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First Free Mondays!

July 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day First of the month, repeating until December 2, 2019

Through the end of 2019, admission is FREE at the Museum of the West on the first Monday of the month for City of Grand Junction residents. Proof of residence is required.  

July 4 Holiday Hours

July 4

Dinosaur Journey and Museum of the West will be open regular hours, 9 am-5 pm. Cross Orchards Historic Site will be closed. 

Paleontology of Ruby and Horsethief Canyons Field Experience

July 11 - July 12

Photo courtesy of Colorado Canyons Association Led by Stephanie Lukowski and Rob Gay 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 the region. Participants will enjoy…

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…

Oral History Program – July

July 18 @ 5:30 pm

The Writing of “Operation Foresight” Vera Mulder will be presenting this program about her experience with authoring the book Operation Foresight. Mulder is an educator and holds both a Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has been a News Editor for Fruita Times and the Palisade Tribune. She is a working artist showing batiks, paintings and photography at various Grand Valley art galleries. Please note: This is an evening program. We will be…

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 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…

Colorado West Chautauqua

September 13 - September 14

That’s the Way It Is: The 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 History 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 York, in the 1800s.…

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!

Author’s Party

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come join us at our annual Author's Party and Booksigning. We will have local authors on hand to chat with about their books in the lobby of the Museum of the West. Local books make great holiday gifts! Check back to see the list of authors who will be participating. Light refreshments will be available.

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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