Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.

- Michael Palin


Our Trips and Tours will explore dinosaurs, birds, gems, rock art, ancient ruins, living Native American events, railroad history, agricultural heritage, famous Southwest cultural events, and more.

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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…

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…

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…

A Journey through Hopi-Navajo Reservations

September 19 - September 23

(c) Amadeustx | Led by Joe Higgins The magic and uniqueness of Arizona’s Native Peoples is enchanting and awe inspiring. This journey will take us onto the Hopi and Navajo reservations where we will travel into Canyon de Chelly, view exclusive rock art sites, explore the culture of the Hopi, stop at historic trading posts, and stay at the famed La Posada in Winslow. The tour is led by the former head of Grand Junction…

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 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…

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