San Juan Mining 2014

San Juan Mining, June 16-20, 2014

Explore Colorado History and Geology with an incredible summer course from Extended Studies

This summer, Western State Colorado University Extended Studies will offer a trip in June 2014 that explores Colorado’s historic mining camps and other sites throughout the San Juan Mountain region.

Participants need not be history buffs to enjoy this trip. Tour guides Duane Vandenbusche and Bruce Bartleson are sure to make the tours as entertaining as they are educational. Having taught history at Western since 1962, Vandenbusche has a knack for telling stories about Colorado’s rich heritage. Bartleson is an emeritus professor and taught geology at Western for 33 years. He is a renowned expert in the geology of the Western Slope and shares little-known facts about the unique geologic formations that shape Colorado’s landscape.

Held from June 16-20, the San Juan Mining Camps tour takes participants through some of Colorado’s most storied mining regions. Vandenbusche and Bartleson will lead travelers through Red Mountain, Owl Creek, Slumgullion, and Ophir Passes to the towns of Lake City, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Durango. This tour includes a ride on the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a tour of the Old Hundred mine, visits to mining museums, and stays at some of the most famous historic hotels in Colorado.

The cost is $740 and includes all travel (leaving from Gunnison), lodging, ticket on the Durango-Silverton Railroad, melodrama, and all tours and museums. Space is limited and a $200 deposit is required to register.

Contact Western Extended Studies at 800-876-5309, ext. 7 or go online at www.western.edu/extendedstudies to register. These trips fill up quickly and space is limited, so it is recommended to register early.

Application for Registration (one application per person)