Lindenmeier Site – Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Wellington, CO
Located 26 miles north of Fort Collins, the remote Soapstone Prairie (which is part of the Fort Collins Natural Areas program), contains the Lindenmeier Archaeological Site, arguably the world’s most important example of Folsom (Paleo-Indian) cultural occupation. Dating back to around 11,000 years ago, the site was originally excavated by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1930s.
A visitor can expect in-depth interpretive presentations from the site’s specially-trained master naturalists and be able to view the bison of the Laramie Foothills Conservation Herd which are descendants of the Yellowstone National Park herd, notable for its valuable and unique disease-resistant genetics. The Lindenmeier Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Hours are dawn to dusk, March 1- November 30.
Soapstone Prairie is closed in December, January and February.
No dogs are allowed.