Snowmass Discovery
Snowmass Discovery

  • About Us

    Our Mission

     Snowmass Discovery is a non profit educational organization dedicated to celebrating the world’s finest alpine ice age fossil discovery.  

    We have an ancient, world-class story to tell.  Climate change now and in the future is better understood because of the discovery at Snowmass. 

    We plan a state of the art Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass with immersive, interactive exhibits, compelling programming, and new media to bring the ice age back to life and articulate a hopeful vision for the future. 


    In 2010, a bulldozer operator working at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass Village, Colorado uncovered the bones and tusks of a Columbian mammoth--and that was just the beginning!

    From October 2010 through July 2011, field crews from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science along with four dozen scientists from 20 other institutions worked alongside construction crews to uncover 36,000 skeletal elements from 52 species of ice age animals.  These bones, tusks, and teeth along with the plant and invertebrate animal fossils have given us an unparalleled record of climate change at high elevation between 140,000 - 45,000 years ago.  Learn more about the discovery here.

    Thank You

     Please consider supporting our efforts. Gifts are tax-deductible. We are an IRS 501c3 organization.