Annual Meeting Venue, Housing & Travel

Meeting Location

The 76th Annual Meeting of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place at the Grand America Hotel which is the official headquarters hotel for the meeting. The hotel’s convenient location and ideal transportation connections make it easy to reach by both car and when using public transportation.  Discounted group rates have been secured for SVP meeting attendees.
 
Grand America Hotel (Headquarters Hotel)
555 Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
 
Online reservations for the Grand America hotel can be made by click here. Attendees can also make reservations by calling the Reservation Department at 800-437-5288, and referring to the group name “SVP” or “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology”.

Room Rates:
$179.00 per night (single/double)

Little America Hotel
500 Main St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
 
Online reservations for the Little America Hotel can be made by clicking here. Attendees can also make reservations by calling the Reservation Department at 800-437-5288, and referring to the group name “SVP” or “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology”.

Room Rates:
Tower Rooms: $149.00 per night (single/double)
Garden Rooms: $129.00 per night (single/double)

Reservations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and based on room availability.

Visitor’s Information
To learn more about Salt Lake City and its “hot spots”, please visit http://www.visitsaltlake.com/. While at the meeting, you may also visit the Concierge Desk at the Grand America Hotel for information on tours, restaurants, and attractions.
 
Transportation to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City International Airport is one of the West's major hubs, served by 10 airlines and their affiliates offering over 650 scheduled flights per day. It is also closer to the city it serves than nearly any other airport—only ten minutes from downtown.  Salt Lake City International Airport offers ground transportation options for all types of passengers. Traditional ground transportation, limousines, hotel shuttles, and transportation network companies (TNCs) service the airport. Light rail Utah TRAX airport line goes directly the host hotels (Grand America & Little America) by exiting at the Courthouse stop. The ride costs $2.50/person and takes 24 minutes.

SVP has partnered with United and Delta to provide SVP meeting attendees discounted fares for travel to Salt Lake City.  Check out Travel Discounts page for more information.

Transportation in Salt Lake City
Transportation in Salt Lake City consists of a wide network of roads, an extensive bus system, a light rail system, and a recently introduced commuter rail line. Beginning April 15, 2013 the Utah Transit Authority offers Trax Light-Rail service from the Airport to downtown Salt Lake. Riders can board at the station and Welcome Center just outside terminal one. Fare is $2.50 and trains run every 15 minutes. Weekday service begins at 5:30 AM and runs until 11:30 PM. Find out more about Salt Lake's public transportation, including schedules and maps, at rideuta.com  Check out some helpful information about transportation by clicking here.
 
Local Area Attractions
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah
$14.95/adult, 9am-6:30pm, open daily
http://www.hoglezoo.org/
 
Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, Utah
$7.95/adult, 9am-5pm, open daily
http://tracyaviary.org/
 
The Living Planet Aquarium, Draper, Utah
$17.95, 10am-6pm, open daily
http://www.thelivingplanet.com/
 
Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Free exhibits (see web page for show costs and times), open daily.
http://clarkplanetarium.org/
 
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, Utah
Visitor center hours 8am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday (closed Sunday). Auto tour route is open daylight hours year-round
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge/.
 
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah
Aerial tram $17/ride, all-day summer-fall activities pass $48, hiking & mountain biking are free. http://www.snowbird.com/
 
Memory Grove Park, Salt Lake City, Utah
Free, daylight hours
http://www.slcgov.com/cityparks/parks-memory-grove
 
Liberty Park, Salt Lake Ctiy, Utah
Free, daylight hours
http://www.slcgov.com/cityparks/parks-liberty-park
 
Mountain Biking (local)
Free
http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/
 
Hiking Trails (local)
Free
http://utah.com/hiking/salt-lake