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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…

Horns & Frills

May 18 - September 16

F.A.R.M.

June 16 @ 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.

Oral History Program – June

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

The Opening of the West: tales from Johnny Appleseed, Fred Harvey, and Buffalo Bill The presenter will give a Powerpoint show containing maps, images, and timelines while relating vignettes of three early seminal characters in the expansion of populations moving westward across the US. Johnny Appleseed was busy promoting orchards and food security for early pioneers, Fred Harvey - access to the West on the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe railroad, and Buffalo Bill -…

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

Hidden Treasures ~ Behind the Scenes Tour Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Cross Orchards Concert Series

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

After much anticipation, the Museums of Western Colorado and Home Loan would like to announce the upcoming Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series. The concert venue, the historic barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, will feature a wide variety of performers and provide the perfect ambience for a midsummer night’s concert. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and performances will begin at 7:00 pm. The Doubious Brothers The Doubious Brothers, a Western Slope band with influences…

Ft. Uncompahgre and Historic Montrose

July 13

Led by David Bailey, MWC Curator of History, and Carly Jones, MWC Education Curator Fort Uncompahgre in Delta is a re-creation of the original fur trading post established by Antoine Robidoux in 1826. The costumed interpreters will give an interactive tour of life during the Mountain Man era. Our next stop will be the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose for a guided tour of settlement era town buildings that tell the story of early…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

July 16 @ 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

July 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…

Oral History Program – July

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

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

Cool Summer Nights

July 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Outlaws and the Wild West ~ Thrailkill Gallery Talk Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

July 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…

Downtown Historic Aspen

July 21

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., MWC Executive Director, with the Aspen Historical Society Originally called Ute City, Aspen has a colorful history provided by mining barons and entrepreneurs of the late 1800s as the community evolved from its mining roots to become America ski capital. Join our friends from the Aspen Historical Society as they take us on a walking tour that highlights the town’s fabulous Victorian architectural legacy as well as the colorful stories of…

Gunfights, Petroglyphs, and Red-Rock Walls

July 22

Led by Colorado Canyons Association To float the river is one thing, to truly live the river is another. Join us on this very unique one-day river trip on the Gunnison River from Escalante Canyon to Bridgeport. Enjoy a fascinating experience with an expert guide who will focus on the heritage and geology of the Gunnison River. Involves moderate hiking and paddling. Member fee is for Museum or Colorado Canyons Association member Done in cooperation…

Rivers, Tracks, and Dinosaurs

July 24 - July 26

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…

Cool Summer Nights

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Redoubt Site-Kannah Creek Mystery ~ Thrailkill Gallery Talk Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Black Canyon Morrow Point Boat Tour

July 27

Led by Carla Hatch, MWC Trips and Digs Coordinator Take a leisurely 1 ½ hour boat ride on the on the Morrow Point Reservoir in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. As we travel, we will learn about geology, wildlife, early inhabitants, the narrow-gauge railroad, dams, and reservoirs. We start at the Pine Creek Trailhead, and walk down 232 stairs, then take a ¾ mile scenic hike along the old narrow-gauge rail bed…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

July 30 @ 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

August 1 @ 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…

Fossil Prospecting Hike

August 2 @ 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…

Cool Summer Nights

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Distant Treasures in the Mist ~ Exhibit Gallery Talk Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

August 3 @ 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…

A Night of Chautauqua

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Details coming soon $5 suggested donation

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

August 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…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

August 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…

Cool Summer Nights

August 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hidden Treasures ~ Behind the Scenes Tour Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Cross Orchards Concert Series

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After much anticipation, the Museums of Western Colorado and Home Loan would like to announce the upcoming Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series. The concert venue, the historic barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, will feature a wide variety of performers and provide the perfect ambience for a midsummer night’s concert. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and performances will begin at 7:00 pm. The King 'n Trio King 'n Trio is a band known for…

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

August 10 @ 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

August 13 @ 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…

All Quiet on the Western Front – Chautauqua event

August 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Movie and discussion with Dr. Adam Rosenbaum, Colorado Mesa University History Department

Mygatt-Moore One Day Dig

August 15 @ 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 – August

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

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

Cool Summer Nights

August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Redoubt Site-Kannah Creek Mystery ~ Thrailkill Gallery Talk Curator Tour and Talk at 6 pm            Free Distant Treasures in the Mist history book with each visit!   Free admission courtesy of:

Two Rivers Chautauqua

August 17 - August 18

Chautauqua Community Presentation at MCPL

August 17 @ 10:00 am

Details to come

Chautauqua Community Presentation at CMU Library

August 17 @ 10:00 am

Details to come

Calamity Camp in the Pinzgauer

September 10

Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort High on the Uncompahgre Plateau is the mining settlement known as Calamity Camp. Its stone cabins saw half a century of carnotite mining, and the camp grew from a harsh and remote outpost during the radium boom years to a small town filled with families during the uranium boom. Today the site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect location to discuss the mining…

Cross Orchards Concert Series

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After much anticipation, the Museums of Western Colorado and Home Loan would like to announce the upcoming Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series. The concert venue, the historic barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, will feature a wide variety of performers and provide the perfect ambience for a midsummer night’s concert. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and performances will begin at 7:00 pm. Bobby Jimenez Bobby Jimenez is a Native American Flutist of Huichole Indian…

Upscale Rafting and Camping in Horsethief/Ruby Canyon

September 15 - September 16

Led by Colorado Canyons Association Journey down this gorgeous stretch of the Colorado River in style. This upscale adventure is a two-day river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association’s Catalpa Camp which includes a freshly prepared dinner, local wines, and fireside stories about area. Tour involves moderate hiking and paddling. Member fee is for Museum or Colorado Canyons Association member Done in cooperation with the Colorado Canyons Association    $425/Museum or CCA member;…

Oral History Program – September

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

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

Old Fossil Golf Tournament

September 21

In conjunction with the Fruita Fall Festival   Presented by Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West and brought to you by: Jen Pedersen, Broker Associate 9 am Shotgun Start $100/Player; $400/Team of 4; $200/Hole Sponsorship; $300/Tee Sponsorship  

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