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





We are happy to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference, our 45th, will be held June 1–4, 2018, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Grand Junction is located in a beautiful valley in western Colorado. The venue will be at the DoubleTree Hotel, less than a mile from the airport. The facility provides a perfect lay-out for our conference. Return to this page for updates on how to register and to book your room.

Grand Junction is located at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. It offers a contrasting landscape, where the Rockies and the "vibrant" Grand Mesa lead to the stark red rock high desert of Colorado National Monument. The area is separated by the two majestic rivers and a fertile valley, filled with peach orchards and Colorado's wine country. "Art on the Corner" is a year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit displayed in Downtown Grand Junction and is one of the first of its kind in the country, featuring more than 100 sculptures. The Downtown (just 3-4 miles from the DoubleTree) also features numerous great restaurants, many with outdoor dining.

The area has lots to offer in the way of rock art and archaeology. There are a variety of sites throughout the area dating from the Archaic through the Formative, and into protohistoric and historic Ute. Unique expressions of Uncompaghre and Gateway tradition are close by (within an hour's drive). Shavano Valley exemplifies early Ute, and Eagle Rock shelter has been dated to 12,600 B.P. With Grand Junction, just 20 interstate miles from Utah, there is the opportunity to readily access an abundance of rock art in the Moab/Green River (1–1½ hours) areas as well; Sego Canyon is a "must-see" site with the juxtaposition of Archaic, Fremont, and Ute. To the north, Canon Pintado, cited by the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776, offers an array of easy-to-reach sites along the highway. For those with the time and interest, Vernal (McConkie Ranch and McKee Springs among many) and Price (Nine Mile Canyon), Utah, provide a vast opportunity to view world-class rock art as well. Trips will be offered that will meet the needs of a variety of levels of abilities of the attendees.

The local team will be led by Doug Van Etten, who recently organized the very successful Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) state meeting in Grand Junction, and consists of a many local folks who are delighted to be involved with our conference, and bring with them fantastic ideas and much energy.

The team is already busy working on the field trips, and may include a couple of two-day trips at the end of the conference.

Start planning for ARARA 2018 now, and be sure to leave a few days on either end of the conference to explore the surrounding areas, which include 1.2 million acres of public land.

Call for Papers

Start planning your presentation for ARARA 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2018. Information and the online form for electronic submission of your abstract are available now at our Call for Papers link. If you need an early decision for funding purposes or travel permission, contact Program Chair Anne Stoll (address below) as soon as possible.

Contact Information:

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