Hungry, Hungry Dinosaurs! How the Giant Plant Eaters of the Jurassic Got Enough to Eat

There are a lot of animals that eat plants. Think about the vast herds of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra migrating across the Serengeti, or dense herds of elk during the rut here in Colorado, or even the vast herds of bison that once covered huge swaths of North America. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. Good thing plants are …

Dave Bailey Retires from Museum of the West!

Curator of History David Bailey’s Retirement I have enjoyed being the Curator of History for the last 28 years at the Museums of Western Colorado. The countless exhibits, research projects, publications, expeditions, events, and tours bring back so many great memories. I am deeply indebted to the Directors, staff members, volunteers, and interns who contributed their time and dedication for …

Meeker Incident

The Meeker Incident was one the final incidents in a long history of animosity between the Ute people of Western Colorado and the white settlers from the east.  Here we explore the events leading up to the Meeker Incident and the Battle of Milk Creek, and the aftermath that was directly responsible for the forced expulsion of the Utes and …

Death & Decay in the Late Jurassic

What happens after you die? Well, if you are a dinosaur from the Jurassic Period of western Colorado… it is not pretty. New research from the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area has revealed a thriving ecosystem of carnivores, scavengers, and decomposers that feasted on the rotting carcasses of dead dinosaurs.    A research team led by curator …

“Pickin’ Peggy” Malone

Thanks to Peggy Malone for sharing this video. Make sure you see Peggy, along with other talented cowboy poets and musicians, at our 2019 Western Slope Cowboy Gathering, November 1 and 2! Find out more here. “Pickin’ Peggy” Malone, a local favorite, is the 2016 Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame Female Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year …

Nona Kelley Carver – “Chili Pepper Pete”

Thanks to Nona Kelley Carver for sharing this poem with us. Nona was one of our 4 poets and musicians at the KAFM Radio Room event on October 11. She will be with us again for the 2019 Western Slope Cowboy Gathering on November 1 and 2. Find out more here. Chili Pepper Pete   Chili Pepper Pete was born …

Cowboy Poet Dale Page

Thanks to Dale Page for sharing this video. Make sure you see Dale, along with other talented cowboy poets and musicians, at our 2019 Western Slope Cowboy Gathering, November 1 and 2! Find out more here. Dale’s inspiration for this poem: The location in this poem is the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, where I spent the …

Kaia Michaelis Joins Museums of Western Colorado as Executive Director

The Museums of Western Colorado is pleased to announce that Kaia Michaelis has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. Kaia has been the Director of both the Brigham City Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History for the past eight years in Brigham City, Utah. She has been very successful in building …

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

Saved and Prospering! November 1 and 2, 2019 When everyone found out the Grand Junction Cowboy Gathering was not going to happen in 2016, Terry Nash, Nona Kelley Carver, and Peggy Malone said, “No way can this happen!” It was a real challenge to save it and rename it at the last minute. It is now called the Western Slope …