March 31 – April 2

John Wesley Powell River History Museum

Green River, UT

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OPENING LECTURE: DR. JIM KIRKLAND

Kick off the Rock & Mineral Festival with us Friday at 6:30 PM March 31st at the John Wesley Powell Museum for a lecture with Utah State Geologist Jim Kirkland. Dr. Kirkland will be presenting about Green River’s spectacular dinosaur fossils.

“Research over the past two decades on the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation has resulted in an appreciation of 35 million year, or more, geological and paleontological record preserved in this relatively thin but complex rock sequence. The long complex history recorded by these rocks results in its preserving six sequential non-overlapping terrestrial faunas with a greater diversity of dinosaur species than any other formation in the world.”

 

Schedule

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

6:30 PM: Jim Kirkland lecture at JW Powell River History Museum

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

9 AM: Sego Canyon Field Trip #1 departs
10 AM – 4 PM: Vendors and workshops open
10 AM – 4 PM: Dry-stack stone wall demonstrations at Museum
10 AM – 2 PM: Gemstone faceting demonstrations by artist Kirsten Southwell
11 AM: Copper Ridge Field Trip departs
2 PM: Fossil Point Field Trip #1 departs
5 – 6:30 PM: Happy Hour at Savage Territory Gallery feat. photographer Gary Orona
7 PM: Karaoke at West Winds

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

9 AM: Fossil Point Field Trip #2 departs
10 AM – 4 PM: Vendors and workshops open
10 AM – 4 PM: Dry-stack stone wall demonstrations at Museum
10 AM – 2 PM: Gemstone faceting demonstrations by artist Kirsten Southwell
2 PM: Sego Canyon Field Trip #2 departs
4 PM: Vendors and workshops close

Field Trips

Sign up for field trips at the Information Booth at the John Wesley Powell Museum. We will caravan to the site from the museum. Prepare to drive with a sack lunch, water, and enough gas.

 

Fossil Point

Join BLM regional paleontologist Greg McDonald on an exploration of Fossil Point, a colorful Jurassic fossil bed located 12.6 miles south of Green River. Greg will help us identify fossil bearing sites, explain fossil and mineral collecting rules on public lands, and help us envision what this place may have looked like 145 million years ago.

Leaves at 2 PM Saturday and 9 AM Sunday

Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks

Join BLM regional paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster on an exploration of the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite located 30 miles south of Green River. The Copper Ridge site features the tracks of a long-necked, plant eating sauropod dinosaur, and four three-toed dinosaurs preserved for 150 million years.

Leaves at 11 AM Saturday

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs

Join Steve Acerson of the Utah Rock Art Association on a tour of beautiful Sego Canyon in nearby Thompson Springs, UT. View petroglyphs and pictographs from three separate indigenous cultures (some dating as far back as 7,000 B.C.) on the walls of the canyon. The rock art in Sego Canyon is some of the best in Utah.

Leaves at 9 AM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday

Participants

We are accepting last-minute vendor applications. Please email Anna for details.

Kirsten Southwell

Learn about the art of gemstone faceting with an educational exhibit and live demonstration from artist Kirsten Southwell. Using materials generously provided by the Columbia Willamette Faceting Guild, learn about the mathematics and meticulous detail that turns a rough gemstone into a flawless jewel. Demonstrations from 10 AM – 2PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Jim Kirkland

Utah State Paleontologist

Greg McDonald

BLM Paleontologist

Steve Acerson

Rock Art Expert

Gary Orona

Photographer

ReBecca Hunt-Foster

BLM Paleontologist

Self-Guided Tours

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.

 

Lower Gray Canyon

Past sandy beaches, river rapids, and petroglyphs, this journey takes you into the 1,000 foot deep Lower Gray Canyon along the Green River.

Learn More

Black Dragon

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.

Learn More

Crystal Geyser

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.

Learn More

Lodging & Directions

Plane

CNY – Canyonlands Field Airport – Moab, UT (34 mi)
GJT – Grand Junction Regional Airport, CO (102 mi)
PVU – Provo Municipal Airport (142 mi)
SLC – Salt Lake City (186 mi)
DEN – Denver (365 mi)

Car

I-70 from East and West
I-191 from South
US 6 from North

Bus

Greyhound stop from East and West (Denver – Las Vegas)
Elevated Transit stop from North and South (SLC – Blanding)

Train

The Amtrak Green River station is served by the California Zephyr.

Hotels

Robber’s Roost Motel
River Terrace
Knight’s Inn

Camping

Swasey’s Beach
Goblin Valley State Park
Green River State Park
Green River KOA