Ventures Trips

Explore the Colorado Plateau with expert guides

Havasupai Falls
Grand Canyon hikes
Grand Canyon river trips
Petrified Forest day trips
Verde River day trips

Follow the footprints of ancestors or dinosaurs. Learn to read the rock layers or ride the waters that wind between deep canyon walls.

IHiking Escalantemmerse yourself in the nature, culture, and history of the Colorado Plateau’s people and places on a guided trip led by one of MNA’s experts, who are also scientists, writers, artists, and cultural consultants. Museum Ventures Trips range from day trips to hidden treasures like Grand Falls or Red Mountain to multi-day rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. Each trip provides a quality educational experience for anyone who wants to better understand the region by exploring it with an expert. Our guides are knowledgeable in their field and enthusiastic to share their love of the region. Most importantly, they make complex concepts fascinating and easy to comprehend.

We keep groups small and all trips take precautions to enhance safety and physical distancing because of Covid-19. For day trips, this often means participants drive themselves to the trailhead.

From day trips to week-long adventures, and easy walks to strenuous hikes, there are Ventures Trips suitable for most people. Be sure to check the description for each trip to decide which is best for you and then contact us with your questions. Email or call 928-774-5211, ext. 219.

Registration is required and early reservations are advised because trips fill quickly. Read our policies here.

We can also arrange custom tours up to 12 people, offering unparalleled educational opportunities for all kinds of groups. Possible trips include guided day tours to Petrified Forest, Red Mountain, Slate Mountain, and Sunset Crater or multiday expeditions to Escalante, Canyon de Chelly, Vermillion Cliffs, or many other locations. To arrange a custom trip, email or call 928-774-5211, ext. 219.

Planning for 2022 Ventures trips is currently underway. Please email to request to be notified when the 2022 Ventures schedule is available.


Petrified woodPetrified Forest Day Trip

Dates: October 30, 2021
Trip Leader: Dr. Kent Colbath
Cost: $75 Member/$95 Non-Member
*Park admission fee not included. An additional $25 per vehicle is required if you do not have a national park pass.

Details & Itinerary:
The Petrified Forest is one of the most evocative destinations in Northern Arizona for bringing to life the ancient geologic past. In addition to the huge petrified logs found throughout the park, the fossils of hundreds of other species of animals and plants have been recovered by paleontologists working in the area for over a century. This provides an unparalleled view of the landscape and the creatures that inhabited ancient Arizona from 210 to 225 million years ago.

For this year’s trip guests will provide their own transportation*. We will meet in the parking lot at the Visitor Center at the north end of the park at 10 AM. We will traverse the park from north to south during the day, and will make four stops during our traverse, including Hozho Point, the Crystal Forest Trail and the Rainbow Forest Museum. The morning will feature a guided hike led by park paleontologist Dr. Adam Marsh to an important vertebrate fossil locality outside of the developed trail system. This hike is less than two miles long, but there are a few steep patches. Hiking poles are recommended. Hats, jackets, sun block and water are a must.

For more information, please contact the Membership and Development office at 928-774-5213 ext 219 or email

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