Field Trips & Activities


​For ALL field-trip Participants:

  • Closed-toed shoes are required, hiking boots recommended.
  • You should bring a minimum of 1 liter of water and a snack.
  • You should bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • A compactable poncho or very light rain jacket is recommended.

!! Field Trip Registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis !!

The Santa Fe Impact Structure
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017; 1:30/3:00 pm depart Convention Center – 3:30/5:30 pm return

​Field trip leaders: Aaron Cavosie, Shawn Wright, Christian Koeberl, 
Horton Newsome, and Pedro Montalvo.

Dr. Aaron Cavosie will lead a field trip at 1:30 on Wednesday to view and discuss sites where detrital shocked minerals have been confirmed.  Dr. Cavosie will take field trip participants to several gullies (all dry, easy walking access) to view sediment collection sites, discuss how detrital shocked mineral studies are conducted, and to visit nearby outcrops to search for evidence of shocked bedrock.  A field guide will be provided. Also see more, here . This 1:30 PM field trip is different than the Sunday workshop field trips and the later (3:00 PM) field trip on that same Wednesday, July 26th.

Due to popular demand, we have added a 2nd field trip on Wednesday, July 26th at 3:00 PM.  The field trip leaders include Santa Fe researchers Pedro Montalvo (PhD student, University of Puerto Rico) and Dr. Horton Newsom (University of New Mexico).  Wright and then Cavosie will then join this 2nd field trip for the 1st or 2nd stop (shatter cones and fault breccias) as Field Trip #1 is ending at ~3:30 PM.  This 2nd field trip is nearly identical to the Sunday workshop field trips, but different from the Wednesday Field Trip #1 starting at 1:30 PM.

Email the workshop conveners (both at [email protected] or [email protected]  or [email protected] ) for more information.

Costs: $US 36. Costs include all transportation, a colored field-trip guide book, 1 liter water per person. 

Participation will be capped. We expect this trip to be full and encourage early registration.    

Santa Fe Shattercone Outcrop

    Santa Fe Shattercone Outcrop


Breccia Tower

Breccia Tower

Meteor Crater & Northern Arizona
Saturday, July 29 - Monday 31, 2017; 7:30 am leave Convention Center – 9:00 pm return

​Field trip leader: David Kring

This field trip will examine geologic features at the Petrified Forest, the Barringer Meteorite Crater (a.k.a. Meteor Crater), Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument (a young basaltic cinder cone and lava flow), and the Grand Canyon National Park. In addition, there will be a cultural stop at Walnut Canyon National Monument to examine ancient cliff dwellings, and a second cultural stop at Wupatki National Monument to examine an ancient pueblo and ball court. The field trip will occur immediately after the meeting and occupy 3 days.

We will depart from and return to the Santa Fe Convention Center via bus. Hotels in Flagstaff are arranged. We have rooms in the local Drury Hotel, which also includes full breakfast. We will have to have a few double occupancy rooms (two bedrooms), and we'll also have one 4-person suite (two beds) available. We have plenty of rooms for people to have their own room, but there will have to be a few rooms with double occupancy. So, please talk to your collegues and friends about this--we did this in order to keep the accommodation costs down. This is a high-tourist season and destination, and we want to keep the costs for this trip reasonable.

Hiking conditions will be strenuous at some locations and aggravated by high elevations. A 1-mile hike is planned for Walnut Canyon, which involves a steep, 185-foot (56 m) descent and ascent at an elevation of 7000 feet (2134 m). The path is paved, but not accessible to wheelchairs. This hike will be followed by excursions at the Barringer Meteorite Crater. A long excursion will descend about 600 feet (183 m) to the crater floor and examine impact breccias along the crater wall, before returning to the crater rim to examine the overturned rim sequence and impact ejecta. The elevation at the crater is over 1 mile high (1600 m), so this is usually a very taxing hike for visitors from lower elevations.

Average daytime temperatures on the crater rim hover around 90°F (32°C) in July, but can exceed 100°F (38°C). Temperatures inside the crater will be hotter than those on the crater rim. Well-groomed trails do not exist. This will be a rugged hike. Because conditions for this hike will be so strenuous, a second excursion will be offered. Details of this second excursion are still being designed, but participants may hike about ~1/3 of the way around the crater rim to examine crater rim uplift, the overturned rim sequence, and impact ejecta. Most of the important geological features of the crater exist in the crater rim, so this will be a very good option for those unable to hike the crater walls in the longer excursion. For those unable to hike the crater walls or crater rim, all of the normal publicly-accessible viewing locations along the north rim of the crater will be open to them.

