OSHR 1808 - Geologic Field Excursion - Big Thompson Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This one-day field excursion is designed to examine and discuss geologically old, Precambrian rocks; geologically young, glacial features; and recent alluvial fan and river deposits in the Big Thompson Canyon and in Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Bring your Rocky Mountain National Park annual pass or Golden Age Passport if you have one.
  • Bring rain gear, layers, camera, binoculars, water, snacks, and a lunch.
  • Wear hiking boots for short walks from the bus.
  • We will travel to the Alpine Visitors Center at the top of Trail Ridge Road (11,796 ft. elevation), so if high elevation is a problem, this excursion is not for you.
  • The field excursion is for non-geologists who have a basic understanding of geologic processes and rocks from a geology course or from personal reading and study.

Readings: Raup, Omer B., Geology Along Trail Ridge Road: A Self Guided Tour for Motorists (2005 edition). ISBN: 10: 0930487508 or 13: 978-0930487508.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.