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Dinosaur Journey Closure

February 26

Due to water work being done on Tuesday, February 26, we will need to shut off our water at Dinosaur Journey and will be closed for the day.

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…

Native American Arts Auction

March 29 - March 30

By the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post and the Totsto Trading Post Rugs, Pottery, Baskets, Katsina Dolls, Jewelry, Art, and More March 29 6:00-8:00 pm | Reception and Preview “Heritage of Turquoise” presentation by Emerald Tanner of Tanner’s Indian Arts, Gallup, New Mexico RSVP: 970.242.0971 March 30 9:00 am | Auction Preview 12:00 pm | Auction   No Entry Fee to the Auction, No Bidder Fee, 10% Buyers premium Other Native American artist vendors will be available.…

A Day in the Orchard

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the orchard while our team plants new trees and shows you our Victory Garden. Learn about the agricultural history of the valley! The bunkhouse will be open and fresh baked cookies will be available. As a special treat, The Grand Junction Senior Theatre will be performing at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.       $5/Adult; $4/Senior; $3.50 Child (3-12 years); $15 Family group (up to 6); Free to Museum members * Due to…

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 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

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,…

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…

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…

A Step Back in Time: Experiencing Victorian-Era Train Travel

July 17 - July 19

Led by Matt Darling, Cross Orchards Curator and Railroad Historian, and Peter Booth, Ph.D. Enjoy a total immersion into the past as we ride the rails in luxury. Our journey takes us to Durango where we stay at the historic General Palmer Hotel, built in 1898. Then we will ride the Durango & Silverton Railroad in Presidential Class. Once in Silverton, we will be enjoying the classic elegance of the 1883 Grand Imperial Hotel. Join…

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…

Mygatt-Moore Quarry Half-Day Dig

July 22

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…

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…

Ghost Town of Independence

July 26

Photo courtesy of Aspen Historical Society Led by Nina Gabianelli, Aspen Historical Society With the help of the Aspen Historical Society, we will explore the ghost town of Independence—the first mining site in the Roaring Fork Valley. In the early 1880s, it was home to 1,500 miners, 40 businesses, three post offices, and a rich gold lode. However, it quickly went bust after its boom. Today, the ghost town is on National Register of Historic Places.…

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,…

Gems, Fossils, and Volcanoes of Eastern Idaho

July 29 - August 2

Led by Dr. Julia McHugh, MWC Curator of Paleontology The Gem State is a rock hound’s paradise. We will explore the volcanic Snake River Plain and Craters of the Moon National Monument to see first-hand the fiery origins of so many of the state’s geologic features. We will tour the Museum of Idaho and the Idaho Museum of Natural History, before stopping to collect our own raw opal from the Opal Capital of America –…

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,…

Best of the High Plains Chautauqua

August 5 - August 7

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D. in cooperation with Colorado Humanities This journey provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the excitement of live theater while discovering history presented in a whole different way. Chautauqua (pronounced “Chuh-TAW-Kwa”) is a unique blend of both. High Plains Chautauqua in Greeley has a national reputation as one of the premier gatherings. The theme in 2019 is “Best of the Past 20 Years” as they bring back some of their favorite…

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