Annual Fall Field Conference
2016: Geology of the Belen Area,
September 14th - 17th

Every fall since 1950, the Society has held a field conference to some part of New Mexico and, in some cases, to border states. From the beginning, the conference has been accompanied by a guidebook with detailed road logs as well as peer-reviewed papers relevant to the region. These guidebooks remain as invaluable references to the geology of the conference study area and most are available for purchase.

Widespread enthusiasm for the Fall Field Conferences has led to receipt of many proposals for future conferences. Therefore, the schedule of upcoming field conferences is now outlined for the next several years. The field conference venues and names of organizers are listed below. All members are encouraged to volunteer assistance to the organizers or to contribute to the guidebooks. If you live near or are involved with the geology in the vicinity of the future conference sites, please consider contacting one of the organizers.

2016 Conference: Belen Area

Call For Papers (PDF version)


The 2016 NMGS Fall Field Conference will travel around the Belen area in central New Mexico. The pre-conference field trip will visit the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Day 1 will focus on the east side of the Rio Grande with stops at Black Butte, Sais Quarry, and Estadio Canyon. Day 2 will be spent on the west side investigating the geology of Carrizo Arroyo and hydrology of Rios Puerco and San Jose. Day 3 will conclude the conference in the travertine quarry west of Belen. Highlights of this conference will include discussions of Precambrian tectonism, Laramide orogeny, Cenozoic stratigraphy and volcanics, industrial minerals, and paleo and modern hydrology.

Draft titles for minipapers and technical papers for the 2016 guidebook are due December 1, 2015, to co-organizers Shannon Williams (Amec Foster Wheeler), Bonnie Frey (NM Bureau of Geology), or Phil Miller (NM Bureau of Geology). Peer-reviewed technical papers are due February 15, 2016. Author instructions and reviewer forms are available at: We hope to include manuscripts covering all aspects of geology in and around the Belen area.


Shannon Williams,, 505-440-5306
Bonnie Frey,, 575-835-5160
Phil Miller,, 575-835-5487

Future Conferences:

2017: TBA

If you have an idea for a future field conference, please contact the President of the NMGS.

Photos From Past Fall Field Conferences

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