Road Trip

An exclusive feature of PATA 2016, the Road Trip is a 6-day, 2000 km loop led by Jim McCalpin to visit famous historic surface ruptures and earthquake-induced landslides of the “Wild West” of Utah-Idaho-Wyoming, as well as cultural features. En-route lectures by local experts. Attendance limited to ~15, first come-first served.

Route map of the PATA Road Trip.

Route map of the PATA Road Trip.

DAY 0:

DAY 0: 23 May, Monday: attendees arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah, airport; night at any hotel of your choice, but we recommend the venue of the Welcome Party; Ramada Salt Lake City Airport Hotel, 5575 W. Amelia Earhart Drive, Salt Lake City,  UT  84116; Phone: 1-801-537-7020; hotel website: http://www.ramadaslcairport.com/. This hotel has a free airport shuttle. The Welcome Party starts at 7 pm at Amelias Grill & Bar, in the Ramada hotel.

DAY 1:

24 May, Tuesday: Wasatch fault scarps (and maybe an open trench), northern 3 segments; Hansel Valley rupture (1934); night in Pocatello, ID

Scarps of the Wasatch Fault (yellow arrows) cutting the south lateral moraine of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City.

Scarps of the Wasatch Fault (yellow arrows) cutting the south lateral moraine of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City.

Site of surface rupture during the largest historic earthquake in Utah, the 1934 M6.6 Hansel Valley event.

Site of surface rupture during the largest historic earthquake in Utah, the 1934 M6.6 Hansel Valley event.

DAY 2:

25 May, Wednesday: Craters of the Moon national Monument; Borah Peak scarp (1983); volcanic paleoseismology of Snake River Plain, the Yellowstone mantle plume, and the parabolic zone (”bow wave”) of Neogene block faulting; night in Idaho Falls

Scarp of the 1983 M6.9 Borah Peak, Idaho earthquake at Doublesprings Pass Road, 32 years after the event.

Scarp of the 1983 M6.9 Borah Peak, Idaho earthquake at Doublesprings Pass Road, 32 years after the event.

DAY 3:

26 May, Thursday: Bear World wildlife park; Madison Canyon landslide, Earthquake Lake, and Hebgen Lake surface ruptures (all 1959); night in West Yellowstone

Cubs wrestling at Yellowstone Bear World, Rexburg, Idaho.

Cubs wrestling at Yellowstone Bear World, Rexburg, Idaho.

Madison Canyon Landslide triggered by the 1959 M7.3 Hebgen Lake, Montana earthquake.

Madison Canyon Landslide triggered by the 1959 M7.3 Hebgen Lake, Montana earthquake.

Earthquake Lake, the lake formed behind the landslide dam created by the Madison Canyon Landslide.

Earthquake Lake, the lake formed behind the landslide dam created by the Madison Canyon Landslide.

A herd of bison mixes with visitors in front of Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park.

A herd of bison mixes with visitors in front of Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park.

DAY 4:

27 May, Friday: enter Yellowstone National Park; Old Faithful geyser and Inn (largest log building in world); Yellowstone lake tilted shorelines; Grand Teton National Park; night at Teton Science Center, Jackson, Wyoming

41 Tetons Cabin 720

The Tetons from Jackson Hole

Teton Science School, Kelly, Wyoming.

Teton Science School, Kelly, Wyoming.

DAY 5:

28 May, Saturday: Quaternary geology of Jackson Hole (playground of the rich and famous) and the Teton Fault, scarps up to 40 m high; landslide dam of 1923; downtown Pub Crawl; 2nd night at Teton Science Center.

Sunset over the Snake River and Teton Range, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Sunset over the Snake River and Teton Range, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

DAY 6:

29 May, Sunday: drive from Jackson to Denver, across the Mountains & Plains of Wyoming; arrive at Best Western Plus Airport Hotel  by 7 pm for Icebreaker for 7th PATA Days (at Sporting News Grill in Holiday Inn).