Parkdale Quarry

12 Miles west of Cañon City, Colorado

We go beyond what is required . . . to do what is right.

About Parkdale Quarry

Owned and operated on private land by Martin Marietta, the Parkdale Quarry is located 12 miles west of Cañon City. The quarry provides railroad ballast and construction materials for asphalt and ready-mix facilities in southern Colorado and southwestern Kansas. These materials are a primary ingredient used to build railroads, streets, highways, homes, schools, stores and other structures residents in the region depend on.

Martin Marietta, an American-based company and a member of the S&P 500 Index, is a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with operations spanning 27 states, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands.

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Parkdale Facts

Materials from the Parkdale Quarry are used for...

► Solar and wind projects
► Construction and maintenance at Fort Carson military base
► Regional airports, including Colorado Springs Airport
► Roads and highways, including I-25

The Parkdale Quarry is the only quarry in Colorado served by rail.
Compared to truck transportation, rail:

► Uses approximately one-tenth the fuel
► Emits 75 percent less greenhouse gas emissions per ton/mile

The Parkdale Quarry coexists with wildlife that are commonly
viewed in their natural habitats, including:

► Bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, black bear, songbirds, cougar, fox,
coyote and various waterfowl and raptor species
► A local bighorn sheep herd has adopted the quarry as a fall, winter
and spring feeding and resting area

Our reclamation efforts occur concurrently with mining in order to minimize the
total disturbed acreage and maximize habitat for wildlife. Reclamation includes:

► Enhancing the physical habit for bighorn sheep
► Creating cliff areas, predator safe areas for the sheep, and revegetating slopes
► Using native species of grass and other plants that wildlife rely on

We have become an integral part of the community over
the last 15 years by:

► Employing roughly 40 people with good-paying jobs
► Contributing tens of thousands of dollars in county taxes
► Supporting groups such as Boys and Girls Club of Fremont Country,
the Wild Sheep Foundation and Cañon City High School

Materials from the Parkdale Quarry are used for:

► Solar and wind projects
► Construction and maintenance at Fort Carson military base
► Regional airports, including Colorado Springs Airport
► Roads and highways, including I-25


The Parkdale Quarry is the only quarry in Colorado served by rail. Compared to truck transportation, rail:

► Uses approximately one-tenth the fuel
► Emits 75 percent less greenhouse gas emissions per ton/mile


The Parkdale Quarry coexists with wildlife
that are commonly viewed in their natural habitats, including:

► Bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, black bear, songbirds, cougar, fox, coyote and various waterfowl and raptor species
► A local bighorn sheep herd has adopted the quarry as a fall, winter and spring feeding and resting area


Our reclamation efforts occur concurrently with mining in order to minimize the total disturbed acreage and maximize habitat for wildlife. Reclamation includes:

► Enhancing the physical habit for bighorn sheep
► Creating cliff, predator safe areas for the sheep, and revegetating slopes
► Using native species of grass and other plants that wildlife rely on


We have become an integral part of the community over the last 15 years by:

► Employing roughly 40 people with good-paying jobs
► Contributing tens of thousands of dollars in county taxes
► Supporting groups such as Boys and Girls Club of Fremont Country and the Wild Sheep Foundation to Cañon City High School

Application to Expand

A condition of the quarry’s current Fremont County conditional use permit is that Martin Marietta work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to move mining operations north away from the Arkansas River. To comply with this requirement, Martin Marietta has filed a materials contract on BLM land bordering the northern edge of our current operations. The BLM is considering our application for the quarry to expand, which would ensure a steady source of materials for the region, along with long-term, high-paying local jobs and a continued positive impact on tourism, recreation and the local economy.

We are committed to adaptive and proactive reclamation practices that minimize the long-term impacts of our operations.

The BLM’s Royal Gorge field office is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to outline the purpose and need for the quarry expansion, the potential impacts and possible mitigation measures.  More information on the process can be found here.

Environmentally Responsible Expansion

Reduction in truck traffic

Since transportation of mineral materials by rail is more efficient and has a smaller environmental footprint than truck transport, the expansion will allow the Parkdale Quarry to provide vital materials across a geographic area that would otherwise have to be supplied by four to six new truck quarries.

Less disruptive construction approach

There will be fewer social and environmental impacts than starting a new project because the quarry already has the transportation and material process infrastructure in place.

Enhanced reclamation activities

The new operations will be surrounded by a 590-acre buffer that will remain undisturbed. By using native species, Martin Marietta will reintroduce a landscape dominated by shortgrass prairie on the lowland areas bordered by hillside and mountain areas of scrubland dominated by upland species such as sagebrush and mountain mahogany.

Minimized visual impacts

Visual impacts will be minimized by using topographic features to screen mining. Each mine phase – including reclamation – will be completed concurrent with ongoing mining activity.

Location

Parkdale Quarry is 12 miles west of Cañon City, Colorado. Located in Fremont County, the quarry is served by rail to destinations along the Front Range, and eastward.

Parkdale Map

The Mining Process

  • Remove top soil and vegetation

    This material is stored for later restoration.

  • Drilling and blasting

    Loosens and breaks up the rock.

  • Screening

    Separates rocks of different size.

  • Load and Deliver

    Materials are delivered to stations via rail

Parkdale and the Community

Martin Marietta is committed to being a responsible neighbor and supporting the communities that are home to our operations. As part of the Fremont County community, we have been actively involved in helping with everything from supplying raw materials to providing affordable housing necessities to education grants.

Martin Marietta contributes to the local government, community and the economy of Fremont County by: 

  • Paying more than $215,000 in county taxes over the last four years.
  • Employing 40 people with good-paying jobs who live in Fremont County.

The groups we support include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Fremont County
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region
  • Upper Arkansas Housing Authority
  • Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society
  • Wild Sheep Foundation
  • Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Cañon City
  • Cañon City High School
  • Southern Colorado Construction
  • Fremont RE 2 School District
  • Rotary Club of Cañon City
  • Fremont County Scholarship Fund
  • Fremont County 4-H
  • Rotary Club for Library Books
  • Colorado Centre Metro District

What People are Saying…

“Martin Marietta is a valued partner of the Boys and Girls Club of Fremont County and the community that we serve.  Their consistent support of the club’s mission to provide a safe and healthy environment for our community’s youth has allowed us to continue our goals to promote academic success, character and leadership, healthy lifestyles, the arts, and sports and recreation for our children.”

Darcy Cole
CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Fremont County

Children Coloring

“I have had the pleasure to work with the team at Martin Marietta for the last several years and find them to be a great example of a company that both values the communities in which it engages and respects and protects the environment in which it works.  The company’s efforts at the Parkdale Quarry are a perfect example of that and should be held up as a standard for all who work in industrial activities.” 


Kevin Grantham
Former Colorado State Senator and former Cañon City Mayor

“Martin Marietta is a valued Fremont Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) member, business partner, employer and contributor to the economic success of Fremont County, Colorado.   Their willingness to create good paying primary jobs closely aligns with the FEDC mission making them a significant participant in the future success of our community.  FEDC will continue to expand the relationship with Martin Marietta and is looking forward to supporting their ongoing efforts.”

Rob Brown
Executive Director of the Fremont Economic Development Corporation

“Having grown up in an area where mining was a large part of the community, I have a special appreciation for folks in the industry. When it comes to the Parkdale Quarry, I cannot overstate the positive economic impact it has on Canon City. Martin Marietta is one of the highest paying companies in our region and values their employees. Additionally, the company goes the extra mile to be a good neighbor and active community participant. I’m proud they call the Royal Gorge region home and am happy to support their proposed expansion.”


Cañon City Mayor Preston Troutman