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Heritage Rendezvous: Colorful Characters of the Sunset Slope

March 3 - October 16

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Titanoboa: Monster Snake

May 19 - August 5

This summer, Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” Slithering in at 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, this realistic replica of the world’s largest snake is sure to send chills down any visitor’s spine. Sixty million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs, scientists believe that a colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 21

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series, July

July 21 @ 7:00 pm

Cowboy Poetry and Music! Come on out to Cross Orchards Historic Site for a terrific toe-tappin' time with THREE spectacular performers! We expect this show to sell out so get your tickets SOON! The gates open at 6 pm; show starts at 7 pm. Nona Kelley Carver, Peggy Malone, and Terry Nash Nona Kelley Carver is a native Coloradan, now ranching at Mesa. Her ranching experience shows in her work that she refers to as…

F.A.R.M.

July 22 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30-Noon The Farm and Ranch Market is a non-profit organization for local farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to bringing the community the finest fruits, vegetables and meats. From our family farms and orchards to your family’s table, we are sure that you will find something your whole family will love! For more information on FARM, please go here. The Museums of Western Colorado is a non-profit organization operating Dinosaur Journey, the…

Rivers, Tracks, and Dinosaurs

July 25 - July 27

Experience the Western Slope’s ‘Jurassic Park’. Raft the black water (= calm water) of the Colorado River to see canyons and dinosaur tracks, then dig into Mygatt-Moore Quarry where you can spend a day as a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones. On day three, we travel west via van to Moab to find dinosaur trackways from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This is the Dinosaur Trifecta: rocks, bones, and tracks! Bring your hiking shoes, a…

F.A.R.M.

July 26 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30-Noon The Farm and Ranch Market is a non-profit organization for local farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to bringing the community the finest fruits, vegetables and meats. From our family farms and orchards to your family’s table, we are sure that you will find something your whole family will love! For more information on FARM, please go here. The Museums of Western Colorado is a non-profit organization operating Dinosaur Journey, the…

Cool Summer Nights

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While you are downtown at the Farmer’s Market, check out our Cool Summer Nights! Thursday evenings in July and August 5 - 8 pm  |  Free Admission   This week: Hidden Treasures ~ Pirate Treasure Coin Scavenger Hunt   Free history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half Day Dig

July 28

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. 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…

F.A.R.M.

July 29 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30-Noon The Farm and Ranch Market is a non-profit organization for local farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to bringing the community the finest fruits, vegetables and meats. From our family farms and orchards to your family’s table, we are sure that you will find something your whole family will love! For more information on FARM, please go here. The Museums of Western Colorado is a non-profit organization operating Dinosaur Journey, the…

Dinosaur Journey Paleo Lab

August 1

Learn the lab skills for removing rock from fossil bone. Participants will spend a full day in the Dinosaur Journey Fossil Preparation Lab with our paleontologists. Learn three common techniques used in labs to clean and prepare delicate fossils excavated from the field. You will test your skill at the water world of screen washing, mechanically removing rock from bone with brushes and picks, as well as how to replicate fossil material at our molding…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half Day Dig

August 2

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. 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…

F.A.R.M.

August 2 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30-Noon The Farm and Ranch Market is a non-profit organization for local farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to bringing the community the finest fruits, vegetables and meats. From our family farms and orchards to your family’s table, we are sure that you will find something your whole family will love! For more information on FARM, please go here. The Museums of Western Colorado is a non-profit organization operating Dinosaur Journey, the…

Cool Summer Nights

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While you are downtown at the Farmer’s Market, check out our Cool Summer Nights! Thursday evenings in July and August 5 - 8 pm  |  Free Admission   This week: Distant Treasures in the Mist Exhibit Gallery Talk Tour and talk at 6 pm   Free history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 4

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

John Otto: The Monumental Visionary or The Hermit of Monument Park

August 4 @ 6:30 pm

Presented by KAFM, Museums of Western Colorado, and Two Rivers Chautauqua In 1906, itinerant trail builder and dynamite expert John Otto saw the rimrock country south of Grand Junction for the first time, an event that forever changed his life. The deep canyons and sandstone cliffs spoke to his ideas about patriotism, religion, and the nation’s future. He dedicated his life to protect, celebrate, and promote what he envisioned as a natural paradise. Otto’s manic efforts…

Jet Boating De Beque Canyon

August 8

Come experience the most exciting jet boat tour on the Colorado River! We will be riding in a custom New Zealand-style jet boat through the breathtaking scenery of De Beque Canyon. Sit back and learn about the history, geology, and lore of the Colorado River from this fun and unique perspective. Led by Carla Hatch Photo courtesy of Jet Boat Colorado This trip is full. Please call 970.242.0971, ext. 2212 to be added to a…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 9

