Welcome to Grand Junction and the Western Slope!

Founded in 1882 at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, Grand Junction is at the heart of Western Slope culture and tradition. In a fertile valley bordering both mountains and desert, early settlers exploited opportunities in agriculture (fruit orchards and livestock), hard rock mining and rail transportation. Later inhabitants endured booms and busts in uranium and oil shale to find prosperity through oil and gas extraction. More recently, fruit growers are replacing their orchards with vineyards turning the Grand Junction – Palisade region into the center of Colorado wine production. Our 2020 meeting backs up to the 2020 Colorado Mountain Winefest (September 17-20th). Come for the geology, stay for the festival!

Grand Junction is in the ideal location for a Section meeting; easy to reach and packed with attractions. Participants can travel to the meeting from Denver or Salt Lake City by car (I-70) or rail (Amtrak), or fly into the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Once there use the Grand Valley Transit system to commute. The Two Rivers Convention Center is downtown in a pedestrian-friendly area packed with hotels, restaurants and art galleries. The vast public lands surrounding Grand Junction have become a mecca for mountain bikers. Or enjoy hiking, river rafting, fishing and vineyard tours.

This meeting is co-hosted by two Western Slope organizations; the Grand Junction Geological Society and the Four Corners Geological Society. Although the meeting will cover topics of interest for the entire Rocky Mountain Section there is a distinct focus on the Western Slope. Proposed field trips to the Piceance, Uinta, Paradox and San Juan Basins will cover depositional setting, structural deformation and petroleum systems from the Paleozoic to the Tertiary. (Because of AAPG’s new convention schedule there will not be another chance to take a fieldtrip to these locations until 2024!). Core poster sessions will highlight rarely viewed core from the Cretaceous Mancos/Western Niobrara Shale, the Pennsylvanian Cane Creek Shale and the carbonate facies of Aneth field. Technical sessions include Cretaceous reservoir and shale plays in Rocky Mountain Basins, the Pennsylvanian system in the Paradox Basin, Eocene Green River lacustrine deposits, structure & tectonics, geochemistry and basin modelling. There will be a special session on energy minerals in honor of Bill Chenoweth. Social events will give attendees opportunities to relax and network. We invite you to come to Grand Junction and enjoy a meeting packed with new ideas and new friendships.

Kim Miskell Gerhardt,
General Co-Chair, Four Corners Geological Society

Heidi Schoenstein,
General Co-Chair, Grand Junction Geological Society