A plaque was dedicated at the Fossil Trace Golf Club that honors the natural
beauty of the Table Mountains and the backdrop that they provide to the city
of Golden. The plaque was donated by the Table Mountains Conservation Fund,
and serves as an educational reminder of the history of the mesas, pointing
out such things as how The Table Mountains are unique volcanic structures.
Zeolite crystals are found on North Table Mountain and the first fossil specimen
of Tyrannosaurus rex was discovered on South Table Mountain. Geologic study
here in 1943 identified the boundary between the Age of Dinosaurs and the Age
For generations, first for Native Americans and then for settlers as far back as the 1860s, The Table Mountains have been sentinels at the entrance to the Rocky Mountains. Currently they serve as part of an undeveloped buffer zone between the rapidly growing Greater Denver Metropolitan area and the Rocky Mountains. They are important to preserve, as they support seasonal wetlands and diverse urban wildlife and bird habitats. The Jefferson County Open Space program has always designated them as high priorities for open space acquisition and preservation.
"Our goal continues to be to aid the Jeffco Open Space program, in any way possible, in the acquisition of the remaining privately owned land on South Table Mountain and to provide citizen oversight of management of the mesas as open space in order that both North and South Table Mountains are preserved as natural and historic treasures", said Elliot Brown, president of the Table Mountains Conservation Fund. "This plaque is a reminder to citizens and visitors alike", Rod Tarullo, CPRP, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Golf added, "The beauty of the plaque nestled into the rock formation at the base of the club house is a wonderful statement about where we located it. How lucky for all of us to look out onto these magnificent mesas."
Here are a few pictures of the plaque presentation on 06/07/06: