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Out of Place and Time: Heritage Rendezvous 2018

October 19, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Forensic Paleontology

January 21 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a FREE public lecture! Paleontologist Dr. Stephanie K. Drumheller from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be here to speak about her research into the exciting field of Forensic Paleontology. Come hear some amazing case studies of how she helped unlock the mysteries of prehistoric "Who Done it" from the Triassic Period to the Cretaceous. If you enjoy shows like C.S.I. and N.C.I.S.... just imagine how much more fun it will be…

Telluride Historic Pub Crawl: Toast to the Rockies

February 19

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., in cooperation with the Telluride Historical Museum  We will join the Telluride Historical Museum and sip into history at some of the historic watering holes such as the Oak, Sheridan Bar, and Last Dollar Saloon. “We Built This City” is the theme, and at each stop a speaker will give historical insight to the development of Telluride, how the town evolved from a builder’s perspective, and the stories behind some…

Oral History Program – February

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

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

2019 Annual Heritage Awards

March 5

The Heritage Awards celebrate the contributions of community members toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the Grand Valley. The MWC relies on others in the community, either in cooperation with the museum or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for us to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who have contributed so significantly to the community’s heritage. For award…

Geology Jeep Tour of Canyonlands National Park

March 11

Photo courtesy of www.maxpixel.net Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D. Relax and let us do the driving. Canyonlands National Park is famous for its geological wonders and beauty. Experience the red rock landscape on an exciting Jeep caravan up historic Shafer Trail into the heart of the park. Marvel at towering monoliths, plunging canyons, majestic hoodoos, and more. Don’t forget your camera and hat on this scenic trip. $150/Museum member; $175/Non-member Includes transportation, Jeep excursion, and guide…

Oral History Program – March

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

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

Nine-Mile Canyon Rock Art Tour

March 23

Photo courtesy of Zebulon Miracle Led by John Seebach, Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University Join Colorado Mesa University professor in Archeology John Seebach as he leads us to one of Utah’s best-known rock art sites and often called the “longest art gallery in the world.” Nine-Mile Canyon is a must for any rock art lover! The canyon, one of the most endangered archaeological sites today, has miles of Fremont, Ute, and Historic rock art. This trip…

Native American Arts Auction

March 30

More information to come

A Day in the Orchard

April 6

More information to come

Dominguez Canyon

Dominguez Canyon Hike: Petroglyphs, Waterfalls, and Desert Big Horn Sheep

April 6

Photo courtesy of Zebulon Miracle Led by Robert Gay and Peter Booth, Ph.D., in cooperation with Colorado Canyons Association Hike into the rugged red rock wilderness of Big Dominguez Canyon to learn about the history and geology of this storied part of Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Our day long adventure will include visiting some delightful petroglyph panels, exploring a perennial waterfall, and learning about the flora and fauna of the canyons. Moderate seven-mile hike.  $90/Museum…

Oral History Program – April

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Slots and Goblins

April 19

Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D. Discover the seclusion and wonder of sculpted sandstones in Utah’s remote San Rafael Swell. We will explore the Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon in the morning, one of the most accessible slot canyons in Utah, after which we will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Valley of Goblins before hiking into Goblin Valley State Park in the afternoon. Bring your camera, boots, poles, and wanderlust as we explore some of…

Spring Farm Tour in the North Fork Valley

April 20

Led by the Colorado West Land Trust The Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust invite you to join us on a journey through the scenic farm land of the spectacular North Fork Valley. We will visit three conserved family farms, including the 4th generation Ela Family Farm. Learn about the agricultural heritage of family farms in Hotchkiss and Paonia. Our journey includes a locally-sourced lunch with wine from area vintners. $95/Museum or…

Old Fossil Golf Tournament 2019

April 26

New season, same great tournament! Stay tuned for more information!  

Birding on the Colorado River

May 3 - May 5

Led by the Colorado Canyons Association Journey down Ruby-Horsethief Canyon on the Colorado River for a 3-day rafting and camping trip and discover the amazing avian diversity along the way. This fully outfitted adventure is a three-day/two-night river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association’s Catalpa Camp and includes a freshly prepared dinner, local wines, and fireside stories about area. Some hiking and light paddling. $525/Museum or CCA member; $575/Non-member $175/deposit Includes a fully…

Spring Day on the Farm

May 4

An annual favorite! Spring Day on the Farm started in 2010 to mark the season opening at Cross Orchards Historic Site. It’s a beautiful day with flowers blooming and orchard trees budding, good spring weather in the valley permitting. Celebrate spring!   More information to come

Open House and Free Day

May 11

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with us with an Open House and Free Day at the Museum of the West! More information to come

Oral History Program – May

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Traildust Theropod Quarry Half Day Dig

May 22

This ancient river bed holds the King of the Jurassic – Allosaurus, just three miles from the museum in the Fruita Paleontological Area. This quarry is for the intermediate-level expeditioner, as you will chisel through crumbling sandstones to excavate the bones of a top predator: Allosaurus. Tools, instructions and paleontologist guides will help you every step of the way. A short hike from the parking lot to the quarry is involved, it is steep in…

