Dinosaur Diamond

From Fruita, Colorado to Vernal, Utah, we’re off to explore the amazing Jurassic beds of the Dinosaur Diamond.
map of Dinosaur Diamond trip locations

This four-day and three-night fossil-extravaganza will take dinosaur enthusiasts to sites like the Mygatt-Moore Fossil Quarry (located in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area), Moab Giants and nearby tracksites, Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry at Jurassic National Monument, and of course – the premier Jurassic Bone Bed of the west: Dinosaur National Monument.

This trip will be led by Erin LaCount and Amy Atwater and can only accommodate 13 attendees – so sign up quickly for a spot on this ultimate Jurassic Journey!

Study Leaders

Amy Atwater joined Dinosaur Ridge as Director of Development and Membership on October 1, 2023. Originally from Oregon, Amy has also lived in Montana, Utah, and Texas. She has a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Dinosaur Ridge, Amy served as Curator for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) managing national databases, working with researchers, and providing tours of the Geological Materials Repository. Prior to this role she spent three years as Paleontology Collections Manager & Registar at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. Her passion lies in science communications and advocacy for the stewardship of natural resources.

Erin LaCount began visiting Dinosaur Ridge as a young child with her grandparents in the 1990s, had her high school senior portrait taken on the Ridge, held her wedding reception at the Main Visitor Center. April 2024 is her 22nd year here at Dinosaur Ridge, and she serves currently as Director of Education Programs. In 2023, she published research on the Lakes-Marsh Atlantosaurus Beds in Morrison and has been working with the Morrison Natural History Museum on studying and measuring the Morrison Formation of Dinosaur Ridge since the early 2010s.

Cost

Cost: $1,000/attendee (Hotels not included. Room blocks are been set for reservations in Moab, Price, and Vernal locations.)

Location and Transportation

We will meet at the Main Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center and drive in our 15-passenger van west! Our locations will be Fruita, Colorado; Moab, Utah; Price, Utah; and Vernal, Utah before heading back for a quick stop in Grand Junction, Colorado. The sites we will visit and tour are:

  • Dinosaur Journey Museum (Fruita)
  • Mygatt-Moore Quarry (outside of Fruita)
  • Moab Giants (Moab)
  • Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (Price)
  • Dinosaur National Monument (Vernal)
  • Museum of the West (Grand Junction

Physical Exertion Level/Accessibility

We will finalize these details as we confirm with the locations about our final activities and guided portions vs. self guided. So far, all of the exertion levels are mild to moderate trail hiking or paved trail walking. There will be options for Dinosaur National Monument based on which trail attendees would like to explore. We will be outdoors for many portions of the trip at these sites, so planning ahead for October conditions will be necessary. If rainy conditions are present, the trails/paths may be muddy or gravelly, and even if it’s sunny and things are clear, we recommend sturdy hiking shoes that come up over the ankle in the case of loose rocky material and native biting critters (like rattlesnakes). More detailed information coming soon!

 

TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY

This Dinosaur Diamond trip is contingent on a minimum of 6 registered participants and will be cancelled by (final date in September – will be added once hotels are finalized) if the minimum is not met.

  • If the trip is cancelled by Dinosaur Ridge, participants will receive a full refund of program fees paid.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received 90 or more calendar days prior to departure qualify for a full refund.
  • Cancellations received 60 or more calendar days prior to departure qualify for an 80% refund.
  • Cancellations received 30 or more calendar days prior to departure qualify for a 50% refund of program fees.
  • Cancellations received 15 calendar days or less prior to departure are assessed a cancellation fee of 100% of the program fees. You may transfer your registration to another attendee or forfeit your payment.

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