Trips

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 range from local historical tours to world class museums to paleontology sites! 

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Toast of the Rockies: Ouray

February 24

Led by Peter Booth Ph.D., MWC Executive Director Discover aspects of Colorado’s more colorful heritage as we tour historic saloons of Ouray. These watering holes often harbor cherished memories from all walks of life that many have forgotten. These range from the historic hotel bars at elegant Beaumont to the classic Western Hotel as well as tradition-rich saloons such as the Outlaw, Silver Eagle—and more. Please fill out and return our 2018 trip registration-medical form to…

San Rafael Swell Rock Art

March 10

Led by John Seebach Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University Assistant Professor of Archeology San Rafael Swell—full of heritage and natural wonder. As we travel through what was once a refuge for outlaws, we will view the San Rafael Swell rock art sites with fresh eyes, using new interpretations to help us learn more about Archaic to Ute rock art sites such as the Black Dragon and Rochester Creek. Please fill out and return our 2018 trip registration-medical form to…

Historic Registry in the Grand Valley

March 26

Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort Mesa County is home to thirty-four sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Mesa County, this prestigious list captures everything from transportation and residential to agricultural and commercial sites. Most of the sites are centered in downtown Grand Junction or the Colorado National Monument but this tour will take us to some of the far-flung corners of Mesa County including sites in DeBeque, Plateau Creek…

A True Jurassic Park: Paleontology of McInnis Canyons NCA

April 21

Led by Robert Gay, Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) Education Director The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is truly a Jurassic Park. This tour explores major paleontological sites including Trail Through Time and Mygatt-Moore Quarry, one of the most significant Upper Jurassic dinosaur sites in the country; Dinosaur Hill, where in 1900 Elmer Riggs excavated a partial Apatosaurus skeleton; and the Fruita Paleontological Area, one of the few sites in America where small fossils from the…

Get Your Kicks on Route 66—New Mexico

April 27 - April 30

Led by Peter Booth Ph.D., MWC Executive Director “If you ever plan to motor west,” travel with the Museum “and take the highway that is best.” In this fun and hipster journey down the Mother Road through New Mexico, we will explore the backroad and roadside treasures along this highway of legends. From Tucumcari to Gallup, Route 66 lives on with the people and places along the way. Online registration for single supplement ($200) is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Black Canyon Morrow Point Boat Tour

July 27

Led by Carla Hatch, MWC Trips and Digs Coordinator Take a leisurely 1 ½ hour boat ride on the on the Morrow Point Reservoir in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. As we travel, we will learn about geology, wildlife, early inhabitants, the narrow-gauge railroad, dams, and reservoirs. We start at the Pine Creek Trailhead, and walk down 232 stairs, then take a ¾ mile scenic hike along the old narrow-gauge rail bed…

Great American Cities: Chicago

August 6 - August 11

Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D., MWC Curator of Paleontology Journey to the Windy City and explore its rich art and architecture, museums, and tour Wrigley Field. Discover the world of infamous mobsters and gangsters like Al Capone and, of course, visit our own Grand Valley legend, Brachiosaurus, at the Field Museum of Natural History, excavated from Riggs Hill in 1900. Come with us and experience Chicago like never before! Online registration for single supplement ($750)…

Calamity Camp in the Pinzgauer

September 10

Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort High on the Uncompahgre Plateau is the mining settlement known as Calamity Camp. Its stone cabins saw half a century of carnotite mining, and the camp grew from a harsh and remote outpost during the radium boom years to a small town filled with families during the uranium boom. Today the site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect location to discuss the mining…

Upscale Rafting and Camping in Horsethief/Ruby Canyon

September 15 - September 16

Led by Colorado Canyons Association Journey down this gorgeous stretch of the Colorado River in style. This upscale adventure is a two-day river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association’s Catalpa Camp which includes a freshly prepared dinner, local wines, and fireside stories about area. Tour involves moderate hiking and paddling. Member fee is for Museum or Colorado Canyons Association member Done in cooperation with the Colorado Canyons Association    Please fill out and…

Alferd Packer Murder Mystery Tour

September 21 - September 22

Led by David Bailey, Director of Western Investigations Team Join us on a tour of the infamous Alferd Packer murder scene. Packer, the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. We’ll visit the location of Packer’s second camp as well as the murder scene. Bailey will explain how his ten-year historical quest and new forensic evidence found by Colorado Mesa University scientists cleared Packer of murder and solved Colorado’s…

Georgetown’s Fall Colors

September 28 - September 30

Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives Since its beginning as a mining camp in 1859, Georgetown has attracted those who have sought something very special. First it was the magic of gold and silver ore; now it’s the beauty and ambiance of this picturesque town surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Our tour will start with a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop followed by dinner at the…

In the Footstep of Colorado’s Paleoamericans

October 6 - October 8

Photo credit: Sally Crum Led by John Seebach Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University Assistant Professor of Archeology This is an extremely unique experience. Long before the settlers and Utes, before the Ancestral Pueblos, Fremont and Basketmakers, and even the Archaic peoples, there were the Paleoamericans. On this journey, we will discover those who lived here between 8,000 to 13,000 years ago. This exceptional experience will include the recently discovered Eagle Rock as well as sites at…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 6

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 13

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 20

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Geology and Heritage of Escalante Canyon

October 21

Bob Wick / Bureau of Land Management Led by Colorado Canyons Association Escalante Canyon, in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, preserves an almost unbroken chain of human visitation and settlement dating back at least 800 years. On this tour, the CCA will take us to Escalante Canyon describing the geology of the region along the way. Once at the canyon, participants will examine Ute and Fremont petroglyphs, historic cabins, fascinating geology, and the only surviving waterwheel…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 27

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Charlie Steen, the Uranium King (Moab)

November 20

Andrew K. Steen / CC BY-SA 3.0 Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort No one captures the rags-to-riches story of the Uranium Boom like Charlie Steen. Down to his last dollar, he struck it rich at the Mi Vida mine and became an icon in the industry and power player in Moab and Grand Junction. On this trip we will explore the story of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau and retrace Steen’s steps from…

Holiday Lights on the River Walk: San Antonio

December 14 - December 18

Photo credit: TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., MWC Executive Director San Antonio annually hosts a month-long holiday celebration highlighted with lights, luminarias, carolers, and festivities along its famed River Walk. This 300-year old city, rich with history and excitement, knows how to bring in the Christmas season. This tour will enjoy the sights and sounds of San Antonio decked out in its holiday trimmings. In addition, we will take side tours of the beautiful…

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