Rocky Mountain Section

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Bridal Veil Falls cascades in mid-day.
Bridal Veil Falls is just a short trip up Provo Canyon. Photo credit: Mike Scalora, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Early registration deadline: 6 April

Cancellation deadline: 13 April

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For further information or if you need special accommodations, please contact the general chair, Daniel Horns,

About Provo

The 2020 meeting of the GSA Rocky Mountain Section will be hosted by the Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University and held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in downtown Provo, Utah, USA. Provo Center Street, site of the Convention Center, is a pedestrian-friendly, four-block cluster of restaurants, shops, and bars.

Provo is less than an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport and has been ranked by Outside magazine as one of the best places to live in the United States. Downtown Provo is just a couple miles from the nearest Wasatch Range trailheads at Slate Canyon and Rock Canyon, and less than a 25-minute drive from the spectacular Sundance Mountain Resort. Provo is about 45 miles from the historic mining town of Park City and the high alpine resorts of Snowbird and Alta. You can combine your visit to the 2020 Rocky Mountain meeting with a spectacular vacation by setting out on a road trip to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks (just over three hours away), Zion National Park (about four hours), or Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (about five hours).


Hotel registration deadline: 13 April

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601, USA, located in the heart of vibrant Provo, Utah. The meeting rate is US$134 per night plus tax. The hotel offers many amenities (restaurants, bar, pool, Wi-Fi), and the Convention Center is just steps away. Reservations can be made by calling +1-800-228-9290, or register online here. Please be sure to identify yourself with the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section to ensure you receive the contracted rate. Complimentary parking is available on-site at the hotel.

Guest sitting area in the Provo Marriot Hotel & Conference Center
Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, Utah, 84601

Utah Valley Geology

The meeting will be held in one of the most geologically diverse sites in America: Utah Valley.

Utah Valley is the easternmost basin of the Basin and Range, and is just a few miles from the physiographic “triple junction” between the Basin and Range, Rocky Mountain, and Colorado Plateau provinces. The convention center is two miles from the base of the actively growing, fault-bounded Wasatch Range. Bedrock in the Wasatch Range includes Precambrian tillites, Mississippian marine sediments, and Tertiary intrusives and ore bodies. The range contains structures associated with the Sevier and Laramide orogenies.

Quaternary geology in and near Utah Valley includes shoreline features associated with Pleistocene Lake Bonneville (e.g., wave-cut platforms, shoreline spits, Gilbert deltas) and alpine glacial morphologic features (e.g., cirques, aretes, and moraines). There are well-preserved scarps of the late Holocene Wasatch fault, complete with slickensided limestone, and active creeping landslides along the base of the Wasatch Range.


The meeting location is the Utah Valley Convention Center, which was significantly upgraded in 2018. The Provo Marriott Hotel is just across the street. Field trips will depart from the parking lot on the northwest side of the convention center.


The Utah Valley Convention Center is just east of I-15, 50 miles south of Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport.

For those flying in who prefer to not rent a car, the site is accessible from the airport by a combination of two trains and one bus (704 train line to the 750 train line to the UVX bus—check for schedules. UVX may not run on Sundays). For those staying at the Provo Marriott, parking at the hotel is free. There is also free parking at the Utah Valley Convention Center (41 spaces) and at a lot two blocks north of the convention center on Freedom Blvd. (400 spaces).

Eating and Drinking

There are more than 50 restaurants within seven blocks of the convention center, ten of which serve wine and beer (see online map of downtown Provo dining guide).

These include delis and burger joints as well as restaurants that focus on fine American dining and food from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Japan. Seven miles from downtown Provo is Strap Tank Brewery, Utah Valley’s only brew pub.


In early May, average daily high and low temperatures in Provo are 70°F (21°C) and 44°F (7°C).

On average, there is rain in Provo about one out of every five days in May, and the city receives an average of 1.7 inches (44 mm) for the whole month. There is typically still snow in the high mountains near Provo in early May. Storms dropping a few inches (several centimeters) of snow in Provo and up to about a foot in the mountains are not uncommon that time of year. Visitors are encouraged to check forecasts ahead of time and prepare for dealing with snow if cold storms are forecast of if they plan to go to the mountains.



Meeting General Chair:
Daniel Horns,

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Nathan Toké, ;
Michael Bunds, ;
Daren Nelson,

Field Trip Co-Chairs:
Michael Stearns, ;
Patricia Garcia,

Student Volunteer Co-Chairs:
Justin White, ;
Patricia Garcia,

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Abstracts Due:
4 February

Early Registration Ends:
30 March

Hotel Deadline:
13 April