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You are invited to join the Museum on one of our natural history tours, where there is something for everyone!
For more information on the trips mentioned here or to receive a catalog of our domestic travel programs, call 303-370-6304 or 303-370-6303.

We have trips scheduled for the following months. Click to go to that month's trip:
March 2001 || April 2001 || June 2001 || July 200l || August 2001

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The Last Frontier of Texas and Big Bend National Park
March 3–10, 2001
$2,295, double occupancy, not including airfare

Tour one of this country’s most remote regions, Big Bend in Texas. The journey will explore the human and natural history of this remarkable region. The bold landscapes of Big Bend include the rugged Chisos Mountains, rolling hills, deep canyons, and long desert vistas. This park also has an exciting wild west history—home to the Mescalero Apaches and Comanches, Buffalo Soldiers, cowboys, miners, and Mexican revolutionaries. Planned meetings with colorful local citizenry bring this history to life. Wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is relatively cool at this time of year.

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Landscapes of Hawaii with John Fielder
April 22–30, 2001
$4,193 per person, double occupancy, not including airfare

Visit Hawaii’s wildest and most beautiful places with renowned Colorado photographer John Fielder and specially invited Hawaii-based photographers. This custom-designed photo safari includes an in-depth photography workshop at the Museum prior to embarking on an active adventure in Hawaii’s rich rainforest, desert, and marine ecosystems. Capture sunrises and sunsets via nature hikes, helicopter flights, ocean cruises, and mule treks. Private guides, scientists, and educators will share island history and lore for an unforgettable, in-depth picture of paradise.

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Jurassic Journey for Families
June 28–July 2 and July 11–15, 2001

$769 adult, $600 child 6–12 years, plus transportation to Vernal, Utah
A deposit of $100 per person is due upon registration with final payment due April 28.
(These 2000 prices are subject to a 5 to 10 percent increase for 2001.)

Follow in the footsteps of gigantic Jurassic dinosaurs, and in the footsteps of a giant in geology, John Wesley Powell, leader of the first successful Green River Expedition in 1869. This signature DMNS river-running, dinosaur exploration is designed for families. Visit the world’s largest in-situ dinosaur fossil bone quarry at Dinosaur National Monument and walk among life-size dinosaurs. Then, spend three-and-a-half days river rafting through class II and III rapids on the Green River, hunting for fossils, enjoying wilderness and wildlife, and visiting Indian rock art sites. This trip fills quickly every year, so register early! Ages 6 and up.

Special trip For Teachers
Costa Rica’s Rainforests and Volcanoes
June 16–26
Special study tour geared toward K–12 teachers with
university credit offered through the Colorado School of Mines.
Call 303-370-6304 for details and pricing.

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Alaska Family Adventure
July 22–31, 2001
$4,398 - $5,498 for adults, double occupancy; $2,498 - $4,198 for youth 8–17 years, double or triple occupancy (limited availability); plus airfare.
These special rates are valid until December 15, after which date rates increase by $200 per person. A partially refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due upon registration; final payment for all land and air costs is due by April 20.

A popular trip for DMNS grandparents and grandchildren! Gather in Juneau and board the Wilderness Adventurer to explore the magnificent tidewater glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park and navigate to such places as Icy Strait and Tracy Arm fjord. Look out for whales, grizzly bears, and bald eagles as you cruise the forested islands of Southeastern Alaska. Then travel into Alaska’s vast interior, to the great Yukon Valley and spend two nights at Denali National Park. Hike in the park, meet a dog musher and his team, or raft on the Nenana River. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip designed for the entire family, with a full range of activities appropriate for all. Call for detailed brochure.

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Colorado River Canoe Trip
August 17–19
$305 adult, $215 child 8–12 years, plus transportation to Fruita
A $100 deposit is due upon registration with balance due July 17.

Paddle the Colorado River through a spectacular 26-mile section of canyon country, passing through the high walls of red sandstone and shale in Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. You may take side trips into deep box canyons, exploring the incredible landscape created over millions of years. A DMNS zoology research associate will join you as the study leader on this trip. The river current, gentle enough for the novice paddler, offers an occasional, small class I+ rapid to add a little excitement to the river journey.

Cost includes trip leader and canoe guides, canoes, and paddles; dry pack for your gear; river fees; meals from breakfast on the first day through lunch on the third day; pretrip canoe instruction at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Not included are tent and sleeping bag, transportation to put-in site, and entrance fee to Cherry Creek State Park for practice session. Participants will run a car shuttle to put-in and take-out points. Children ride in the center of the canoe.

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Grizzlies, Wildlife, and Culture of British Columbia
August 28–September 2
$2,995 per person double occupancy, plus airfare to Bella Coola, B.C.
A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration with balance due May 28.

In the wild and pristine region of Western Canada’s Pacific Northwest, you’ll experience the incomparable thrill of close encounters with some of North America’s most impressive creatures—massive grizzly bears, spawning salmon, elusive wolves, and soaring bald eagles. Learn about the rich culture of the Bella Coola Valley native peoples, the Nuxalk. Visit their native longhouses, and a newly discovered series of petroglyphs engraved into a forgotten trail atop a rainforest valley. Accommodations are at the rustic Tweedsmuir Lodge. Set across a field from the Bella Coola River, in the shadows of an 8,000-foot rock peak, this lodge provides a chance to possibly view grizzlies from the porch with a dramatic background rarely found.

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