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International Cartographic Association

12th Mountain Cartography Workshop

Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado

April 14--18, 2020

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Rocky Mountain National Park


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 $81 one-way ($65 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

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; $133 single occupancy and $86 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.

Small travel grants may be available for young cartographers.

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 2020 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. Options include full papers, technical demos, discussions of maps, posters, etc.—we are open to suggestions. Presentations are later published in 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.

Call for Presentations

The call for presentations will be announced here in late summer. Check back then, or ask to join the Mountain Cartography Mailing List to receive the announcement by email. You will receive notification of abstract acceptance by mid December, 2019.

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, April 14

     • Afternoon arrival, check-in

     • Dinner

     • Evening social / introductions

     • Keynote address

Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16

     • 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 17

     • Breakfast

     • Outdoor recreation day*

     • Gala dinner

Saturday, April 18

     • Breakfast

     • Morning departure, check-out

* Outdoor recreation day could 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. Hvar, an island off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, was the site for the 2018 workshop. 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.

The 2020 workshop will be held at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado, which is nestled in a high valley (2,700 m, 8,860 ft) between Rocky Mountain National Park and Winter Park Ski Area. It is a venue 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