The crater museum and gift shop will be accessible to all participants. Sample collecting will be prohibited at the crater (and at all other cultural and geologic locations on this field trip).
Arizona Crater
Arizona Crater - A Strenuous Hike

The excursion that descends the crater wall to reach the crater floor and return to the crater rim will be strenuous

Closed-toed shoes are required for both hiking excursions; hiking boots are recommended. Participants should bring a minimum of 1 liter of water and a snack. If we have sunny conditions, participants will probably want a hat and need sunscreen. It is possible, however, for there to be thunderstorms at the crater in July, so a poncho or very light rain jacket might be useful. Do not pack an umbrella; wind conditions will likely make it useless and lightning can be a serious problem at the crater. Participants should probably have a small backpack to carry supplies so that their hands are free during the hikes, particularly those climbing down the crater walls. All participants will need to sign a liability waiver. Field trip leaders reserve the right to direct participants to one of the less strenuous options.

The remainder of the trip will be spent in the Flagstaff area and on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Both have an elevation of ~7000 feet (2134 m). Average low and high temperatures in Flagstaff are 50°F (10°C) and 82°F (28°C) in July, with maxima of 95°F (35°C). Similar average low and high temperatures occur at the Grand Canyon.

Walking conditions at Sunset Crater National Monument and Wupatki National Monument are fairly comfortable. At the Grand Canyon, a short hike is planned for those interested. This hike will follow a major trail through the upper Grand Canyon sequence, which is the same stratigraphic sequence seen in the walls of Barringer Meteorite Crater. Approximately 2 hours will be set aside at Grand Canyon Village so that participants can tour gift shops and other venues at their own pace. Sunglasses, cameras, sunscreen and more sunscreen are recommended for this trip.

Cost: $US 600 for single occupancy hotel room (limited), $US 470 with double occupancy hotel room (limited), $US 420 with 4-person occupancy hotel suite (limited; only one available). You might have to be paired with a colleague to share a room. We tried to keep the total costs down, and thought that sharing a room for a couple of nights will be OK with participants.

Costs include all transportation, two nights hotel (Drury Hotel, incl. breakfast), all National Park/Monument entrance fees, a colored field trip guide, two packed lunch boxes, lunch at the La Posada restaurant in Winslow, AZ, dinner at the El Tovar Lodge at the Grand Canyon South Rim, 2 liters water per person per day. You will be responsible for dinner in Flagstaff on the first evening.

Participation will be capped. We expect this trip to be full and encourage early registration.

Rio Puerco Volcanic Field
Saturday, July 29, 2017; 8:30 am leave Convention Center – 5:00 pm return

Trip Leader:  Larry Crumpler, Jayne Aubele

Roots of Volcanoes, Mantle Nodules, Marine Sediments, and Western Rio Grande Rift

This will be a day trip south from Santa Fe and westward from Bernalillo & the Rio Grande rift to examine some of the regional geology at several scenic and outcrop stops. The destination will be the Rio Puerco Valley volcanic necks where we will have a chance to collect dunite and pyroxenite nodules, see the internal structure of small volcanoes, examine Cretaceous near-shore marine sediments, and see classic Southwestern mesa scenery.
Costs: $US 50. Costs include all transportation, a packed lunch box, and 1.5 liters water per person.

Participation will be capped. We expect this trip to be full and encourage early registration.​​
Rio Grande Rift
Dunite & Pyroxenite Nodules

Meteorite Hunting in the Glorieta Mountain Strewnfield
Saturday, July 29, 2017; 9:00 am leave Convention Center – 5:00 return

Trip Leader:  Robert Ward.
World-renowned meteorite hunter, Robert Ward, will take a small group of people, along with several metal detectors, to the Glorieta Mountain meteorite strewnfield just outside Santa Fe.
Costs: $US 50. Costs include all transportation, a packed lunch box, and 1.5 liters water per person.

Participation will be capped. We expect this trip to be full and encourage early registration.