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“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.
  • 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.

 


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Arches National Park Geology

March 31

Explore the iconic Arches National Park with a geologist! We will tour the amazing cliffs, canyons, needles, windows, and arches of the park with plenty of time for a few easy, short hikes to see Balanced Rock, Double Arch, Delicate Arch, and more. Discover how these amazing works of nature were formed from solid beds of sandstone. Be sure to bring your camera and wear good walking shoes for this spectacular red rock tour. Led…

Roc Creek Rock Art Hike

April 18

People have been using and living in the canyons around Gateway for hundreds of thousands of years and have left behind clues that help us understand what their everyday life was like. Roc Creek contains some of the most dazzling and intriguing rock art in the region. The oldest images were carved into the sandstone one thousand years ago, and evidence of a possible village site can be found in the area. This tour involves…

Great Museums of Utah

April 27

On this tour, we’ll visit two of eastern Utah’s finest museums. Our first stop will be the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River, which presents exciting historic events associated with the Green and Colorado rivers. Full-scale replicas of explorer John Wesley Powell’s boats, artifacts, and models bring to life his dangerous journey in 1869. The next stop is the Prehistoric Museum at Utah State University Eastern in Price. On exhibit is the…

Wild West Forensic Tour

May 26

Participants will travel to Parachute to follow the trail of Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan after he robbed the Silt train and learn about his supposed death at the hands of a posse. The group will explore the mystery of one of the West’s most colorful characters, John Henry “Doc” Holliday. We will tour the Frontier Historical Society and learn about the real Doc Holliday, who has been shrouded in legend and myth. Curator David Bailey…

Highlights of the Black Hills

June 5 - June 9

On this multi-day trip, we will visit some of the diverse gems of Black Hills, named the Paha Sapa by the Sioux. We will see Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the wild west town of Deadwood, and the Journey Museum. We will also see more than 40 fossilized mammoths preserved at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site and will finish up with a day at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, where…

Rock Art of Canyon Pintado

June 17

Learn about your back yard and meet your past neighbors. Join Colorado Mesa University Professor of Archaeology Dr. John Seebach as he leads this tour into Canyon Pintado, famous for its wealth of Fremont and Ute rock art. At various locations throughout Canyon Pintado, we will be seeing rock art first described by the Dominguez-Escalante expedition including impressive pictographs that tower above modern-day Highway 139. During this journey, we will also learn about the artists…

Land’s End/Whitewater Basin: Ute Legends

June 22

Travel with Curator David Bailey up the magnificent Land’s End Road to Grand Mesa and learn about Ute legends and lifeways. We will stop at the Land’s End Observatory, six thousand feet above the Gunnison River Valley. Bailey will talk about the legends of Grand Mesa; we will view the legendary nesting sites of the mythical Thunderbirds and the dwelling place of the giant serpent Batiqtuba. We will also visit the Grand Mesa Visitor Center,…

Corkscrew Pass Jeep Tour

July 7

Travel with Curator David Bailey along the beautiful and historic jeep trails through the Ouray and Red Mountain area. The group will travel up to the Million Dollar Highway to skirt the edge of Red Mountain, and pass the Queen Anne Mine and other remnants of the “San Juan Excitement” mining boom. The jeeps will then traverse Corkscrew Pass and travel to Hurricane Pass for a bird’s-eye view of Como Lake. Led by David Bailey…

Black Canyon of the Gunnison Boat Tour

July 20

The Curecanti Needle is a major landmark and breathtaking monolith in the upper portion of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The granite rock was so striking that the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad used its image on its logo from 1887 to 1926. The trail no longer traverses near the Needle, but we will take a boat tour out of Morrow Point to get an unforgettable view of the Black Canyon and learn…

Rivers, Tracks, and Dinosaurs

July 25 - July 27

Experience the Western Slope’s ‘Jurassic Park’. Raft the black water (= calm water) of the Colorado River to see canyons and dinosaur tracks, then dig into Mygatt-Moore Quarry where you can spend a day as a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones. On day three, we travel west via van to Moab to find dinosaur trackways from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This is the Dinosaur Trifecta: rocks, bones, and tracks! Bring your hiking shoes, a…

Jet Boating De Beque Canyon

August 8

Come experience the most exciting jet boat tour on the Colorado River! We will be riding in a custom New Zealand-style jet boat through the breathtaking scenery of De Beque Canyon. Sit back and learn about the history, geology, and lore of the Colorado River from this fun and unique perspective. Led by Carla Hatch Photo courtesy of Jet Boat Colorado Please fill out and return our 2017 Trip registration-medical form to complete your registration. 

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…

Grand Tour of Great Britain

September 2 - September 16

© Matt Jacques | Dreamstime.com Discover what makes Great Britain truly great as you explore this delightful island from top to bottom. Start in Edinburgh, the Georgian Scottish capital, before heading south to Wales, passing through the lovely English countryside and historic cities like York and Liverpool along the way. Then it’s off to the Roman town of Bath and royal London—the perfect finishing touch on this quintessentially British experience.  Led by Erin Schmitz Trip…

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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