The Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is honored to host the 86th Annual Meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society on October 8-10, 2021 at Holiday Inn in Montrose.

This year’s conference will be held in-person with options for virtual participation.


This year's conference will feature:

  • Discounted access to local museums (Montrose County Historical MuseumMuseum of the WestUte Indian Museum),
  • Silent Auction, benefiting the Alice Hamilton Scholarship Fund,
  • Conference presentations and poster session,
  • Keynote address by R. E. Burrillo, "Bears Ears: 120 Years of Conservation History", 
  • Banquet by Mountain Rose Deli/Catering,
  • Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Membership Meeting, and
  • Colorado Archaeological Society Board of Directors Meeting.



Stay tuned to the CAS website for updates and registration information!


Email with any questions or issues in registering for the conference!


Directly support the Chipeta chapter or the Alice Hamilton Scholarship fund by donating today



Conference Rates

Take advantage of early bird pricing and register before September 15. For each registration, $5 will be donated to the Alice Hamilton Scholarship Fund. 

  CAS/CCPA Member Registration Non-Member Registration Student Registration Virtual Registration
By Sept 30 $55 $60 $30 $30
After Sept 30 $65 $70 $30 $30


Banquet + Keynote Address $30
Discounted Museum Pass $15



Meeting activites will be held at:

Holiday Inn Express

1391 S. Townsend Ave,

Montrose, CO 81401


Attendees are encouraged to book lodging through Holiday Inn with the CAS group rate for $100/room. Phone: 970-240-1800

Alternative lodging can be booked through Country Lodge for $105-$120/room at 1624 E. Main Street, Montrose. Phone: 970-249-4567


Field Trips


Conference attendees can sign up to attend a field trip on Sunday, October 10. There are no additional fees for field trips. Field trip attendees must arrange their own transportation to and from the conference and trip location.

To sign up for a field trip, fill out and email a copy of the signup form to by September 15th. Late sign ups will be accepted at the conference registration table. 




2021 Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

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  • October 8 - 10, 2021
  • 1391 S Townsend Ave
    Montrose, Colorado
    United States

Field Trips

Shavano Valley Rock Art Site

October 10, 2021  08:00 - 11:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:50

Self-paced, starting at 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Duration 1.5-2 hours.

Difficulty level 2 (1/4 to 1 mile walk on trails, some steep, rough)

Site docents will be experienced Chipeta Chapter or Ute Museum site interpreters.

The Shavano Valley Rock Art Site located west of Montrose has been at the center of western
Colorado rock art research since 1907, helping to define rock art traditions and styles and to interpret
cultural continuity and change. More than 37 rock art panels have been pecked or incised into vertical
sandstone cliffs and detached boulder faces. Two distinct pecking styles are evident at the site-deep pecking and shallow pecking. Bear paw prints are probably the most distinctive rock art motif in the region and they appear on many of the panels. The principal panel at the site includes three bears climbing trees, which some feel represent the Ute Bear Dance legend. Another panel has hand prints, animal and bird tracks, linear motifs, and a possible atlatl clustered around what appears to be a bow and arrow. This field trip will have 3 docents at appointed spots along an uneven foot trail. The hike is short but with cactus and uneven terrain.