San Juan Mining Tour

San Juan Mining Tour 2020

June 15-19


Our summer 2020 tour is fully booked. Please inquire regarding our wait list and our 2021 Tour.

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

Every Summer, Western Colorado University's Extended Studies Office will offer a trip in June 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.

The San Juan Mining tour takes participants through some of Colorado’s most storied mining regions. Vandenbusche and Bartleson will lead travelers over Red Mountain and Ophir Passes to the towns of Montrose, Ouray, Telluride, Silverton and Durango. This tour includes a stop at Blue Mesa Reservoir, the Ridgway Rail Road Museum (with a special ride on the Galloping Goose), the Ouray County Museum, a ride on the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a tour of the Old Hundred mine, a guided tour of the Mayflower Mill, visits to mining museums, and stays at some of the most famous historic hotels in Colorado.

Some stops, mountain passes and hikes are dependent on weather and may change closer to the date of the course depending on snow pack and avalanche activity.

The cost is $925 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 970.943.2885 for more information, and click here to be added to the San Juan Mining Tour 2020 waitlist.