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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Spring Farm Tour in the North Fork Valley

April 27

Led by the Colorado West Land Trust The Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust invite you to join us on a journey through the scenic farm land of the spectacular North Fork Valley. We will visit three conserved family farms, including the 4th generation Ela Family Farm. Learn about the agricultural heritage of family farms in Hotchkiss and Paonia. Our journey includes a locally-sourced lunch with wine from area vintners. $95/Museum or…

Birding the Colorado River

May 3 - May 5

Led by the Colorado Canyons Association Journey down the Colorado River through Ruby-Horsethief Canyon on a 3-day rafting and camping adventure, all while discovering the amazing avian diversity along the way. This fully outfitted trip is a three-day/two-night river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association’s Catalpa Camp and includes freshly prepared meals, local wines, and fireside stories about area.  Involves some light hiking and paddling $525/Museum or CCA member; $575/Non-member $175/deposit Includes birding…

Canyonlands Jet Boat Tour

June 7

Led by David Bailey, Curator of History The three-hour jet boat trip will travel through 2,200-foot canyon walls on the Colorado River. The group will take a short hike to a petrified forest and a fossilized sea bed. The tour will continue down river and see wonderful views of the arches, petroglyphs, and a unique view of prehistoric granary. The jet boat will travel through the bottom of Dead Horse State Park, Thelma and Louise…

Baxter Pass and the Uintah Railway

June 20

Led by Matt Darling, Cross Orchards Curator and Railroad Historian Discover the rich and unique history of Baxter Pass and the Uintah Railway, the steepest most crooked narrow gauge railway in North America. View the vistas and enjoy lunch on top of the pass. Visit Lake McAndrews and view the ruins of remote Dragon, UT. Marvel at the one of a kind geology of the Black Dragon Mine. Half-mile hike to the mine involved. $85/Museum…

Lazy H Ranch Tour

June 22

Led by the Colorado West Land Trust Ranching is one of the oldest traditions in Western Colorado. Come with the Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust on this tour of the historic and conserved Lazy H Ranch, a working ranch with approximately 4,100 acres. This beautiful ranch has two miles of frontage along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. The owners, Doug and Kerry Harris, are dedicated and very active in…

Paleontology of Ruby and Horsethief Canyons Field Experience

July 11 - July 12

Photo courtesy of Colorado Canyons Association Led by Julia McHugh, Ph.D., MWC Curator of Paleontology, and Rob Gay, CCA, 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…

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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