FRIDAY, MARCH 23
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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
9:30 AM: Crystal Geyser Field Trip Departs
10 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
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
9 AM: Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry & San Rafael Swell Petroglyphs
*Times subject to change, more info to be added soon!
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
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
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.
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.
Made Possible By:
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- Emery County Travel Board
- Sorenson Legacy Foundation
- City of Green River
- J. W. Powell River History Museum
- Robber’s Roost Motel
- Colorado River & Trail Expeditions
- Alison Jean Cole, Lisa Ward & Anna Evans
- Jim Kirkland – Utah Geological Survey
- River Terrace
- Steve & Juanita Sykes