Geology Van Tours

Your tour guide Dr. Amy Ellwein, RMBL’s Director of Science Communications and Engagement, has been studying geology in the area since the early 1990

The information for 2018 will be updated soon. This is information for 2017:

Travel through time without a time machine! On your van tour, you will explore the beautiful landscapes around Crested Butte while learning about the last 2 billion years of Earth’s history. The area around Crested Butte is geologically fascinating, featuring some of the most diverse geology and distinctive landscapes in the entire state of Colorado. Geology van tours will visit different locations each time, based on weather, access, and participant interests. You won’t want to miss this unique tour!

Each van tour includes several stops with some light hiking to examine rock outcrops or assemble at viewing locations. Light hiking will occur along gravel roads and dirt paths. Please consider bringing a small day pack, drinking water, snack, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and sturdy footwear. Journals, cameras, and binoculars are also encouraged.  Tours are for adults – and for kids age 8 and over accompanied by an adult.

Thursday tour dates: June 29, July 27, August 10, and August 24. Special Geobotany tour on July 13 through the Wildflower Festival, register at


For questions please email or phone Jen Pierson at 970-349-7420.

Tours start at 10 a.m. and end at noon, $40 per person. Meet in the parking lot of the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at the northeast corner of the intersection of Elk Avenue and Highway 135.  The van will arrive at this location by 9:45 am at the latest.