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Alferd Packer

November 3, 2017 - September 30, 2018

Solving One of the West’s Great Murder Mysteries David Bailey, Curator of History and Director of Western Investigations Team, will explain the complex forensic investigation of Alferd Packer and the notorious murder site in Lake City, Colorado. Packer, known as the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. Bailey’s ten-year historical quest and his discovery of new forensic evidence that solved Colorado’s most famous murder case. The exhibition will…

Oral History Program – February

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Toast of the Rockies: Ouray

February 24

Led by Peter Booth Ph.D., MWC Executive Director Discover aspects of Colorado’s more colorful heritage as we tour historic saloons of Ouray. These watering holes often harbor cherished memories from all walks of life that many have forgotten. These range from the historic hotel bars at elegant Beaumont to the classic Western Hotel as well as tradition-rich saloons such as the Outlaw, Silver Eagle—and more. Please fill out and return our 2018 trip registration-medical form to…

6th Annual Museums of Western Colorado Heritage Awards

March 6

The Museum's mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story – a significant undertaking that relies on the involvement of others in the community, either as individuals or collectively. It is an honor and privilege for the Museum to recognize the community’s leading individuals and groups contributing so significantly to protecting and preserving our community’s heritage, and we invite and sincerely encourage nominations for these awards from the community at…

San Rafael Swell Rock Art

March 10

Led by John Seebach Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University Assistant Professor of Archeology San Rafael Swell—full of heritage and natural wonder. As we travel through what was once a refuge for outlaws, we will view the San Rafael Swell rock art sites with fresh eyes, using new interpretations to help us learn more about Archaic to Ute rock art sites such as the Black Dragon and Rochester Creek. Please fill out and return our 2018 trip registration-medical form to…

Oral History Program – March

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Historic Registry in the Grand Valley

March 26

Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort Mesa County is home to thirty-four sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Mesa County, this prestigious list captures everything from transportation and residential to agricultural and commercial sites. Most of the sites are centered in downtown Grand Junction or the Colorado National Monument but this tour will take us to some of the far-flung corners of Mesa County including sites in DeBeque, Plateau Creek…

A Day in the Orchard

April 7

We will be planting new apple trees at our historic site. Explore the orchard, help plant trees, and learn the rich agricultural history of the valley.

Oral History Program – April

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

A True Jurassic Park: Paleontology of McInnis Canyons NCA

April 21

Led by Robert Gay, Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) Education Director The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is truly a Jurassic Park. This tour explores major paleontological sites including Trail Through Time and Mygatt-Moore Quarry, one of the most significant Upper Jurassic dinosaur sites in the country; Dinosaur Hill, where in 1900 Elmer Riggs excavated a partial Apatosaurus skeleton; and the Fruita Paleontological Area, one of the few sites in America where small fossils from the…

Get Your Kicks on Route 66—New Mexico

April 27 - April 30

Led by Peter Booth Ph.D., MWC Executive Director “If you ever plan to motor west,” travel with the Museum “and take the highway that is best.” In this fun and hipster journey down the Mother Road through New Mexico, we will explore the backroad and roadside treasures along this highway of legends. From Tucumcari to Gallup, Route 66 lives on with the people and places along the way. Online registration for single supplement ($200) is…

Historic Trading Posts and Native Arts

May 3 - May 7

Led by Peter Booth Ph.D., MWC Executive Director Historically serving as the cultural connection to the outside world, trading posts influenced tremendously the history of the Navajo and Hopi peoples. One of the best ways to discover the culture and art of these reservations is by visiting historic trading posts such as Hubbell at Ganado, Richardson in Gallup, Toadlena of Two Grey Hills, RB Burnham near Chambers, Totsoh near Canyon de Chelly, Tsakurshovi on Second…

Museum Facelift: Keeping it Fresh

May 11

Update of existing permanent exhibits including the Native American/Ute Gallery, Mountain Men Gallery, WIT Gallery, Thrailkill Firearms Gallery, and Placerville Post Office

Oral History Program – May

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Horns and Frills

May 18 - September 16

Fossil Prospecting Hike

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The thrill of discovery is high in this prospecting expedition. We will be hiking through the badlands of the Western Slope searching for new fossil sites. This is an area full of fossil bone, where new discoveries are still being made. The site you find could lead science to a whole new discovery! Bring your wide-brimmed hat & sunscreen and venture into the unknown! This is a hiking trip. Participants should expect to be traversing…

Callison Quarry Half Day Dig

May 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Discover scenic Callison Quarry, just three miles from the museum in the Fruita Paleontological Area. Probe through the soft shale and use your detective skills to spot lizard & pterosaur bones, mammal jaws & teeth, and perhaps even the rare crocodilian Fruitachampsa between the layers of mudstone. This quarry is world-famous for having some of the smallest contemporaries of Jurassic dinosaurs. A short hike from the parking lot to the quarry is involved, it is…

Callison Quarry Half Day Dig

May 25 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Discover scenic Callison Quarry, just three miles from the museum in the Fruita Paleontological Area. Probe through the soft shale and use your detective skills to spot lizard & pterosaur bones, mammal jaws & teeth, and perhaps even the rare crocodilian Fruitachampsa between the layers of mudstone. This quarry is world-famous for having some of the smallest contemporaries of Jurassic dinosaurs. A short hike from the parking lot to the quarry is involved, it is…

