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International Cartographic Association

12th Mountain Cartography Workshop

Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado

April 11-15, 2023

The workshop is now full. Sadly, we have no more space for additional participants.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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For any questions you have about presentations or the program, please contact Program Committee Chair, Brooke Marston, at: icamountaincartography@gmail.com

International Cartographic Association Scholarships

Young professionals: You can apply for an ICA scholarship to support participation at the Mountain Cartography Workshop at this website.

Submit your abstract

Important dates!

Deadline to submit abstracts

Notification of abstract acceptance

Workshop registration and venue reservations open

Call for Presentations - Closed

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 12th Mountain Cartography Workshop at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado. All workshop participants are expected to present.

The theme of the workshop is People, Maps, and Mountains, although any topic relating to maps and mountains is welcome, as are all types of presentations! Previous topics have included, but are not limited to: relief representation, automated techniques, parks and recreation, glaciers, mountain cultures, and more. Full papers, extended abstracts, short presentations, technical demonstrations, map discussions, posters, or any other medium or topic you are interested in sharing are encouraged for submission to the workshop.


Use the form below to submit your abstract as a Word or PDF attachment. Please keep your abstract to 500 words or less. You may submit more than one abstract.

Presenters of full papers, extended abstracts, and technical demos will be allotted either a 20-minute oral presentation spot, with 10 minutes for discussion afterwards, or a 10-minute short oral presentation spot, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. For posters, there will be a special poster session where authors will discuss their work.


Driving to the Snow Mountain Ranch takes two hours from Denver International Airport. Snow Mountain Ranch is located at 1101 County Road 53, Granby, Colorado 80446. GPS Coordinates: Latitude 39.992565 | Longitude -105.926385

Airport Shuttle Service

If you need to arrange transportation from Denver International Airport to Snow Mountain Ranch, contact Home James Shuttle at (800) 359-7536. The price is $88 one-way ($73 for 3 or more people).


Amtrak runs daily from Union Station in Denver to Fraser, Colorado. Call (800) USA-RAIL for more information.

Distance from Snow Mountain Ranch to:

Grocery store – 7.3 miles (11.7 km)

Never Summer Brewing – 9.2 miles (14.8 km)

Winter Park Ski Area – 15.8 miles (25.4 km)

Rocky Mountain National Park – 26.4 miles (42.5 km)

Denver International Airport – 103 miles (166 km)


For current weather and road conditions, visit: www.cotrip.org

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Feel free to email us with any questions about the workshop, or to add your name to the Mountain Cartography Mailing List.

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service (retired)

Alex Tait, National Geographic Society

Brooke Marston, US Department of State

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and workshop sessions will be at Indian Peaks Lodge on the campus of Snow Mountain Ranch, a YMCA retreat center. We will have Indian Peaks Lodge all to ourselves for the duration of the workshop.

Meals will be served in Schlessman Commons Dining Room, a short walk from Indian Peaks Lodge. Although alcohol is not served in the dining room, you can BYOB for consumption at Indian Peaks Lodge, which has comfortable places for socializing. Coffee will be available all day in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Rooms in the Indian Peaks Lodge have twin beds; $138 single occupancy and $91 for double. The price includes buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All bedrooms have a mini fridge, balcony, and en suite bathroom. There are no TVs :-)

Workshop attendees will be responsible for making their own reservations and paying Snow Mountain Ranch for their lodging and meals. Look here for a reservation link in December after the abstracts have been reviewed and accepted.

Workshop Registration

There will be a modest registration fee, amount yet to be determined, to cover the cost of coffee breaks, the gala dinner, and miscellaneous administrative expenses. Attendees may pay the fee by PayPal (we will post a link) or with cash at the workshop. ATMs are available at Snow Mountain Ranch. There may be an additional charge for Outdoor Recreation Day depending on what you decide to do.

We will be organizing activities for Outdoor Recreation Day—there are many to choose from at Snow Mountain Ranch. On-site possibilities include ice skating, dog sledding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, fat-tire biking, and Nordic skiing. Off-site possibilities include ski touring at Rocky Mountain National Park and downhill skiing at Winter Park Ski Area. You are of course also welcome to do something else on your own. The organized outdoor activities will be posted here as the workshop date draws closer.

Optional evening entertainment is also being planned, including the 2023 Mountain Trivia Challenge, a test of your mountain knowledge worldwide. To get a sense of what might be asked, check out previous challenges here and here. An evening excursion to Never Summer Brewing, a craft brewery in the nearby town of Granby, is a possibility.

The first two days of the workshop are devoted to plenary sessions where each person presents to the entire group.  The presentations are later published in a printed proceedings and online.

To encourage interaction and exchange of ideas, the third and final day of the workshop is set aside for outdoor recreation with options for both the adventurous and those preferring to take it easy.

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, April 11

     • Afternoon arrival, check-in

     • Dinner

     • Evening social / introductions

     • Keynote address

Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13

     • Breakfast

     • Early morning workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late morning workshop session

     • Lunch

     • Early afternoon workshop session

     • Coffee break

     • Late afternoon workshop session

     • Dinner

     • Evening activities (TBA)

Friday, April 14

     • Breakfast

     • Outdoor recreation day*

     • Gala dinner

Saturday, April 15

     • Breakfast

     • Morning departure, check-out

* Outdoor recreation day could possibly change to Wednesday or Thursday depending on weather.

People, Maps, and Mountains

The ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop is a three-day gathering held every two years. The goal is to bring together cartographers, geographers, and others in a relaxed and beautiful setting to share new developments in cartography, design, and spatial analysis related to mountain environments. Typically, about 50 people from multiple nations attend.

Our upcoming workshop, rescheduled from 2020 to 2023 due to the pandemic, will be held at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado. The venue, nestled in a high valley (2,700 m, 8,860 ft) between Rocky Mountain National Park and Winter Park Ski Area, is sure to inspire everyone involved with mapping mountains.

We hope to see you there!

Tom Patterson, Alex Tait, and Brooke Marston

Workshop organizers



Venue and Cost



Rocky Mountain National Park