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Greetings from Big Sky Country!

I am excited about having the Montana Geological Society host the 2017 Rocky Mountain Section meeting in my favorite little big town, Billings, Montana. It’s been eleven years since the MGS hosted a section meeting and this time we’ve decided to change things up a bit. For the first time in many years the meeting will be held downtown, and as a result, it will be split between two of our newest and nicest hotels, the newly remodeled Double Tree by Hilton and the historic Northern Hotel. By holding the meeting in downtown Billings, participants will be within easy walking distance of some great shopping, restaurants and excellent craft breweries. Outside Magazine recently published an article titled “Why Billings, Montana is the Best Town Ever” and whereas I might be a bit biased, I have to agree. Not only is Billings a great place for a section meeting, it is also located near three of the country’s outstanding National Parks. So plan to come to the best section meeting ever in the “Best Town Ever;” bring the family and extend your stay by including a trip through one of our great National Parks.

The business side of the meeting will include field trips examining the stratigraphy and structure of the northern Rockies, short courses ranging from “frac” design and core analysis to geostatistics, coupled to a strong technical program. We are pleased to have Dr. Jacob Lowenstern, the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, as our keynote speaker for the All Convention lunch. At the end of the day you’ll be able to kick-back and enjoy some fun social events including a Sunday Icebreaker featuring Montana craft beers, an evening of great food and music at the historic Billings Depot, and a downtown “pub crawl” with transportation provided by the Billings Trolley Company. So pack your bags, grab your hiking boots and head up to Big Sky Country in June, where we’ll be sipping a few beers with old friends and new while “Brewing plays and tapping resources” ….

Robert A. Schalla
General Chairman
2017 Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

P. S. – If you are driving to Montana you might want to check out the geological road logs available at the MGS website (

Tap Into Billings

Billings, the Treasure State’s largest city, is located in the Yellowstone River valley and is surrounded by distinctive cliffs and rock formations known as the Rimrocks.


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We are proud to offer a variety of informative field trips, examining a wide range of stratigraphic and structural concepts in the Northern Rockies.


Field Trips

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Short Courses

Short courses and workshops will cover topics from “frac” design to geostatistics and more.


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