Posts Tagged ‘Dino digs’

McInnis Canyons Mygatt-Moore Quarry Gives Up Fossil Clues

Grand Junction, Colo. — Several recent paleontological discoveries at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, located in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA), may give paleontologists a new understanding of the appearance of dinosaurs living during the late Jurassic period and the environment where these animals lived and eventually perished. Volunteers with the Museum of Western Colorado [...]

Big Jacket update

We are long over due to update those who are interested in the progress of our large jacket that was pulled out this past summer from the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Our volunteer, Dorothy, has been hard at work preparing the jacket and has uncovered all of the large rib that was contained in the jacket, along with [...]

End of season at Mygatt-Moore Quarry

The Mygatt-Moore Quarry has officially been closed up for the summer. We had a very successful summer of digging, with 105 specimens collected over the summer. Included in our finds were 14 plant specimens, 25 various rib sections, 5 sauropod vertebrae and 2 specimens of Mymoorapelta (a vertebra and a piece of neck armor). We also had a great year [...]

Big Jacket Pull at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry

On August 19th the Museum’s expeditions crew removed a large jacket containing the remains of a Apatosaurus vertebra and at least 3 (maybe up to 6!) ribs from the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. A backhoe from the City of Fruita was donated for the morning to help us remove this very large piece from the ground. The jacket separated from the ground successfully and is currently being [...]

Mygatt-Moore Quarry: Week 1

It is officially dig season at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry! Our first dig was on May 25th and went very well. Dinosaur Journey volunteer and castmaker Dorothy found an Allosaurus tooth tip – our first of the year! On June 4th a beautiful Diplodocus tooth with wear facets on two sides was found in the quarry. This was the first [...]

Snowmass Dig

Safely Secured: After wrestling 800 pounds of dinosaur, rock, and plaster down the mountain for nearly four hours, the team pauses for a photo with the field jacket chained down tight on a flatbed. Wrapped up in the rock and plaster are parts of an as yet unidentified dinosaur from the Morrison Formation in the [...]

Extended Moab Dig

Day one: During our first day we traveled through Colorado National Monument and became acquainted with some of the local geology, similar to what we would see once we arrived in Moab. We also took a trip out to Cactus Park to see a Jurassic dinosaur track site, where dinosaurs walked on a wet, sandy [...]

Summer in the Rockies – on the Dinosaur Track

Thanks to Amanda Dumenigo of, we are listed with other dinosaur adventures in the Rockies. Check out the article here. If you are new to, here’s a bit of information about the site. “ is the insider source for everything local. Covering thousands of subjects across hundreds of cities and towns, Examiners come from all walks of life [...]

Dinosaur Journey Volunteer in “Fruita Times”

Our very own Kay Fredette was featured in the Fruita Times. Dinosaur Journey volunteer gives back to Fruita  By Debbie Roberts, Special to the Fruita Times February 5, 2009 “Volunteers have been an integral part of Dinosaur Journey for decades. And they are not just tour guides. At the museum they do everything from cleaning and [...]

Museum, BLM Review Paleo Plans

Dr. John Foster, paleontologist for the Museum of Western Colorado, and Katie Stephens, new Manager of the BLM McIinnis Canyons National Conservation Area, met at Rabbit Valley and the Mygatt Moore Dinosaur Quarry to review plans for the upcoming dig season. In their hands is the map of the quarry showing the more than 4,000  [...]