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Easter Egg Hunt

April 20

We are bringing back an Easter Egg Hunt to Cross Orchards Historic Site! Bring your own baskets and join the fun. Registration starts at 9:30 am and the hunt runs from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. $2 per child 3 Age Groups: Up to 5 years old 5 to 9 years old Over 9 years old

Old Fossil Golf Tournament 2019

April 26

Join us for our annual Old Fossil Golf Tournament, now held in the spring! Fun contests, food by Flavors Grille, and more! Proceeds benefit the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West.

Spring Farm Tour in the North Fork Valley

April 27

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…

Birding the Colorado River

May 3 - May 5

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

Spring Day on the Farm

May 4

Experience spring on an early 20th century working farm with woodworking, woodstove baking, blacksmithing, and more! There will be animals and blooming flowers to see while you stroll through the historic site. In addition, the Frontier Belles are returning along with the Wheels West Car Club. And, we will have a new group joining us - Grand Valley Vaulting Harmony! Come celebrate spring! $7/Adults; $5/Seniors; $4/Kids (3-12); $20/Family groups; $1 off for Members    

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

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…

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

Cross Orchards Historic Site welcomes trucking enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of trucks to this show! Co-hosted by the regional chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, the display will range from Cross Orchard’s very own 1917 Model T and span the automotive evolution to modern day semi-trucks still in service. Founded in 1971, the American Truck Historical Society strives to “preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers.” This…

Riley Black – Guest Lecture and Book Signing

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Science writer and author, Riley Black, will join us on Sat. May 25 for a Free Public Lecture and Book Signing of the recent release - Skeleton Keys. Meet the author and discover the secrets of bone, from science to medicine, folklore, culture, and forensics, bone is a major pillar in our daily lives and in the world around us. Signed books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is family-friendly, open…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry and DJ Prep Lab

July 18 - July 19

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…

Rivers, Tracks, and Dinosaurs

July 23 - July 25

Experience the Western Slope’s “Jurassic Park.” Raft the black water (= calm water) of the Colorado River to see canyon geology, then at Mygatt-Moore Quarry spend a day as a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones. On day three, we’ll go west to Moab for dinosaur trackways from the Jurassic and Cretaceous. This is a Dino Trifecta: rocks, bones, and tracks! Bring your hiking shoes, a water bottle, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Lunch is…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

July 29

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 31

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

August 2

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

August 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

August 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,…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 9

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

August 12

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,…

Fossil Prospecting Hike

August 13

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…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig

August 14

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,…

Red Mountain Ghost Town Tour

August 16

Led by David Bailey, Curator of History Join us as we travel to the Red Mountain mining district with the San Juan Scenic Jeep Tour Company. Our group will visit the ghost towns of Red Mountain City, Congress, Guston, and Ironton. We will arrive in historic Ouray and have lunch on our own at one of the many fine eateries in town. We will then travel to Red Mountain in open air tour jeeps, and…

History Alive!

September 13 - September 14

Colorado West Chautauqua "That’s the Way It Is" – Our Baby Boom Years Walter Cronkite performed by Larry Bounds Walt Disney performed by David Skipper Julia Child performed by Karen Vuranch And the Grand Valley Historical Players with characters such as Minnie Pearl and Zelda Fitzgerald Watch for more information as we get closer to the event!           Chautauqua takes its name from a movement that began near Lake Chautauqua, New…

Corkscrew Pass Jeep Tour

September 13

Led by David Bailey, Curator of History On this high-altitude thriller, the tour will travel along the beautiful and historic jeep trails past Ouray to the Red Mountain area. It follows the Million Dollar Highway and skirts the edge of Red Mountain past the Queen Anne Mine and other remnants of the “San Juan Excitement” mining boom. The jeep tour then traverses Corkscrew Pass to Hurricane Pass at 12,500 ft., for an incredible bird’s eye…

Fall Colors Tour to Plateau Valley

September 17

Led by Max Stites of the Colorado West Land Trust The Colorado West Land Trust has arranged for this guided tour of conserved farmland in the Plateau Valley. We will be immersed in the region’s rich farming and ranching heritage while enjoying the vibrant fall foliage. The tour will stop at various points along the way as guides explain the role that conservation has played in preserving the vision of farmers and landowners in the…

Eagle Rock Shelter by Raft

September 28

Photo courtesy of Don Benjamin and the Delta County Independent Led by John Seebach, Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University, in cooperation with the Colorado Canyons Association Find out what life was like for humans nearly 13,000 years ago in the region by exploring Eagle Rock Shelter site with Colorado Mesa University Anthropology Professor Dr. John Seebach. Although accessible by land, this site is best visited by river as you can get a sense of the landscape…

Introduction to Fly Fishing in Gunnison Gorge

October 12

Photo courtesy of pixabay.com Led by Chris Herrman of the Colorado Canyons Association Heard about the amazing fly fishing on the Western Slope but don’t know where to start? Learn how to fly fish or just come to fish a world-famous local’s spot on the Gunnison River in Gold Medal waters. We will spend the day in Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area with local fly-fishing experts learning about river ecology, fly fishing approach, casting, and…

Earth Science Week 2019

October 13 - October 19

More information to come

National Fossil Day 2019

October 16

More information to come

Fall Day on the Farm 2019

October 19

Celebrate the harvest with us at this annual favorite event! Experience wood stove cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking – just like it was done in the early 1900s. More information to come.

Monster Mash 2019

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

More information to come.

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering 2019

November 1 - November 2

We've outgrown our venue for the past years! So, this year we will be moving to the Masonic Grand Valley Event Center! Stay tuned for details on the event!

Breakfast with Santa 2019

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This very popular event brings two things kids love together – dinosaurs and Santa! Enjoy a breakfast among the dinosaurs, seasonal entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus! 

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