Experiencing the Old and New of Native Colorado

May 23 - May 26

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Wade Shockley and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Mesa Verde and the Ute Bear Dance Led by Sally Crum, Colorado Anthropologist   Colorado’s Native American heritage is extremely rich—both old and new. Colorado anthropologist Sally Crum will lead this tour to the sites of the Ancestral Pueblos at Mesa Verde National Park. Next, we will experience the Southern Ute Reservation Bear Dance. As part of this journey, we will be staying…

Traildust Theropod Quarry Half Day Dig

May 24

This ancient river bed holds the King of the Jurassic – Allosaurus, just three miles from the museum in the Fruita Paleontological Area. This quarry is for the intermediate-level expeditioner, as you will chisel through crumbling sandstones to excavate the bones of a top predator: Allosaurus. Tools, instructions and paleontologist guides will help you every step of the way. A short hike from the parking lot to the quarry is involved, it is steep in…

Antique Truck Show

May 25

More information to come

Fossil Prospecting Hike

May 28

The thrill of discovery is high in this prospecting expedition. We will be hiking through the Cenozoic 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 and sunscreen and venture into the unknown! This is a hiking trip. Participants should expect to be…

Callison Quarry Half Day Dig

May 29

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 and pterosaur bones, mammal jaws and teeth, and perhaps even the rare crocodilian Fruitachampsa. 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 moderately steep in places. Participants…

Callison Quarry Half Day Dig

May 31

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 and pterosaur bones, mammal jaws and teeth, and perhaps even the rare crocodilian Fruitachampsa. 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 moderately steep in places. Participants…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

June 3

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

June 5

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

June 7

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Canyonlands Jet Boat Tour

June 7

Led by David Bailey, Curator of History The three-hour jet boat trip will travel through 2,200-foot canyon walls on the Colorado River. The group will take a short hike to a petrified forest and a fossilized sea bed. The tour will continue down river and see wonderful views of the arches, petroglyphs, and a unique view of prehistoric granary. The jet boat will travel through the bottom of Dead Horse State Park, Thelma and Louise…

Dinosaur Day

June 8

Dinosaur Day is our longest running event having started in 1987 at the old Dinosaur Valley site (the Reed Building, 4th and Main in Downtown Grand Junction). Over the years, the event has evolved (and changed locations), and is now held in June at our Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita.  More information to come

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

June 10

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half-Day Dig

June 12

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore half day expeditions offer paleontology field work 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 Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry and DJ Prep Lab

June 13 - June 14

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…

Summer Train Show

June 15

More information to come

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half-Day Dig

June 17

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore half day expeditions offer paleontology field work 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 Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring…

Float and Dig

June 18 - June 19

Wonder and discovery are the focus of this expedition. Join our expert paleontologists as we raft the black water (= calm water) of the Colorado River to experience canyon geology up close. Then, on our second day, we will dig into Mygatt-Moore Quarry where you can spend a day as a citizen scientist and dig for dinosaur bones. Bring your hiking shoes, a water bottle, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Lunch is included each…

Baxter Pass and the Uintah Railway

June 20

Led by Matt Darling, Cross Orchards Curator and Railroad Historian Discover the rich and unique history of Baxter Pass and the Uintah Railway, the steepest most crooked narrow gauge railway in North America. View the vistas and enjoy lunch on top of the pass. Visit Lake McAndrews and view the ruins of remote Dragon, UT. Marvel at the one of a kind geology of the Black Dragon Mine. Half-mile hike to the mine involved. $85/Museum…

Oral History Program – June

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

June 21

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Lazy H Ranch Tour

June 22

Led by the Colorado West Land Trust Ranching is one of the oldest traditions in Western Colorado. Come with the Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust on this tour of the historic and conserved Lazy H Ranch, a working ranch with approximately 4,100 acres. This beautiful ranch has two miles of frontage along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. The owners, Doug and Kerry Harris, are dedicated and very active in…

Dinosaurs of the Western Slope

June 25 - June 28

This intermediate-level, four-day expedition was designed for the avid dinosaur-lover. 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,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 1

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 3

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 5

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Dinosaur Tracks of Moab

July 8

Walk in the footsteps of giants! Travel with us to scenic Moab, UT and find where dinosaurs once roamed. We’ll see tracks from small stalking raptors to colossal sauropods, and even stop by some petroglyphs (rock art) thousands of years old. Bring your hat, walking shoes, sunscreen, and a camera for this adventure. Short hikes are involved in this expedition. Most hikes are less than 1 mile and are rated from easy to moderately strenuous.…

Paleontology of Ruby and Horsethief Canyons Field Experience

July 11 - July 12

Photo courtesy of Colorado Canyons Association Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D., MWC Curator of Paleontology, and Rob Gay, CCA, in cooperation with the Colorado Canyons Association Join a crew of expert paleontologists as we search for fossils in the previously unexplored depths of the Colorado River's Ruby and Horsethief Canyons in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Crews will spend two days hiking side canyons looking for fossils and learning about the geological and paleontological history of…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 15

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore expeditions offer an introduction to paleontology field work. Get a little dirty digging for Jurassic dinosaurs. Our paleontologists will make sure you have all the training and tools you need. Fossil bones of Apatosaurus and Allosaurus are common in the quarry. This trip ends with a guided tour of the Paleo Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring a wide-brimmed hat,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half-Day Dig

July 17

Great for beginners of all ages, the Mygatt-Moore half day expeditions offer paleontology field work 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 Lab at Dinosaur Journey. Expeditioners should dress for working outdoors in summer: bring…

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