9:00 AM09:00

"Walk with Dinosaurs" - CCA Paleontology Hike

Hike Through a Jurassic Landscape with CCA


Join CCA's Education Director and paleontologist, Rob Gay, on this fun, one-day trip through McInnis Canyons NCA! We will be hiking to some of the most significant paleontological sites within the NCA. We will start the morning by visiting the first dinosaurs discovered in the NCA at Dinosaur Hill before heading over to the Fruita Paleontological Area to see fossils in the ground and learn about new discoveries being made. This will be followed by lunch at the Hot Tomato in Fruita (not provided). After our lunch break we will journey out to Rabbit Valley to see the world-famous Mygatt-Moore Quarry and hike a portion of the Trail Through Time where a complete dinosaur skeleton lays entombed in the rock, for those willing to explore. Finally the day will end with a tour of the Dinosaur Journey museum in Fruita.


  • Cost
    • $80/person for members, $125/person for non-members
  • Group Limit
    • 10 people
  • Ages
    • 15 to adult
  • Physical Condition
    • You will be hiking on established, maintained trails throughout the day. Participants should be in good physical condition and able to hike at least 3 miles in fall hiking conditions.
  • Refund Policy
    • Payments will be refunded if cancellations are made 10 or more days before trip departure. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time.
    • In event of CCA needing to cancel the trip due to outside circumstances you will receive a full refund, less a $25 booking fee.
  • CCA will provide water and snacks for this trip. You are responsible for your own lunch at Hot Tomato.
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8:30 AM08:30

"Hike into History" - Bridgeport/Big Dominguez Hike

Journey Through a Historic Red Rock Canyon

 Views in Dominguez Canyon stretch for miles and inspire awe

Views in Dominguez Canyon stretch for miles and inspire awe

Join CCA as we hike from Bridgeport up the beautiful and historic Big Dominguez Canyon in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Participants will meet at the Bridgeport trailhead, then follow our guide across the bridge, along the river, and up the canyon. Along the way we will stop and check out railroad artifacts, historic farming remains, dams, amazing geology, and ancient Native American petroglyphs. The trees should be changing color, so don't forget to bring your cameras as well as your snacks. Come join us on this hike into history!


  • Email rob@canyonsassociation.org for more details

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2:00 PM14:00

Book Signing at Carlson Vineyards

Join us on Saturday, September 8th from 2-5 pm at Carlson Vineyards to meet the BLM artist-in-residence, Joe Colwell, and enjoy CCA’s delicious new wine, Terra. Joe will be signing copies of his newly published book, Echoes of Time: Reflections on the Mesas and Canyons of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

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4:30 PM16:30

August Education Committee Meeting

Education Committee Meeting

Our back-to-school Education Committee Meeting will be taking place in Grand Junction. It will focus on the Catalpa and GOCO curriculae, as well as upcoming events. This event is for committee members and members of the public interested in joining the CCA Education Committee.

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8:30 AM08:30

Gunnison Gorge NCA Birding Trip

Gunnison Gorge Birding Hike with Bill Harris



Join Audubon member Bill Harris birding the banks of the Gunnison River in the Gunnison Gorge NCA.  May is an excellent time to view a host of migrating birds and year-round residents, as well.  Expect to see black phoebes, yellow-breasted chats, water fowl, spotted towhees, yellow warblers, bullocks orioles and several raptors.  There’s always a few surprises.  Expect shorts walks on flat terrain.  Bring binoculars, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, snacks and water.  We’ll wrap things up about 11:30 AM.  Trip limited to 12 people.

Come Prepared:

  • Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a sun hat, and sunglasses.
  • Bring a camera, binoculars and field guides if desired.

For questions, contact CCA's Education Director, Rob Gay, at 970-263-7902 or rob@canyonsassociation.org

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5:30 PM17:30

Eagle Rock Shelter Lecture with Glade Hadden

Eagle Rock Shelter Lecture with Glade Hadden

Come join us to celebrate BLM archaeologist, Glade Hadden's, retirement by attending his last lecture as a BLM employee.

 Visitors at the Eagle Rock Shelter

Visitors at the Eagle Rock Shelter

Are you curious about western Colorado's prehistory or desire to learn more about the Eagle Rock Shelter? Then join us on Tuesday, March 27th at Two Rascals Brewing Company for this fun and interesting presentation! 

Glade will paint a picture of what life was like in western Colorado 12,000 years ago, as well as explain the history behind the discovery and excavation of Colorado's oldest home, Eagle Rock Shelter. Whether you've attended Glade's previous hiking tours to Eagle Rock Shelter or you're just looking to learn more about the area, this talk will be a great chance to learn more about the amazing Gunnison Gorge NCA and the people who have made their homes there over the millennia.

The full menu from the brewery will be available for purchase at the event.

Looking for more background on this site?

  • Click here to access a recent radio interview with CPR host Ryan Warner, CCA Board President Bob Silbernagel, and BLM Archaeologist (and our presenter) Glade Hadden. 
  • Click here for a CCA-sponsored video that features Glade Hadden and provides tips for visiting historic sites without impacting the resource. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CCA's Education Director, Rob Gay via rob@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

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7:00 PM19:00

Finding and Describing the Western Slope's Oldest Dinosaur Public Lecture

Finding and Describing the Western Slope's Oldest Dinosaur

CCA's Education Director, Rob Gay, will talk about the significance of the oldest dinosaur ever found on the western slope!

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Join CCA's Education Director and paleontologist, Rob Gay, for a free public lecture in collaboration with the Museums of Western Colorado. Rob will be presenting on a recent publication, describing the oldest dinosaur known from the western slope (just outside of Moab, Utah). Rob has extensive experience speaking about the paleontology of western Colorado and eastern Utah and will explain why this little dinosaur butt fossil has such a huge importance for our understanding of the prehistory of our area. 

For questions or more information, contact Rob Gay via rob@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

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