MARCH 23-25, 2018

John Wesley Powell River History Museum | Green River, UT




Opening Speaker: Greg McDonald

“Sloth on the Beach: Aquatic Adaptations in a Lineage of Extinct Sloths”

Greg McDonald is a regional paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management.  Based out of the Utah State Office of the BLM, he works with the field offices in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.  Prior to transferring to the BLM he worked for the National Park Service as the Senior Curator of Natural History in the Washington Museum Management Program, as Paleontology Program Coordinator in the Geologic Resources Division and as the paleontologist at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.  Prior to his government service he was Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and collections manager of vertebrate paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.  He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto.  His research focuses on the extinct giant ground sloths and their relatives and Plio-Pleistocene mammals of North and South America.



9:30 AM: Crystal Geyser Field Trip Departs
9 AM – 4 PM: Vendors and workshops open
11:30 AM: Pigeon Blood Agate Rockhounding Field Trip departs
1:30 PM: Copper Ridge & Mill Canyon Field Trip departs
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Sunset and Geode hunting at FM Hill
8 PM: Karaoke at West Winds



9 AM: Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry & San Rafael Swell Petroglyphs
10 AM: Field Trip to Fossil Point Departs


*Times subject to change, more info to be added soon!

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.


Pigeon Blood Agate Rockhounding

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.

Leaves 11:30 AM Saturday

Copper Ridge & Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracks

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.

Leaves 1:30 PM Saturday

Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry & San Rafael Swell Petroglyphs

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.

Leaves 9:00 AM Sunday


Fossil Point

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.

Leaves 10:00 AM Sunday

Crystal Geyser

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.

Leaves 9:30 AM Saturday

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.

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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.

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Sego Canyon

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.

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Lodging & Directions


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)


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


Greyhound stop from East and West (Denver – Las Vegas)


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


Robber’s Roost Motel
River Terrace
Knight’s Inn


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