What secrets lay buried in the Earth?

The summer sun sits high on this cloudless day, the light shimmering off the distant hills. You've watched the exotic landscape roll by as you head to the next park, each destination more enigmatic than the last. You arrive and sprint off the bus, almost tripping over yourself in excitement.

You've seen the fossils and reconstructed skeletons of the ancient beasts in the museums. Now it's time to see their graveyard. Some catastrophe befell these monsters tens of millions of years ago. And here, their bones turned to rock, you can finally see their half-buried remains for yourself.

Your sense of time stretches beyond the confines of your life - and indeed all of history. You can feel the eons piled upon eons, each geologic era exposed for counting, measuring, and understanding. You find yourself a part of the great rhythms and cycles of life on this planet.

The closest you've ever felt to traveling through time.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park


What's included.

  • 8 nights in first class hotels

  • Group airport transfers in Denver

  • All visits and excursions

  • All entrance fees

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

  • 4 national parks, 3 national monuments

  • Motorcoach transportation

  • Baggage handling

  • Professional tour director

  • Expert science storyteller


Your Science Storyteller

Sara ElShafie

  • Global Change Biologist

  • Science Communicator

  • Doctoral Candidate, Biology

"The surreal landscapes and fossils of Colorado and Utah offer one of the world's richest windows into our natural history. These rocks reveal how our own stories began millions of years ago. I am both humbled and inspired by these places every time, and I love sharing that experience with others."

More about Sara...


Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Paul Hermans

Colorado National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park (Sara ElShafie)

Mesa Verde National Park


Our itinerary.

Each day brings new vistas, new wonders, and new mysteries:

  • June 17: Arrive in Denver • Welcome Dinner • Overnight: Sheraton Denver

  • June 18: Denver Museum of Nature and Science • Red Rocks Park • Overnight: Sheraton Denver

  • June 19: Colorado National Monument • At leisure in Durango • Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Junction

  • June 20: Dinosaur National Monument • Dinner in Grand Junction • Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Junction

  • June 21: Arches National Park • Moab, Utah • Canyonlands National Park • Dinner in Grand Junction • Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Junction

  • June 22: Mesa Verde National Park • Mesa Top Loop Road • Overnight: Durango Downtown Inn, Durango

  • June 23: Great Sand Dunes National Park • At leisure in Colorado Springs • Overnight: Marriott, Colorado Springs

  • June 24: Garden of the Gods • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument • Farewell Dinner at the Flying W Ranch • Overnight: Marriott, Colorado Springs

  • June 25: Transfer to Denver and depart

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Please note: Itinerary and hotel selection are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control.


$3,463 per person

Double occupancy. Limited single occupancy rooms available; surcharges apply. Flights are not included. 


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Don't wait!

Reserve your spot with a deposit of $300.

Begin your reservation by submitting this form so our travel agents can contact you, or you can immediately register online.

You can also talk to our agents directly by calling 740.407.2157 and asking for the "Deep Time Fossil Trek" tour.

Registration closes 12/17/2018.
In order to develop custom tours with our partners, we have to secure our group accommodations and transportation with a minimum number of guest reservations. Rest assured, if the tour is dropped, everyone who made their deposits and payments through AstroTours will be notified and fully refunded. Details on customer cancellation policies are in our Terms & Conditions below.


You’ll also be invited to attend a live webinar with your science storyteller and our staff to get updates, share travel tips, and ask questions.

Tour logistics provided by Premiere World Discovery.
Travel agency support provided by Mermaid Travel.



We are all explorers – on a journey of discovery, sharing in the natural wonder of our planet and the Universe, and seeking extraordinary science experiences together.

We are committed to and actively promote diversity in our community, and we believe the future of science and research, culture and art, depend upon the inclusion of and respect for individual perspectives.

We will always be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful with each other, and promote a collaborative environment of safety, security, and friendship within our community.

We prohibit the use of any demeaning, discriminatory, threatening, or harassing speech toward any member of our AstroTouring community.

Your participation is contingent on upholding these ethics and standards of integrity as we travel together in search of our own unique connections with the cosmos.

+ Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $300 per person is due upon reservation. Final Payment due 75 days before departure.

Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees

Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund.

Cancellation protection is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Payment of a per person waiver fee guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit) except for the waiver fee itself, in case of cancellation of travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure.

Any name changes are subject to penalty.

A handling fee of $25 per change will be assessed for any change or revision made to a reservation.

If you have not purchased waivers, and you need to cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Cancellation Fees are as follows:

Six months prior to departure a non-refundable deposit will be retained.

For cancellation between 74-45 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 25% of total price. For cancellation between 44-15 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation after 14 days prior to departure: 100% of total price.

The Travel Protection Plan Fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure.

AstroTours reserves the right to cancel any reservation, and that person will be responsible for any cancellation fees that apply, if our CODE OF ETHICS for the Astrotouring community are not upheld and adhered to.


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