build an additional 600 feet of the trail on Monday, March 14, 2016 by laying landscape fabric and raking fines. Now half completed, this 2,300′ trail will feature interpretive signs explaining major local and global geology and paleontology events. The Geology Trail includes large rocks as examples from local geologic formations and is an extension of the Riverwalk Trail System on the PCC campus. At 1 foot = 1 million years, walkers are able to get a sense of deep time relative to present day.
Crossroads Through Time Heritage Park has two major sections: a Geology Time Trail, and a People and Places (History) Trail. By including educational, cultural, and artistic displays, each will augment campus activities, encourage public visitation, and enhance local lifestyle. From the Geology Time Trail, multiple geologic rock formations are visible in all directions It is also in close proximity to some for the greatest paleontological discoveries and excavations made in the late 1800s up to today. The People and Places Trail begins at a time thousands of years ago with the Pre-Clovis/Paleo-Indians and runs to present time.