Trips

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Our Trips and Tours adventures range from great historical tours to great museums to great paleontology sites. Join us!


About Our Trips

  • Lodging is based on double occupancy.
  • Meals are not included unless otherwise noted in the description.
  • Trips paid in full may be registered online. If you wish to make a deposit, please call 970.242.07971, ext. 2212 .
  • Some trips have a minimum age requirement. Please call for information.
  • Although we do our best to keep prices and dates as listed, they are subject to change. Please call to confirm and check our website and Facebook page for new trips.
  • Registration and medical forms are linked with each trip. Your registration will not be completed without your forms on file.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

  • Cancellations prior to the registration deadline date of the trip will be refunded at 80% of the trip cost (total cost, less the 20% non-refundable deposit).
  • All cancellations after the registration deadline date of the trip, and all no-shows forfeit full price and no refunds or credits will be issued.
  • If the Museum cancels the trip due to weather or any other reason we will do our best to make alternate arrangements, reschedule your trip, or refund your registration in full.
  • Your seat is not reserved until full payment (one-day trips) or a 20% deposit (multi-day tours) is made. All trips must be paid in full by the registration deadline.

For more information, please call 970.242.0971, ext. 2212.


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Rocky Mountain National Park

August 14 - August 16

Join us for a true Colorado Rocky Mountain high over Loveland Pass and then onto Estes Park. We will visit the Estes Park Museum and enjoy an evening in one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain towns. The next day we will tour the historic Stanley Hotel, stroll beautiful downtown Estes Park, and finish our day at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center — headquarters of Rocky Mountain National Park. The highlight of our tour will be…

Wild Steer Canyon Uranium Tour

August 22

The Paradox Valley was one of the last truly wild and untamed places in the American West. The canyon rims on both sides of the valley hold vast amounts of uranium, and Wild Steer Canyon contains some of the best-preserved uranium mines and camp sites in the area. On this tour, we will take the scenic River Road from Gateway to the Paradox Valley and into the very remote mining site. There, we will explore…

Moab Rock Art Tour

October 13

Colorado Mesa University Archaeology Professor Dr. John Seebach leads this tour of the Moab area, one of the largest concentrations of Barrier Canyon, Fremont, and Ute rock art on the Colorado Plateau. Sites in and around Moab include the famous “birthing scene” petroglyph and the spectacular pictographs along Courthouse Wash (a mild and short hike). On-site discussions will cover the lives of the artists, the placement of the art, and Native American worldviews. Adding to…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 28

Join Curator of Collections & Archives Erin Schmitz, Loyd Files Research Library volunteer and local historian Marie Tipping, and Loyd Files Research Library volunteer and Museum board member Garry Brewer 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 an old Western – a nostalgic and comforting place.…

Civil War in New Mexico

November 8 - November 12

In one of the more unknown chapters of the American Civil War, a secession convention at Mesilla voted to leave the union and establish the Confederate Territory of Arizona in March of 1861. This act brought the Civil War to New Mexico. Conflict raged up and down the Rio Grande when the Confederates launched as invasion of northern New Mexico the following year. In this tour, we will visit the more significant sites of Civil…

Grand Canyon by Train

December 10 - December 13

Our tour will start with a drive across the Navajo Nation before settling in for the night at the historic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. The next day we will board the Grand Canyon Railway and travel in the elite Luxury Dome Class. We will stay and dine at the El Tovar Hotel, originally opened in 1905. The next day we will return to Williams by train while partaking in a sparkling white wine…

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