Travel to SAGE



SAGE attendees will do coursework in and around Santa Fe, NM USA. The group will spend ~2 weeks in a campground in the Jemez Mountains outside of Los Alamos, NM. Then the group will stay in the dorms at the Santa Fe Indian School.

We ask that all participants make arrangements to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The closest major airport is Albuquerque, NM (ABQ). Train and shuttle bus service is available between ABQ and Santa Fe

What to Bring to SAGE

  • Proof of Health Insurance - All attendees must provide proof of valid health/medical insurance coverage for the full duration of SAGE (through July 15, 2022). Short-term plans and international insurance are acceptable.
  • Proof of Vaccination - All attendees must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Pending further decision, we provisionally request that you are up to date with boosters as well.
  • Laptop - The last week of SAGE consists of preparing a presentation and a written report. The faculty will provide a handful of computers for data processing and analysis, but these computers will not be available for writing reports or making presentations.

SAGE Gear List

Required Clothing

  • Pullover, sweatshirt, and other warm clothing (gloves, hat, etc). It will get cold!
  • Non-cotton shirts / base layers. It will get hot!
  • Rain jacket. It will rain!
  • Long work pants (jeans are fine)
  • Leather hiking boots or work boots (please no steel-toe)
  • Sun hat (wide brim recommended)

Required Camping & Field Gear*

  • 1-2 person tent
  • Thermarest or comparable sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag (rated 20F/-5C or below)
  • Pillow
  • Camp towel
  • Head lamp or flashlight (with spare batteries)
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for showers & wearing around camp after field work)
  • Daypack / small backpack for field days (use it to carry your lunch, water, rain gear, and whatever else you’ll need during the day)
  • At least 2-3 liters (2-3 quarts) of water capacity (hydration bladder, reusable water bottle, etc)
  • Camp dish set (bowl, fork, spoon, knife, mug/cup)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

*Note: We encourage participants that do not already own camping equipment to ask friends, family, and/or fellow students for items to loan before purchasing new gear just for SAGE. Select outdoor suppliers (e.g., REI) will rent camping equipment, although the REI in Santa Fe does not offer this service. The SAGE outfitter will have a limited supply of spare camping equipment available on a first-come, first-served basis. The outfitter will only bring spare camping equipment if requested, so you must contact SAGE faculty at least two weeks in advance if you would like to reserve equipment with the outfitter. Please send proof of health insurance and vaccination to

Additional Items

These items are not required but may be useful to bring or purchase in Santa Fe:

  • For the dorms: hand soap, laundry detergent, hangers for the closet
  • For lecture: notebooks and pens/pencils, light sweater (the classroom can be chilly), USB stick for sharing files and/or software (also useful during data processing)

Course Fees

Following acceptance into SAGE, participants will be asked to provide a $1000 USD registration fee. This fee is used to help pay for food, materials, and accomodations throughout your time at SAGE. A limited number of grants are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get credit from my college or university for taking SAGE?

You may be able to use SAGE for college credit by enrolling in an independent study course at your home institution. Please check with your academic advisor and make arrangements for this prior to attending SAGE. Following completion of the SAGE program, the faculty will provide a suggested grade to your home institution based on your final report, presentation, and performance throughout the program.

Arrival & Departure Dates

SAGE 2022 will officially begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, June 15 and end at noon on July 12. We ask that all participants make arrangements to arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico by 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 14. Participants should make arrangements to depart Santa Fe any time after noon on Tueday July 12th.


What if I arrive late?

If you know ahead of time that you will be arriving late, please contact SAGE manager, Oliver Azevedo, immediately so alternate arrangements can be made.

Will SAGE reimburse travel expenses?

No. SAGE participants are responsible  for arranging and paying for all travel to and from Santa Fe.

Can I bring my personal car to SAGE?

Yes. Due to limited parking spaces at the campground, personal vehicles cannot be parked at the campsite overnight. They will instead be stored in a secure parking lot that is a 15-minute drive from the campground at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos. The Santa Fe Indian School has a large, secure parking lot adjacent to the dorms where you will be staying.

