Western Interior Paleontological Society - Denver, CO
Friday, July 21, 2017
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  Douglas Pass One 2017
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The Green river Shales of the Parachute Creek Formation are known for their fish, plant and insect fossils. Douglas Pass, Colorado is a treasure trove of very wonderful insect and plant "keepers." We dig under the aucpices of Michael Graham's BLM permit. Harley Armstrong, of the BLM has been helping us in this regard for nearly 25 years. He just retired, but did arrange this permit for us one last time before leaving the BLM. He has been a great friend to WIPS in many ways. This trip is fun and interesting for all ages. Drive time is about 5-6 hours from Denver to site. Accomadations included a Super 8 in Fruita; reasonable price and 35 beautiful minutes from the site. Campgrounds with showers also exist in the Highline State Park, north of Grand Junction on Highway 139. Limited to 16 people. Physical Requirements: Despite the high altitude (8268 feet), it can be hot and dry in mid-summer. No shade at the site. You will dig in hard rock slopes alongside a closed-off government road which allows foot traffic within certain government-imposed parameters. Fossils can actually be found a few steps from your parked vehicle. Trip directions with more detail will be sent out to those who sign up. There is an extraordinary field hand-out associated with this trip. Cost: 5 dollars per person WIPS field trip fee. Trip Leader: Mike Graham

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