MARCH 23-25, 2018
John Wesley Powell River History Museum | Green River, UT
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.
Join us for some rockhounding among the washes on the road down to Moab. Rockhound Alison Jean Cole will lead a trip looking for Utah’s famed Pigeon Blood Agate. Participants can expect to find a variety of bright yellow, red and translucent “pigeon blood” agates in the washes among the colorful badlands and Jurassic sandstones. Most agates are palm sized to smaller pieces, but some larger chunks can be found buried in the sandy washes.
Join BLM regional paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster on an exploration of the Copper Ridge and Mill Canyon dinosaur track sites located 30-40 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. Just down the road is Mill Canyon, a unique site with tracks from 8 different species of dinosaur (as well as a crocodile) all in one spot.
Join us on a full day road trip to explore the eastern basin of the San Rafael Swell. The first stop is the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, a Jurassic fossil bed managed by the BLM. Paleontologist Mike Leschin will tour us through this fascinating site. On the loop home we’ll stop to explore significant petroglyph sites along the Swell. Possible stops include the Rochester Panel, the Head of Sinbad Panel, and the Black Dragon panel. This day trip is limited to 30 people. Bring a sack lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the road.
For those that can’t go to the dinosaur quarry, Greg McDonald will lead a trip to the site of dinosaur bones that date as far back as the Jurassic Era, 145 million years ago. The road to Fossil Point is accessible by most cars except after storms when the road turns to mud and is home to large vertebrae, leg bones, and fantastic views of the La Sal mountains.
Join us for a morning trip to Green River’s local geyser just south of town. 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.
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.
Sego Canyon contains rock art from three different Native American cultures and ruins of a coal-mining ghost town. This site can be viewed as a short side trip from Interstate 70 east of Green River.