Colorado Geological Survey has many publications that can be purchased through our online bookstore. If you are interested in learning about the geology of Colorado, check out Messages in Stone – Colorado’s Colorful Geology – it’s our award-winning best-seller!

Further Reading and Resources

(* Titles available from the Colorado Geological Survey)

General – Popular:

Tourist Guide to Colorado Geology, Matthews, Vincent. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2009.*

Roadside Geology of Colorado, Second Edition, Chronic, Halka and Felice Williams. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing, 2002.*

Geology of Colorado Illustrated, Foutz, Dell R., 1994.

Hiking Colorado’s Geology, Hopkins, Ralph Lee and Lindy Birkel Hopkins. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books, 2000.

Ancient Denvers: Scenes from the Past 300 Million Years of the Colorado Front Range, Johnson, Kirk R. and Robert G. Raynolds. Denver: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001.

Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth, Johnson, Kirk R. and Richard K. Stucky. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1995.

Geology Tour of Denver’s Buildings and Monuments, Murphy, Jack A. Denver: Historic Denver, 1995.*

Geology Tour of Denver’s Capitol Hill Stone Buildings, Murphy, Jack A. Denver: Historic Denver, 1997.*

Rocky Mountain Splendor: A Mile by Mile Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park, Osterwald, Doris B. Lakewood: Western Guideways, 1989.

Geology Along Trail Ridge Road: A Self-Guided Tour for Motorists, Raup, Omer B. Guilford: Falcon Publishing, 2005.

Rocks Above the Clouds: A Hiker’s and Climber’s Guide to Colorado Mountain Geology, Reed, Jack and Gene Ellis. The Colorado Mountain Club Press.*

Guide to the Geology of Colorado, Taylor, Andrew M., Cataract Lode Mining Company, 1999.

General – Technical:

Geologic Atlas of the Rocky Mountain Region, United States of America. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1972.

Colorado Geology, Kent, Harry C. and Karen W. Porter, editors. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Symposium, 1980.

Geologic Map of Colorado, Tweto, Ogden. USGS, 1979.

Geologic Sections Across Colorado, Tweto, Ogden.(five geologic sections that supplement theGeologic Map of Colorado.) USGS, 1983.*


Colorado’s Dinosaurs, Jenkins, Janice L. and John T. Jenkins. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1993.*

Colorado Rockhounding: A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils, Voynick, Stephen M. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing, 1995.*


Coalbed Methane in the Upper Cretaceous Fruitland Formation, San Juan Basin, New Mexico and Colorado, Ayers, W. B. and W. R. Kaiser, editors. New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, 1994.

Colorado Mineral and Energy Industry Activities, 2014-2015, James R. Guilinger and John W. Keller. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2015.*

Gold Occurrences of Colorado, Davis, M. W. and R. K. Streufert. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1990.*

Minerals of Colorado, Eckel, Edwin B. et al. Denver: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Fulcrum Publishing, 1997.

Gold Panning and Placering in Colorado: How and Where, Parker, B.H., Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1992, 2009.*

Colorado Gem Trails and Mineral Guide, Pearl, Richard M. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1972.*

Colorado Gold: From the Pike’s Peak Rush to the Present, Voynick, Stephen M.Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing, 1992.


Coal Mine Subsidence and Land Use in the Boulder-Weld Coalfield, Boulder and Weld Counties, Colorado, Amuedo and Ivey. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1975.*

Colorado Earthquake Information 1867-1996, Kirkham, Robert M. and William P. Rogers.CD-ROM. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2000.*

Guide to Swelling Soils for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners, Noe D. C., C. L. Jochim, and W. P. Rogers.
Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2007.*

Contributions to Colorado Seismicity and Tectonics: A 1986 Update., Rogers, W. P. and Robert M. Kirkham. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1986.*

Collapsible Soils in Colorado, White, Jonathan L. and Celia Greenman. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2008.*


Caves of Colorado, Parris, Lloyd E. Boulder: Pruett Publishing, 1982.

Colorado Caves: Hidden Worlds Beneath the Peaks, Rinehart, Richard I. Englewood: Westcliffe Publishers, 2001.


Colorado’s Hot Springs, Second Edition, George, Deborah Frazier. Boulder: Pruett Publishing, 2000.*

Ground Water Atlas of Colorado,Topper, Ralf. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 2003.*

Natural Acid Rock Drainage Associated with Hydrothermally Altered Terrane in Colorado, John T. Neubert, Jeffrey P. Kurtz, Dana J. Bove, and Matthew A. Sares. Colorado Geological Survey, 2011*

Bibliography of Geothermal Reports in Colorado, Pearl, Richard H., Ted G. Zacharakis, Frank N. Repplier, and Kevin P. McCarthy. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1981.*

Field Guides:

Geological Road Logs of Colorado, Donnell, John R., editor. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1960.

Studies in Colorado Field Geology, Epis, Rudy C. and Robert J. Weimer, editors. Colorado School of Mines, 1976 Annual Meeting Geological Society of America, November 8-11, 1976.

GSA Field Guide 1, Colorado and Adjacent Areas, Lageson, David R., Alan P. Lester, and Bruce D. Trudgill, editors. 1999.

A Field Guide to Dinosaur Ridge, Lockley, M.G. and L. Marquardt. Denver: Colorado Geological Survey, 1995.*

The Mountain Geologist. Guidebook Issue, Part I, Vol. 9, Nos 2-3. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1972.

The Mountain Geologist. Guidebook Issue, Part II, Vol. 9, Nos 2-3. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1972.

Studies in Colorado Field Geology, Weimer, Robert J. and John D. Haun, editors. Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Colorado Scientific Society, 1960.

Geologic Excursions to the Rocky Mountain and Beyond, Field Trip Guidebook for the 1996 Annual Meeting, Geologic Society of America, Denver, Thompson, R.A., M.R. Hudson, and C.L. Pillmore, eds, 1996.*

Last Updated: 10/13/2016