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Old 03-11-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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Are there any rock hunters out there who have ever seen any slate in the mountains around Colorado Springs? I am looking for some for an aquarium and figured with mountains around I should be able to find some.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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I'm an avid rockhound but can't say I know of anywhere with black slate, or grey or brown, to be honest. Colorado tends to be heavy in sedimentary and igneous rocks. Other than a few places there isn't much metamorphic, which slate is. Marble and schist are the more prevalent metamorphic rocks. Sorry, I just can't think of any slate locations.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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Thanks, basically what I am looking for is any kind of flat thin rocks. Maybe I will find something around that will serve my purpose.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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You might want to see if someplace like Lowes or Home Depot has slate tiles in their flooring departments that would work, or maybe even one of the rock yards like Pioneer or C&C Sand.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:15 PM
 
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^ Good idea. If you're just looking for a flat, pretty piece of rock try looking just north of Canon City. Lots of multicolored sandstone slabs that way, in the Garden Park area on Shelf Rd. Also, I have used some of the slabs found on mine dumps outside of Victor as yard decoration. Cool pieces there, too, especially around the old Vindicator Mine.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:46 PM
 
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There's a ton of black slate down near Ouray, but that's a distance from here!
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:06 PM
 
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There's a ton of black slate down near Ouray, but that's a distance from here!
I didn't know that. Next time I'm down that way I'll have to find some decorative pieces for myself. Might have to swing up to Marble and get some fun contrasting pieces of Yule marble. :-)
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. I moved here from Louisiana where there are not rocks of any kind and we had to buy them for aquariums and for yards. I figured now that I am here why not get them for free. I have, in my travels, found some nice rocks but needed some flat slate or something similar to make a stacked rock wall in my aquarium. I will check out some of these places.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:12 PM
 
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Yeah, I'm sure it likely wasn't on the up-and-up but when we were just... south, I think, of Ouray on 550, we stopped on the side of the road because there was black slate just tumbling off the side of the mountain. It's off of the highway, though, so be careful. It won't be the type that is huge slabs, from my memory. It's been a couple years since I've been there.
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