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Great fun for the kids (and adults, too): our gemstone sluice! Recalling a Western tradition—panning for gold—our replica mining sluice gives you the opportunity to pan for gemstones, fossils, or arrowheads! Take away your hoard in its own bag; with the gemstones and fossils, you will receive a descriptive card identifying your treasures.
In 2011 we adopted two female Desert Tortoises – Shelley and Cienega – who reside in their very own stone enclosure at La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cienega is 16 years old and is very sociable when she’s out, and often assists with our efforts on education. Shelly is 41 years old and is shy but has a very sweet disposition.

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Did you know Desert Tortoises…?
– can survive droughts by storing water in their bladders.
– hibernate in winter.
– are most active during the rainy monsoon season (July–September).
– are protected BY LAW in both Arizona and Nevada.
– have a lifespan of between 50-60 years in the wild and up to 80 years in captivity.

A colorful retreat where dreams take wing…

The Butterfly Garden at Colossal Cave Mountain Park is carefully designed to provide for the full life cycle of butterflies. There are larval food plants for the caterpillars, nectar to sustain the adults, shade and camouflage for protection from predators—and there’s even a special spot for their puddle parties! A haven for butterflies, it is also a place of rest, entertainment, and education for the human guests that visit! The plants are all native varieties. Check out our list of butterflies that have been identified in the Park over the last 40-plus years. You can print it and bring it with you when you visit, and add your own sightings to our list!

Are you a birdwatcher? The Park, because of its many microhabitats, offers great birding. Check out our list of birds that have been identified in the Park over the last 40-plus years. You can print it and bring it with you when you visit, and add your own sightings to our list!

An Analemmatic Sundial—like the one here in Colossal Cave Mountain Park—is not round like most sundials you may think of. Ours is horizontal! It consists of a central calendar grid and an ellipse showing the hours. The gnomon, a vertical rod or pin, is used to tell the time. Our sundial is large enough to use a person as the gnomon! Come be an interactive part of our Analemmatic Sundial located at La Posta Quemada Ranch.

The Ranch:
Going Back To The Basics.