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FT-03 Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy of Paralic Deposits – an Applied Perspective: The Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Wednesday, 22 September Sunday, 26 September 2021, 12:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  |  Grand Junction, Colorado

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, Engineers, Petrophysicists, Geophysicists who are interested in understanding and predicting reservoir architecture at scales ranging from regional basin-scale to more localized settings.

Course Content

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah are among the most spectacular outcrops of marginal marine strata anywhere in the world. Gentle structural dips and desert-like environments allow for the correlation of stratal units across miles of superb exposure. The Book Cliffs have served as a field analog and laboratory for siliciclastic alluvial and marginal marine systems as well as sequence stratigraphic concepts.

These superb exposures of the Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation and associated units are used to demonstrate regional-scale, field-scale, and reservoir-scale stratigraphic relationships and their application to subsurface studies. Detailed facies analysis is used to introduce concepts of parasequence stacking patterns and sequence boundaries that can be used to predict reservoir occurrence. These predictions can be tested by observing larger-scale outcrop exposures.

During this field trip we will make use of field analogs, subsurface correlation exercises and core photographs to link outcrop observations to practical subsurface applications.

Itinerary Roster

Wednesday Sept 22

Group will depart Denver at 12:30 pm and drive to Grand Junction, CO. Approximate trip time is 4.5 hours. Check in to hotel – group dinner with field trip overview and safety discussion. Hotel – Residence Inn by Marriott, Grand Junction, CO.

Thursday Sept 23

Group breakfast in hotel with overview discussion. Depart for Price, Utah, approximate travel time is 3 hours. 2 overview field stops along the way near Fruita and Thompson. Lunch in Green River, UT. Afternoon field stops in Gentile Wash and Hardscrabble Canyon. Hotel – Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Price, UT.

Friday Sept 24

Continental breakfast at hotel. Field stops at Highway 191 Roadcut, Panther Overlook, and Gentile Wash. Lunch in Spring Canyon. Afternoon field stops in Spring Canyon and at the Helper Water Tower. Drive to Green River, UT. Approximate trip time 1.5 hours. Field Stop at Bluecastle Butte. Hotel – First Choice Inns, Green River, UT.

Saturday Sept 25

Continental breakfast at hotel. Morning field stops at Hatch Mesa, Tusher Canyon Overlook, Tusher Canyon. Lunch in Tusher Canyon. Afternoon field stops at Thompson Canyon. Hotel – First Choice Inns, Green River, UT.

Sunday Sept 26

Continental breakfast at hotel. Morning field stop at Nash Wash. Lunch in Nash Wash. Afternoon drive to Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Ctr., Denver, CO. Approximate trip time 6 hours. Possible overlook stop into Coal Canyon depending on time available. Trip ends at Denver Convention Ctr. Plan to arrive in Denver at 1830 hrs.

NOTE: No hotel reservations are made for the evening of Sunday 9/26.


$2000 per person
20 People
Minimum 8 People
Local trip transportation
Four hotel nights - Sept. 22-25
Group dinner - Wednesday 22 September
Group breakfast - Thursday 23 September
Lunches and refreshments in the field
Field-trip guidebook

Note:Temperatures can range from 60F (16C) to 95+F (35C). Moderate hiking involved.


FT-03 Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy of Paralic Deposits – an Applied Perspective:  The Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah
Residence Inn - Marriott
767 Horizon Dr.
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
United States


Joseph Michael Boyles Joseph Boyles 2021-2021 Shell, USA
Keith William Shanley, PhD Keith Shanley 2021-2021 Oxy Petroluem, Occidental Petroleum, USA