Western Interior Paleontological Society - Denver, CO

Douglas Pass One 2017

Description: 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 auspices of Mike 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 this one last time before leaving the BLM. He has been a great friend to WIPS in many ways.

Drive time is about 5-6 hours, Denver to site.
Accommodations: Super 8 in Fruita; reasonable price and 35 very beautiful minutes away from the site. Campgrounds with showers also exist at 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 into 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
Location: Western CO north of Grand Junction
Status: Waiting for approval
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Category: Field Trips*
Created by: Malcolm Bedell
Updated: Thursday, April 6, 2017 11:44pm GMT

For WIPS members only