Lodging & Meals

Where will we be staying?

SAGE provides lodging for the duration of the program, from arrival on the evening of June 14 to departure on the morning of July 12. The night of your arrival in Santa Fe will be spent in a hotel booked by SAGE. The following morning we will move to a campground in the Jemez Mountains. After two weeks of camping, we will move back to Santa Fe and stay in the dorms at the Santa Fe Indian School for the remainder of the program.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, at the Santa Fe Indian School and in the hotel on the first night. Each student is required to bring their own tent for camping.

What is provided at the campground?

We will be staying at a public, front-country campground in Bandelier National Monument. The campground has running water, pit toilets, picnic tables, and shade shelters. Native American outfitters provide food and general camp suport. Additional security is provided by the campground hosts. Showers are available in Los Alamos on an almost daily basis.

What is provided in the Santa Fe Indian School dorms?

Each dorm room has a twin bed, desk, dresser, chair, and closet for each roommate, as well as a shared sink. Full bathrooms (shower and toilet) are shared between adjacent dorm rooms. Sheets, linens, and towels are provided. The dorms have free, 24-hour laundry facilities, but detergent is not provided. WiFi and cell phone service are available throughout the dorms.

Does SAGE provide meals?

Yes. SAGE provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for every day of the program with the exception of the July 4th holiday. We ask that participants notify the faculty ahead of time if they have any allergies, dietary restrictions, or food preferences so that we may inform the food service staff in advance.

Will I have a secure place to store electronics and valuables?

Yes. While we are camping, we will have a secure location available for you to store your laptop and other valuables. SAGE has never had a problem with theft of personal belongings at the Santa Fe Indian School, but the dorm room closets are equipped to be locked with a padlock if desired.

How do I get mail at SAGE?

If you absolutely must receive mail while we are camping, please contact the SAGE manager ahead of time so special arrangements can be made. To receive mail or packages while we are in Santa Fe, please use the following address:

Your name/SAGE 2022 

c/o Conferences and Special Events 

Santa Fe Indian School 

1501 Cerrillos Road 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502 

Things to Bring

Should I bring a laptop/personal computer?

YES! SAGE participants spend the last week of the program writing a technical report and preparing a PowerPoint-style presentation. Some computers will be available for data processing and analysis, but these computers will not be available for writing reports or making presentations.

What if I don't own any camping equipment?

SAGE requests that all students bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other personal equipment for the camping portion of the program (please see complete list above). If you do not own some of the required items we recommend the following solutions:

  • Borrow equipment from friends, family, and/or fellow students prior to arrival.
  • Rent equipment from an outdoor supply store (note that REI Santa Fe does not offer this service).
  • Contact SAGE manager at least two weeks prior to SAGE to arrange for an equipment rental through the camp outfitter.

Can I purchase camping equipment in Santa Fe?

If you would like to buy camping equipment after you arrive in New Mexico, please make arrangements to do so before the start of SAGE on the morning of June 15th. We will head directly to the campsite that morning and there will be no time to shop for camping gear.

Should I bring my rock hammer / Brunton compass / hand lens?

You are welcome to bring these items for use on the geologic field trips or during your free time. These items will not be required for the SAGE field work. If you choose to bring a rock hammer, please remember to put it in your checked baggage.

Background Reading for Students

This is an optional reading list intended to help students become more familiar with the geophysical techniques and the field area that we will be studying at SAGE. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it required.

Geophysical Methods

Davidson, M.E., and Braile, L.W., 1999, Vibroseis recording techniques and data reduction from the Jemez Tomography Experiment: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v.89 p.1352-1365

Jiracek, G. R., Haak, V. & Olsen, K. H. Practical magnetotellurics in a continental rift environment. in Continental rifts: evolution, structure and tectonics 103–129 (Elsevier, 1995).

