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Trip fees include transportation during the trip (unless otherwise noted); other services, such as meals and lodging, are noted with each trip (see key).

The national parks of the western United States provide a unique and safe opportunity to explore some of the world's most famous and best exposed geological regions on the Colorado Plateau and the central Basin-and-Range Province (Death Valley, Grand Canyon, etc.). The geological goals are to understand the basic sedimentological, structural, and geomorphological architecture of the Colorado Plateau, and to examine the deformational and erosional overprint, as well as local cultural and environmental highlights of the Basin-and-Range Province.

The trip will start at Frenchman mountain, Hoover Dam, then swing eastward to Grand Canyon, Sunset Craters, Wupatki.

From there the route heads westward into the Basin and Range Province via Death Valley.

At the end of the trip, participants may fly or drive to the GSA meeting in Denver.

Participants are expected to help with camping logistics, such as cooking and setting up camps.

This trip is open to anyone but there is priority to international students.

If the minimum is not met by then the trip could be canceled.

Primary leader: Anke Friedrich I have a background in regional structural field geology, and have spent extensive amounts of field work in Utah, Nevada, southern California, and northern Arizona between 19.

My MSc thesis consisted of structural mapping of the Sevier thrust belt with extensional overprint in the southern Wah Wah Mountains, Utah (40 square kilometers, 6 months).

As a graduate student, I also participated as a teaching assistant in three six-week-long geological field camps run by the University of Utah (with John Bartley; 1990–1993) in western Utah and the Colorado Plateau, and three additional four-week-long MIT-field camps (with Clark Burchfiel, 1994–1998) conducted mostly in the vicinity of Death Valley.

As a postdoc at Caltech, I spent nine months in the Basin-and-Range Province to install the GPS stations related to the BARGEN network, and another 12-field months in north-central Nevada on Quaternary geology, tectonic geomorphology, and paleoseismology of active faults.