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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…

Adult Chautauqua Workshop

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

Calling All Budding Adult Chautauquans! At our annual Two Rivers Chautauqua over the years, many adults have come to us wondering if there was an opportunity for them to learn how to bring a character to life. In answer to these requests and inquiries, we are organizing an adult Chautauqua workshop.  This is your opportunity to be a historian and a thespian. This is your opportunity to discover more about the past in a way…

Grand Junction High School: The History of Clubs and Sports

May 1 - May 2

The Museums of Western Colorado and Grand Junction High School are teaming up to teach students about the region's history.  The artifacts, interviews, and photographs will be on display to the public May 1 and 2 from 4  to 6 pm in the GJHS Library.  Find out more on this coverage from KJCT.  

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…

Spring Day on the Farm

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An annual favorite! Come celebrate the opening of our season at Cross Orchards - and spring! Experience spring on a early 20th century working farm with woodworking, woodstove baking, blacksmithing. Stroll through the historic site, enjoy the animals, and flowers in bloom. Wheels West will be here and the Frontier Belles are returning! Mark your calendars so you don't miss this the fun!    Sponsored in-part by:  

Museum of the West Open House and Free Day

May 12

May is National Museum Month! Celebrate YOUR museum by visiting us at Museum of the West! On May 12, we will officially open the historic Placerville Post Office. The post office 1930s façade has been carefully restored and has a special viewing window where you can peer into the past and see the postmistress hard at work in the 1930s period postal room. The new Western Investigations Team exhibit, Western Colorado Mysteries: Case Files from…

Protected: Moab Rock Art Tour – AARP

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., Museums of Western Colorado The Museums of Western Colorado leads this tour of the Moab area which has 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 entail the lives of the artists, the placement of…

Oral History Program – May

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

A History of Aspen will be presented by the Aspen Historical Society. For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Horns & 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…

Truckin’ on the Farm

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Details to come

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…

Train Show

June 2 - June 3

A joint venture between Cross Orchards, the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club, and the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. More details to come.

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…

31th Annual Dinosaur Day

June 9

Don't miss this DINO-mite event! More information on this fun and family friendly celebration of paleontology soon!   Sponsored by: 

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…

Cross Orchards Concert Series

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

Thomasina Russell Thomasina has performed in many venues in the span of over 29 years of creating and performing music. Her musical influences come from vast diversity of life itself. Her musical experiences include learning and performing with some of the best - Grammy Award-winning songwriter Joe Allen, Hazel Miller, Eddie Watkins Jr., and more. Musical adventures led to Austin where her music was dubbed "Country Blues". She continues to perform around the U.S. Check…

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

The Doubious Brothers     Brought to you by:

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

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 on the Gunnison River

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…

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