Pellerin, L. 2002, Applications of Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods for Environmental and Geotechnical Investigations: Surveys in Geophysics, 23, 101-132

SAGE 2022 Field Area: The Valles Caldera

Goff, F. and Gardner, J.N., 2004. Late Cenozoic geochronology of volcanism and mineralization in the Jemez Mountains and Valles caldera, north central New Mexico, in (G. Mack and K. Giles, eds.), The Geology of New Mexico —A Geologic History. New Mexico Geological Society, Special Publication 11, Socorro, p. 295-312.

Jiracek, G. R., Kinn, C. L., Scott, C. L., Kuykendall, M. G., Baldridge, W. S., 

Biehler, S., Braile, L. W., Ferguson, J. F., and Gilpin, B., 1996, Tracing crustal isotherms under the western margin of the Jemez Mountains using SAGE and industry magnetotelluric data, New Mex. Geol. Soc., Guidebook 47, p. 129-133.

Kelley, S.A., McIntosh, W.C.,  Goff,  F., Kempter, K.A., Wolff, J.A., Esser, R., Braschayko, S., Love, D., and Gardner, J.N., 2013, Spatial and temporal trends in pre-caldera Jemez Mountains volcanic and fault activity, Geosphere,  v. 9, p. 614-646.

Lutter, W. J., Thurber, C. H., Roberts, P. M., Steck, L. K., Fehler, M. C., Stafford, D., Baldridge, W. S., and Zeichert, T. A., 1995, Teleseismic P-wave image of crust and upper mantle structure beneath the Valles caldera, New Mexico: Initial results from the 1993 JTEX passive array, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 505-508.

Sass, J. H., and Morgan, P., 1988, Conductive heat flux in VC-1 and the thermal regime of Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico: Journal of Geophysical Research, 93(B6), 6027–6039.

Segar, R. L., 1974, Quantitative gravity interpretation. Valles caldera area, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties, New Mexico: University of Utah Research Institute, Earth Science Laboratory, Open-File Report NM/BACA-27, 12 p.

Steck, L. K., C. H. Thurber, M. C. Fehler, W. J. Lutter, P. M. Roberts, W. S. Baldridge, D. G. Stafford, and R. Sessions (1998), Crust and upper mantle P wave velocity structure beneath Valles Caldera, New Mexico: Results from the Jemez teleseismic tomography experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 103(B10), 24301–24320, doi:10.1029/98JB00750.

Wolff, J. A., and Gardner, J. N., 1995; Is the Valles caldera entering a new cycle of activity? Geology, v. 23(5), p. 411–414.

Zimmerer, M.J., Lafferty, J., and Coble, M.A., 2016, The eruptive and magmatic history of the youngest pulse of volcanism at the Valles caldera: Implications for successfully dating late Quaternary eruptions: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 310, p. 50-57.

Tectonic Context: The Rio Grande Rift

Biehler, S. Ferguson, J., Baldridge, W. S., Jiracek, G. R., Aldern, J. L., Martinez, M., Fernandez, R., Romo, J., Gilpin, B., Braile, L. W., Hersey, D. r., Luyendyk, B. P., and Aiken, C. L. 1991, A geophysical model of the Espanola basin, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, Geophysics, p. 56, 340-353.

Chapin, C. E., & Cather, S. M. (1994). Tectonic setting of the axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift. In G. R. Keller & S. M. Cather (Eds.), Basins of the Rio Grande Rift: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonic Setting: Geological Society of America Special Paper 291 (pp. 5–26). doi:10.1130/SPE291-p5

Gao, W., Grand, S. P., Baldridge, W. S., Wilson, D., West, M., Ni, J. F., & Aster, R. (2004). Upper mantle convection beneath the central Rio Grande rift imaged by P and S wave tomography. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109(B03305), 1–16. doi:10.1029/2003JB002743

Keller, R., Khan, M. A., Morgan, P., et al., 1991, A Comparative Study of the Rio Grande and Kenya rifts, Tectonophys., 197, 355-371.

Landman, R. L., & Flowers, R. M. (2013). (U-Th)/He thermochronologic constraints on the evolution of the northern Rio Grande Rift, Gore Range, Colorado, and implications for rift propagation models. Geosphere, 9(1), 1-18. doi:10.1130/GES00826.1

Student Reports

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