The Ouray County Historical Society offers its fifth annual geologic tour of the northwestern San Juan Mountains on Wednesday, June 21.
The all-day event, “Geology, Mines and Minerals of the Ouray Area,” traverses from Ridgway to Red Mountain Pass. Local geologists Larry Meckel and Robert Stoufer will lead the journey through 1.7 billion years of natural forces that shaped Ouray County’s dramatic terrain.
Geology tourists will ride in open-air jeeps along the entire route. At stops along the way, Meckel will interpret rock layers and formations in terms of past geologic events. At historic mining sites, Stoufer will identify minerals and explain how they were formed.
The tour starts and ends in front of Ouray’s City Hall. A box lunch, geologic field guide and jeep transportation are included in the $125 per person fee. Participants should arrive by 7:30 a.m. and the tour begins at 8:00 a.m.
Registration for the tour will remain open until all seats are filled. No refunds will be offered after June 7. To register, call the Ouray County Historical Museum at (970) 325-4576.