Callison Quarry Half Day Dig

May 30 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Discover scenic Callison Quarry, just three miles from the museum in the Fruita Paleontological Area. Probe through the soft shale and use your detective skills to spot lizard & pterosaur bones, mammal jaws & teeth, and perhaps even the rare crocodilian Fruitachampsa between the layers of mudstone. This quarry is world-famous for having some of the smallest contemporaries of Jurassic dinosaurs. A short hike from the parking lot to the quarry is involved, it is…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Jet Boat Colorado

June 8

Led by Carla Hatch, MWC Trips and Digs Coordinator This is a boat tour like nothing you’ve been on before! You will be thrilled and amazed on this wet and amazing ride. You will get wet with power slides, fishtails, speed runs, and the famous “Cowboy Spin.” You will also enjoy the scenic points of interest, a few stories, and spot wildlife along the Colorado River near DeBeque. Please fill out and return our 2018 trip…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 8 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 11 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Yankee Boy Basin Jeep Tour

June 12

Led by David Bailey, MWC Curator of History Join us as we travel to the gorgeous Yankee Boy Basin with the San Juan Scenic Jeep Tour Company. We will arrive in historic Ouray and have lunch at one of the many fine eateries in town. Then we will head to Yankee Boy Basin from Ouray in open air tour jeeps up the switchbacks to the high alpine meadows and spectacular views of Mt. Sneffels and…

Mygatt-Moore Half Day Dig

June 13 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore half-day expeditions offer paleontology field work without the heat of the day. Enjoy digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the cool of a summer morning. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo…

The Meeker Incident/Milk Creek Battlefield

June 14 - June 15

Led by Bob Silbernagel, Historian, and David Bailey, MWC Curator of History Bob Silbernagel, author of Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of the Utes, will be our guide as we visit the Milk Creek Battle Site and the original Indian Agency Site. We will also tour the Meeker Museum and visit other historic sites. The group will stay overnight at the historic Meeker Hotel. The hotel has been in existence since 1886 and…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry & DJ Prep Lab

June 14 @ 8:00 am - June 15 @ 3:00 pm

Get a double helping of paleontology by coupling a dig at Mygatt-Moore Quarry with working in the paleo lab, learning the skills to prepare fossils. Participants will spend a full day in the Dinosaur Journey Fossil Preparation Lab before heading out to Mygatt-Moore Quarry to excavate dinosaur bones. Our expert paleontologists will be there to guide you every step of the way. This is a perfect match for enthusiasts and future paleontologists alike. No hiking…

Cross Orchards Concert Series

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

F.A.R.M.

June 20 @ 7:30 am - October 31 @ 12:00 pm

Wednesday and Saturday mornings from June 20 through October A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today's delicious harvest.

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Oral History Program – June

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Southern Colorado in Style: Discovering Colorado Antiguos

June 22 - June 25

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., MWC Executive Director Southern Colorado and San Luis Valley offer some beautiful scenery highlighted by the Great Sand Dunes nestled at the base of the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The valley is also called the cultural cradle of Colorado with heritage that includes Colorado’s oldest non-Native community. This tour enjoys all this and more as we will travel in style—riding first-class on the Cumbras & Toltec Railroad, enjoying an…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Dinosaurs of the Western Slope

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 4:00 pm

This four-day expedition was designed for dinosaur-lovers. Get a full taste of paleontology on the Western Slope as we visit historic dinosaur quarries and learn about the regional geology and history of paleontology in our area. Then dig for dinosaurs in the real “Jurassic Park” at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry and learn how to prepare and restore dinosaur bones in our paleo prep lab at the Dinosaur Journey Museum. Bring your hiking shoes, a water bottle,…

Dinosaur Tracks of Moab

July 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walk in the footsteps of giants! Travel to scenic Moab, UT and find where dinosaurs once roamed across the landscape. We’ll see tracks made by both small stalking raptors and colossal sauropods, and even stop by some petroglyphs (rock art) thousands of years old, made by the ancient people that once called this land home. Bring your hat, walking shoes, sunscreen and a camera for this adventure. Short hikes are involved in this expedition. Most…

Dinosaurs of Eastern Utah

July 6

Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D., MWC Curator of Paleontology Discover one of the largest dinosaur bone beds of the Jurassic Period, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Here, as many as 46 individual Allosaurus were buried. Did a huge pack all die at once? Were they washed in from far away? We will learn what new scientific research says about this mysterious graveyard. We will also visit the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price to learn what…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

July 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day for beginners of all ages. Experience paleontology field work at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the Jurassic badlands of Western Colorado. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Water…

Mygatt-Moore Half Day Dig

July 11 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore half-day expeditions offer paleontology field work without the heat of the day. Enjoy digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants in the cool of a summer morning. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh-eating theropod, Allosaurus, are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry & DJ Prep Lab

July 12 @ 8:00 am - July 13 @ 3:00 pm

Get a double helping of paleontology by coupling a dig at Mygatt-Moore Quarry with working in the paleo lab, learning the skills to prepare fossils. Participants will spend a full day in the Dinosaur Journey Fossil Preparation Lab before heading out to Mygatt-Moore Quarry to excavate dinosaur bones. Our expert paleontologists will be there to guide you every step of the way. This is a perfect match for enthusiasts and future paleontologists alike. No hiking…

Cool Summer Nights

July 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cross Orchards Concert Series

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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