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ARARA 2018 Conference
DoubleTree Hotel
Grand Junction, Colorado
June 1–4, 2018




Donna Gillette and Monica Wadsworth-Seibel, Conference Coordinators

Time to start making your plans to attend ARARA 2018 in Grand Junction, Colorado. The conference will be held at the Double Tree Inn, Grand Junction. The Double Tree is located just a short distance from the airport, and provides a facility that really meets our needs in every way. The conference will be held June 1–4, 2018. Rooms for two are $119, and include free parking and Internet along with refrigerators and microwaves in each room. Reservations for the event can be made by contacting the reservations department at 970-241-8888, or through the Hotel's central reservations number 800-222-8733. Be sure and identify yourselves by the Group name (ARARA) to receive our special group rate. Airlines serving the Grand Junction area are United Airlines, American, and Delta.

If you have not been to Grand Junction, attending this conference is a must—located in a beautiful valley at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Enjoy a dinner at one of Grand Junction's many outdoor restaurants, with their fabulous collection of outdoor art throughout the downtown area (3–4 miles from the venue). The valley is the location of numerous orchards and the Colorado wine country (plan a couple of extra days to explore!).

The Call for Papers is out—it is not necessary to be an ARARA member to present, but presenters whose papers are accepted must pre-register for the conference. Pre-registration for the conference will be available on the web in early 2018. The application deadline is March 1. Further information is available at our Call for Papers link. If you have further questions, they can be directed to Program Chair Anne Stoll at the e-mail link given below.

Local members of the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) are providing assistance with the conference, led by the local team leader Doug Van Etten, with Jim Liewer assisting the ARARA fieldtrip committee. Trips will include such sites as Canyon Pintado. Not only does it contain hundreds of archeological sites it was also on the route used by the Dominguez-Escalante expedition. We are also close to the Sego Canyon site, arguably the best rock art site in Utah with a combination of Ute, Fremont, and Barrier Canyon panels. Sign-ups again this year will be through the website, and will require registration for the conference before being able to sign up for specific field trips. Watch the ARARA web site for updates on the offered field trips. The conference will also feature workshops, guest speakers, and our fabulous vendor room.

ARARA is focusing on students, and is offering special assistance to those attending the conference. Student presenters (paper or poster) registered in a college/university-level program will receive up to $500 to defray travel and accommodation costs, in addition to complimentary registration for the conference and a banquet ticket. Students attending but not presenting will receive complimentary registration and a banquet ticket. Watch the ARARA website for a special student information section, coming soon.

We are still looking for a few volunteers for the conference committee, including help with the auction, field trips, and a couple of other areas. If you would like to join the planning group, please contact Conference Coordinators Donna Gillette or Monica Wadsworth-Seibel at the e-mail links given below.

Remember, ARARA is a volunteer organization—join the team!

See you in Grand Junction!


Contact Information:

Conference Coordinators:
     Donna Gillette
     Monica Wadsworth-Seibel or
Local Arrangements Team Leader: Doug Van Etten
Program Chair: Anne Stoll