Museum of Western Colorado offers new trips & tours in 2015 |

Museum of Western Colorado offers new trips & tours in 2015


WHAT: Passport to Adventure Trips & Tours 2015

WHERE: American West & Southwest

WHEN: Throughout 2015

COST: Varies


In celebration of Museum of Western Colorado’s 50th birthday in 2015, its annual Passport to Adventure Trips & Tours program is offering an updated lineup.

“We’re focusing much more heavily on Colorado and the Southwest, due to popularity of those trips and desire to get closer to our mission,” said Peter Booth, Museum of Western Colorado’s executive director. “We’re taking a hiatus from international trips, and we’re celebrating the heritage of our region.”

Due to popular demand, Passport to Adventure will also be offering an expanded listing of guided dinosaur expeditions through Fruita’s Dinosaur Journey Museum (which is under Museum of Western Colorado’s umbrella).

“Expeditions will have a brand-new flavor,” Booth explained.

According to Julia McHugh, Dinosaur Journey Museum’s new director of paleontology, “We will be offering one-day and multiple-day trips to places such as Dinosaur National Monument and Colorado National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Dinosaur Ridge near Denver, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and more.

“The Grand Valley and surrounding areas is such a treasure trove of geologic and paleontological resources, that it makes sense to expand our offerings to highlight these.”

Trip prices vary by destination, length, and whether the person is a museum member or non-member. Lodging prices are based on double occupancy, and meals are not included unless the trip description says so. A cancellation deadline is also strictly enforced. Check with the museum for more information.

Twenty-two trips are currently planned for 2015, not including a variety of “dino digs,” Booth said.

Those trips include a tour of Highway 141 through Unaweep Canyon, Gateway and Hanging Flume; a day trip to view rock art and arches in Moab, Utah; an “atomic tour” of New Mexico; a museum tour of Utah; a day trip along Dinosaur Diamond Byway; a forensic trip of the Wild West, with a focus on John Henry “Doc” Holiday; a hiking tour of Rabbit Valley’s dinosaur fossil remains; a multi-day trip through northern Arizona to study paleontology; a wildflower tour on Colorado’s Grand Mesa; and more.

Passport to Adventures Trips & Tours are led by museum staff and contain educational information along with entertainment.

For a full listing of available adventures, stop by the museum, call 970-242-0971 or visit

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