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

Cool Summer Nights

August 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While you are downtown at the Farmer’s Market, check out our Cool Summer Nights! Thursday evenings in July and August 5 - 8 pm  |  Free Admission   This week: Hidden Treasures ~ Behind the Scenes Tour   Free history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 11

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 14

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

Rocky Mountain National Park

August 14 - August 16

Join us for a true Colorado Rocky Mountain high over Loveland Pass and then onto Estes Park. We will visit the Estes Park Museum and enjoy an evening in one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain towns. The next day we will tour the historic Stanley Hotel, stroll beautiful downtown Estes Park, and finish our day at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center — headquarters of Rocky Mountain National Park. The highlight of our tour will be…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 16

Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth, and plants. 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 a…

Cool Summer Nights

August 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While you are downtown at the Farmer’s Market, check out our Cool Summer Nights! Thursday evenings in July and August 5 - 8 pm  |  Free Admission   This week: Outlaws and the Wild West ~ Thrailkill Gallery Talk Tour and talk at 6 pm   Free history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Two Rivers Chautauqua

August 18 - August 19

Georgia O'Keeffe Portrayed by Nan Colton Laura Ingalls Wilder Portrayed by Karen Vuranch Mark Twain Portrayed by George Frein             The Legendary Ladies Announcer-Emcee - Joyce Nelson Josie Bassett - Judie Hinton Helen Hunt Jackson - Gretchen Payne Mary Rippon - Charlene Pazar Katharine Lee Bates - Kyle Neidt Also featuring Young Chautauquans from Local Schools Admission fee: $5 for Adults; Free for children 13 years and younger $20 for family pass up to 6…

Wild Steer Canyon Uranium Tour

August 22

The Paradox Valley was one of the last truly wild and untamed places in the American West. The canyon rims on both sides of the valley hold vast amounts of uranium, and Wild Steer Canyon contains some of the best-preserved uranium mines and camp sites in the area. On this tour, we will take the scenic River Road from Gateway to the Paradox Valley and into the very remote mining site. There, we will explore…

Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series, September

September 15 @ 7:00 pm

Danny Agajanian Band

Old Fossil Classic Golf Tournament

September 22

Brought to you by the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West 9 am Shotgun Start Adobe Creek National Golf Course Food by Flavors Sponsored by:

National Fossil Day

October 11

Celebrate Our Geologic Heritage Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during National Fossil Day. National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. Go here to find out more about National Fossil Day and this year's poster.   Bookmark us and come back for details of local events for…

Moab Rock Art Tour

October 13

Colorado Mesa University Archaeology Professor Dr. John Seebach leads this tour of the Moab area, one of the largest concentrations of Barrier Canyon, Fremont, and Ute rock art on the Colorado Plateau. Sites in and around Moab include the famous “birthing scene” petroglyph and the spectacular pictographs along Courthouse Wash (a mild and short hike). On-site discussions will cover the lives of the artists, the placement of the art, and Native American worldviews. Adding to…

Fall Day on the Farm

October 21

Our Annual Harvest Celebration Freshly baked cookies in the historic bunkhouse, blacksmiths firing up the forge, and—of course—our famous pressed apple cider for sale in the barn. If this annual celebration is not on your to-do list, make sure you join us this year.  

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 28

Join Curator of Collections & Archives Erin Schmitz, Loyd Files Research Library volunteer and local historian Marie Tipping, and Loyd Files Research Library volunteer and Museum board member Garry Brewer on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in an old Western – a nostalgic and comforting place.…

KOOL Monster Mash

October 31

Don't miss this popular event presented by our friends at KOOL 107.9!

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

November 3 - November 4

   

Authors’ Party

November 4

Meet your favorite local authors and get personalized gifts for the readers on your list!

Civil War in New Mexico

November 8 - November 12

In one of the more unknown chapters of the American Civil War, a secession convention at Mesilla voted to leave the union and establish the Confederate Territory of Arizona in March of 1861. This act brought the Civil War to New Mexico. Conflict raged up and down the Rio Grande when the Confederates launched as invasion of northern New Mexico the following year. In this tour, we will visit the more significant sites of Civil…

Christmas Train Show

December 9 - December 10

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents their 29th Annual Christmas Train Show!  

Grand Canyon by Train

December 10 - December 13

Our tour will start with a drive across the Navajo Nation before settling in for the night at the historic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. The next day we will board the Grand Canyon Railway and travel in the elite Luxury Dome Class. We will stay and dine at the El Tovar Hotel, originally opened in 1905. The next day we will return to Williams by train while partaking in a sparkling white wine…

Holiday on the Farm

December 10

Stay tuned for more details on this new holiday tradition!

Christmas Train Show

December 16 - December 17

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents their 29th Annual Christmas Train Show!  

Christmas Train Show

December 23 - December 24

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents their 29th Annual Christmas Train Show!  

Christmas Train Show

December 30 - December 31

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents their 29th Annual Christmas Train Show!  

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