2023 Colorado Study Tour


Date: September 10-14, 2023
Location: Grand Junction/Glenwood Springs Colorado
Cost: Full Registration: $1895 (includes lodging) / Second in Room: $995

This event begins in Grand Junction then continues on to Glenwood Springs.

Plan to arrive at Grand Junction Doubletree in time to board the bus at 3pm Sunday for our tour.

The event includes one night in Grand Junction and 3 nights in Glenwood Springs.

Lodging is included! Your room will be booked for you. Do not try to book a hotel room on your own.

All attendees will check out of Grand Junction Doubletree Hotel Monday am. Bring luggage to bus!

All attendees will check into Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs Monday pm.

Grand Junction Shuttle: If you choose to fly into Denver or are planning to drive to Grand Junction from destinations east of Glenwood Springs, CO, you may use our Shuttle Bus for transportation from Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs to the Doubletree in Grand Junction. This will eliminate the need to drive your personal car to Grand Junction and you won’t be following the bus to Colorado Quarries and on to Glenwood Springs on Monday. We prefer all guests ride the bus.
Plan for motorcoach Shuttle Bus to depart Hotel Colorado no later than 12 noon on Sunday.  You may park your car for free at the Hotel Colorado.  Let them know you will be checking in Monday pm.

Full event details below.


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Registration is now open.

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.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 12, attendees will have time to explore, recreate, relax, or catch up on business needs. Planned activities are available to reserve before the event.

Available Options

  • Bike/E-Bike Rental with Canyon Shuttle: $45/$60pp
  • Bike/E-Bike Rental (local use): $45/$60pp
  • Ducky Inflatable Kayak River Trip - individual or tandem: $62pp/$100pair
  • Horseback Trail Ride: $120pp
  • River Rafting (group raft) Trip: $60pp.
  • Glenwood Hot Springs Pool: Day pass NO LONGER AVAILABLE – POOL CLOSED

All activities can be reserved by visiting our custom Glenwood Adventure web page. Click the link below to review options, reserve, and pay for your chosen activity.

Reserve Your Activity

Some options have limited space. Reserve your activity before August 11, 2023.

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. The four nights lodging for Sunday – Wednesday nights will be arranged by NSI and included in the registration fee. Additional nights lodging options are included on the registration form. If needed, select the appropriate arrival and departure dates and pay as noted. NSI will arrange for these additional nights lodging if selected.

Hotel Properties:

Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Hotel Colorado
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Event Highlights:

Sunday, September 10

Colorado National Monument visit and
Reception/dinner at Grand Junction Doubletree Hotel
featuring sponsor tabletop displays.

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
Sturdy closed toe shoes required! Boots recommended.

Arrival at Hotel Colorado – evening on own!
List of Glenwood Springs restaurants open on Monday night

Tuesday, September 12


Town Hall Meeting:
Jim Hieb/Duane Naquin – Executive Board update
Natural Stone Catalogue
Workforce Development Update
Silica Safety Certificate/Key Components/Cal OSHA update

Member Open Forum topics derived from member submissions.


Optional Offsite ActivitiesBooking link

Dinner and LIVE auctioncocktail attire encouraged

Wednesday, September 13


Open Theme Discussion Breakouts

Theme Discussion Report Outs

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


NOTE: Lyons Sandstone in Lyons, CO is welcoming visitors Thursday and Friday if your travel plans allow. Contact them directly to arrange a visit: 303-823-5659.

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 more than $500 will be eligible for sponsor benefits.

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All auction item proceeds benefit the Natural Stone Institute with a special Paddles Up pledge to directly support the Natural Stone Foundation.


Keep your company name, products, and services top of mind with our attendees. ALL sponsors will receive on site, website, and newsletter recognition.

NEW! We will NOT be giving away an event T-shirt with sponsor logos. And we are no longer asking for literature for event bag.

Sponsors have the option to host a tabletop display (literature, promotional item, sample) during the Sunday night reception/dinner at the Doubletree in Grand Junction. Bring a small quantity of literature and display items suitable for one-on-one conversations.

Sponsorships available:
Welcome Package $500
Team Building $750
Opening Bar/Reception $750
Transportation $1000
Closing Dinner $1250

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