APRIL 5 – 7, 2019
John Wesley Powell River History Museum | Green River, UT
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Join paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster on a tour of the Mill Canyon dinosaur track site located 30-40 miles south of Green River. The recently excavated site features tracks from 8 different species of dinosaur (as well as a crocodile) all in one spot.
Trip Leader ReBecca Hunt-Foster is the new Monument Paleontologist and Museum Curator at Dinosaur National Monument. She previously worked as the District Paleontologist for the Canyon Country District of the BLM.
On this field trip, we will collect fossils from the Cretaceous aged Mancos Shale. At Stop 1 we will collect Oysters from the Tununk Member (about 92 million years old). At Stop 2 we will collect ammonites and bivalves from the Juana Lopez Member (about 89 million years old).
Trip leader Kevin Bylund is an amateur paleontologist who has been collecting ammonites in Utah for the last 50 years (see www.ammonoid.com). For the last 11 years, he has been working with scientists from Utah and Europe on Triassic ammonoids and other fossils in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.
Join paleontologist Greg McDonald on a tour of Fossil Point, a site where boulders yield large dinosaur bones that date as far back as the Jurassic Era, 145 million years ago. This extraordinary site, very close to Green River, is home to large dinosaur vertebrae, leg bones, and fantastic views of the La Sal mountains.
Join paleontologist Jim Kirkland on a tour of one of Utah’s most spectacular dinosaur bone sites – the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. The quarry is an ancient braided-river channel with isolated dinosaur bones and many relatively intact skeletons shallowly buried there. Five species of dinosaur tentatively identified in the field include a diversity of long-necked sauropods (Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and perhaps Brachiosaurus) and Utah’s State Fossil, the carnivorous Allosaurus.
Join paleontologist Jim Kirkland on a tour of a giant clam fossil site in the Mancos Shale. These clams lived 85 million years ago, during the Age of Dinosaurs, when this part of Utah was under the ocean. The giant clam fossils reach 3 to 4 feet across and could have weighed as much as 50 pounds when they were alive.
Dr. Jim Kirkland has been the Utah State Paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey over the past 20 years. He issues permits for paleontological research on Utah state lands, keeps tabs on paleontological research and issues across the state, and promotes Utah’s paleontological resources for the public good. An expert on the Mesozoic, he has spent more than forty five years excavating fossils across the southwestern US and Mexico.
Green River is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Utah. Here are some of our favorite places for you and your travel mates to explore near Green River – all within an hour’s drive! Remember to gas up and bring plenty of provisions with you when traveling into wilderness areas.
Past sandy beaches, river rapids, and petroglyphs, this journey takes you into the 1,000 foot deep Lower Gray Canyon along the Green River.
The San Rafael Reef is cut through with deep, sinuous canyons adorned with ancient rock art panels. Within the Reef lies the deep Black Dragon Canyon, named for the flying dragon pictograph located on its wall.
A rare cold water geyser, the Crystal Geyser gets its power from carbon dioxide. The geyser erupts sporadically (every 12-16 hours) and can last for over an hour. Activity from the geyser has laid down mounds of brightly colored travertine along the shores of the river and makes for a truly otherworldly site.