2023 Colorado Study Tour
Date: September 10-14, 2023
Location: Grand Junction/Glenwood Springs Colorado
Registration is expected to open in mid-April 2023. Check back often for updates.
The 2023 Natural Stone Institute Colorado Study Tour will begin Sunday afternoon September 10 and continue through Wednesday night, September 13. We will be covering a lot of territory for this event and will be utilizing two hotels – one night in Grand Junction and 3 nights in Glenwood Springs. Hotel accommodations will be included in this year’s registration process and all lodging arrangements will be made for the attendees. One registration – one fee. Natural Stone Institute will arrange for all transportation between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs hotels as part of our event travel itinerary.
Our 2023 event starts with a visit to Colorado National Monument Park. Guests will experience the site’s visitor center attractions, a short hike into the park and a vista filled drive along Rim Rock Drive. Later, enjoy a relaxed welcome reception at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction. Monday we pack up and leave Grand Junction with stops at a state of the art stone fabrication facility and historic Yule marble quarry, both run by Colorado Stone Quarries. Monday night is on your own. Tuesday will include open meetings of our advocacy groups and a Town Hall style update from the Natural Stone Institute. Optional offsite activities will be followed by the annual LIVE auction held after dinner at the Hotel Colorado. Wednesday we’ll enjoy open roundtable conversations then go off site to compete in a fun challenge at Gallegos’ Gypsum stone yard where attendees will enjoy a Poker Run game spotlighting additional NSI member companies who supply the stone yard with their materials. Women in Stone will host the next installment of their Legacy Series interviews, this time honoring Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries. This special WIS sponsored event will be part of a unique, western-themed evening at the Woodworth Ranch featuring lawn games, an open bar, and a BBQ cookout.
Any current Natural Stone Institute member and/or member employee, including a partner or spouse, is eligible to attend with a paid registration for each individual. The Full registration fee will include hotel accommodations for 4 nights and all group meals including scheduled receptions, breakfasts, hosted lunches, Tuesday dinner, and Wednesday night cookout. The Second in Room registration fee excludes lodging costs and should be selected for any registrant who will share a room with a Full registrant.
There may be specific activities available as a la carte registration options offered for those individuals accompanying a Full registrant who do not wish to participate in the entire event. We regret no children under the age of 12 may attend.
Many details are yet to be finalized. Updates will be made as they develop.
All events will be casual except for the Tuesday evening dinner and auction, for which business or cocktail attire is suggested. Appropriate footwear including closed-toe shoes should be worn for stone site visits. Western inspired attire is encouraged for Wednesday evening activities.
Ideally, air travel should be arranged to arrive by 3pm on Sunday into Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), which is served by Allegiant, American and United airlines; and to depart on Thursday from Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Gypsum, which has service from American, Delta, United and Air Canada airlines. Air travel and all airport transfers to and from the hotels will be on your own.
Unless you plan to arrive early or stay longer, you should not need a rental car. Ride share services are available for access from GJT and to EGE airports.
Plan to arrive in Grand Junction by 3:00pm to participate in the afternoon tour.
Limited rooms may be available to book prior to Sunday September 10 at the Doubletree, and after Wednesday September 13 at Hotel Colorado. Please contact the hotels to arrange for extra nights on your own. The four nights lodging for Sunday – Wednesday nights will be arranged by NSI and included in the registration fee.
Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Sunday, September 10
Colorado National Monument visit and reception in Grand Junction
Monday, September 11
Breakfast - Depart hotel for tours and Glenwood Springs
Colorado Stone Quarries Fabrication Plant – Delta, CO
Colorado Stone Quarries Pride of America Mine – Marble, CO
Arrival at Hotel Colorado – evening on own!
Tuesday, September 12
Open Meetings: Advocacy Groups & Town Hall
Optional Offsite Activities – TBD
Dinner and LIVE auction
Wednesday, September 13
Gallegos Corporation Stone Yard – Gypsum, CO
Facility tour/box lunch. Poker Run game including their NSI member company suppliers
An Evening at Woodworth Ranch:
Lawn games, open bars, and a Western cookout under the tent!
WIS Legacy Series Event – Honoree: Brenda Edwards, TexaStone Quarries
Sponsored by Women in Stone.
Thursday, September 14
2023 Study Tour Cancellation Policy
Registration will close August 11. Cancellations made prior to August 25 will be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made after August 25 but before September 5 are eligible for refund less $125 administrative fee. Cancellations made after September 5 are subject to $125 administration fee and first night hotel room and tax charges.
Attend LIVE and/or bid during online auction: A fun way to support our industry. LIVE attendees have exclusive access to in-person only items being auctioned live at the study tour event, including stone, unique items, and one-of-a-kind experiences.
Donate: LIVE and online auction items are needed. Donated items with a value of greater than $500 will be eligible for sponsor benefits.
All auction proceeds benefit the Natural Stone Foundation.
Keep your company name, products, and services top of mind with our attendees. Sponsors may provide promotional material for the welcome bag, and will receive on site, website, and newsletter recognition, plus company name and/or logo on the event T-Shirt.
Welcome Package $500
Team Building $750
Opening Bar/Reception $750
Closing Bar/Dinner $1250