Geology 191: Colorado Plateau Field Studies

La Sal Mtns through ArchInterested in geology and the earth sciences? Interested in teaching science? What's next? Summer is the training ground for learning geology and the earth sciences in the field. MJC offers a unique mix of field courses that will give you excellent preparation for advancement towards a university degree, or towards a science teaching credential. Or maybe you are just plain interested in knowing more about the Earth!

Imagine yourself on the high plateaus of central Utah hunting for dinosaurs, or on the brink of a 5,000 foot deep canyon in Arizona, or searching for gemstones in the Nevada-Utah desert. Imagine hunting for Pueblo cliff dwellings in a quiet deserted canyon on the Colorado-Utah border or in New Mexico. Imagine taking a trip in a time machine to the distant past, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, continental landmasses drifted and collided, and seas covered vast areas of the American west. If this picture is appealing, consider one of MJC's most unique summer offerings: Geology 191: The Geology of the Colorado Plateau.

This trip isn't for everybody. We will spend two weeks on the road, camping every night in conditions that will range from overly hot to unseasonably cool, with all the threats of living outdoors: blazing sun, wind and dust storms, thunder and lightning, bugs and . . . tourists. It will also include dark starlit skies, glorious sunsets and sunrises, impossibly beautiful vistas, and tours of some of the most incredible landscapes in the world. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, consider joining us!

The cost of the trip is $850.00, which includes food, transportation, and teaching materials (Registration fees are extra). We will have two organizational meetings. Previous experience in geology or earth science is highly recommended, but not required (be ready to have a crash course in basic principles before we leave).

Syllabus & Documents

Scheduled Campsites and Tentative Localities (From 2013, dates will be different for Summer of 2015)

6/15: Mojave Scenic Area, CA-  Borax open-pit mine, Calico Ghost Town, Kelso Sand Dunes, Hole in the Wall                                   

6/16: Zion National Park, UT- Frenchman Mountain, Lake Mead National Recreational Area, Valley of Fire State Park                                          

6/17: North Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ - Zion Arch, Coral Pink Sand Dunes                             

6/18: North Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ - Walhalla Plateau and Cape Royal, Inner Canyon or Rim Trail hiking.                            

6/19: Navajo National Monument, AZ - Lees Ferry and Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend Viewpoint, Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon.                        

6/20: Muley Point on Cedar Mesa, UT - Betatakin Ruins, Black Mesa Coal Mine, Agathla Peak, Monument Valley,  Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway 

6/21: Mesa Verde National Park, CO - Natural Bridges National Monument, Mule Canyon Hike, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument                              

6/22: Ouray, Rocky Mountains, CO - Chapin Mesa, Durango, Red Mountain Pass, San Juan Mountains, Silverton

6/23: Arches Nat. Park, UT - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado National Monument, Colorado River Gorge at Dewey Bridge

6/24: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah - Landscape Arch, Double Arch, Upheaval Dome, Grandview Point, Mesa Arch, Delicate Arch sunset hike

6/25: Goblin Valley State Park, Utah - Green River, Crystal Geyser, San Rafael Swell

6/26: Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah - Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

6/27: Topaz Mountain, Utah or Great Basin National Park, Nevada - Bryce Canyon National Park

6/28: Berlin/Ichthyosaur State Pk, Nevada - Mono Lake, Yosemite National Park

Instructor: Garry Hayes