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Mountaineer and Tenderfoot Site field trip near Gunnison
Mountaineer Site field trip near Gunnison Tenderfoot and Mountaineer Sites guided by Dr. Mark Stiger ( The Mountaineer Site resides high above Gunnison on Tenderfoot Mountain (W Mountain) at an elevation of 8600 feet above sea level. Both sites were discovered by Dr. Mark Stiger, who teaches anthropology and archaeology at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He discovered Mountaineer site in 2001, and the Tenderfoot site at base of the mountain in 1994. We are honored to have him as our guide again this year. We will also see his students at work on location, and may get to see what they have found for the day. Excavations at the Mountaineer have yielded an unusual assemblage of Folsom artifacts and features, including prehistoric structures. The stone assemblage from this excavation is composed of well over 35,478 pieces, some dating back 12,000 years. The tools are typical Folsom style, but, like the debitage, they are mainly of local material. Faunal material shows some processing of large mammals, including bison. The findings at Mountaineer evince additional variability in early Paleoindian adaptations beyond that ascribed by the familiar model of Folsom settlement. It will be necessary to leave City Market/ Orchard Mesa no later than 7:15 ( be on time in Gunnison. If time allows we will go to another site after lunch (for those that want to), so bring hiking boots, walking sticks, water, and hat if you want an afternoon hike. Will be approximately 1.5 miles total, up one canyon and back down another. We will be traversing the side of the canyons. Once in Gunnison we will meet at Savage Library parking lot at 9:45 and university vans will take us up to the sites. This will be easy short walks on relatively level ground. Trip will take about 2.5 hours. Bring your lunch with you. Come 15 minutes early and turn into Elk Creek Visitor Center at Blue Mesa Reservoir, mile marker 142 on Hwy 50 (restroom), and look at the large carved stone in courtyard at bottom of stairs. The information board next to it tells story of this, and 11 more stones found together near Elk Creek. We will talk about it later. Directions: Coming from Montrose, travel east through Gunnison on Hwy 50 to McDonalds, Turn Left on Adam St for 2 blocks, Right on Georgia Ave. Follow it around the corner as it turns into Escalante Dr and heads up hill approx 2 blocks. Turn left into large parking lot on east side of library. You must be a member, in good standing, with the Colorado Archaeological Society to participate in this trip. Good standing in this case includes current on your dues. You MAY ONLY RSVP for YOURSELF, no +1 so we can keep an accurate count of the number of RSVPs. No Pets Membership Application Here ( You can also go to the website then follow the links to Renew your dues or to Join. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or questions contact Joe Oglesby ( [masked] Additional Info, FYI Dr. Stiger is the author of 'Hunter-Gatherer Archeology of the Colorado High Country' (

City Market- Orchard Mesa

2770 Highway 50 · Grand Junction, CO

Respond by: 6/26/2018

What we're about

Welcome to the meetup page/ calendar for the Grand Junction chapter ( of the 80+ year old Colorado Archaeological Society. This site we use mostly for the calendar function. To learn more about our chapter &/or to become a dues-paying member please visit .

We are one of 11 local chapters of the Colorado Archaeological Society (

Our location in western Colorado, just minutes from the Utah state line, puts us in the center of a 13,000-year-old American Indian habitation 'dig' site, rock art and ruins of many ages, history, culture and remnants of the old west, many phases of mining from silver and gold to uranium.

Along with all this to see, study and help preserve, we have access to private company, government and academic archaeologists to give monthly presentations. Among our members, many have the desire to share what they know in the form of frequent field trips.

With a past president of our chapter working as a librarian, it might be easy to guess that we have a Book Club. This is an informal group that meets most months at a downtown bookstore to discuss a book of arcaeological signifigance. We have occasionally been able to have the author join us for the book discussion.

You need to be a dues-paying member of our chapter to participate in field trips. Click this link ( reach our membership page where you can join online or print a membership form and join that way.

We look forward to seeing you soon at a meeting, book club or a field trip.

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