31st CEOS Plenary

*Registration closes October 15, 2017
Event Dates: October 18th - 20th, 2017

Location: Rapid City, South Dakota, USA31st-CEOS-Plenary

Hosted by: The United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Letter of Invitation

Side Meeting Request Form

Draft Agenda v0.7 (26 July 2017)

Meeting Information Guide

Accommodation & Meeting Location

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza

505 North Fifth Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


Make reservations online at:

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza

Group code: WX8

Rate: $89 USD plus tax

Room block expires on 15 September 2017.

If registering after this date, please contact the hotel directly or email Laura Nemec.


Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle; call +1 (605) 348-4000 to request the shuttle.

Hotel is a 15-20 minute ride from the airport (12 miles, 19km).

Rental Car options are available at the airport.

Map of airport to hotel


Average daytime temperatures are a high of 59° F (15° C) and a low of 34° F (1° C)

Things to Do

Rapid City and the Black Hills offer many beautiful attractions, both indoor and outdoor. If you enjoy museums, shopping or hiking, Rapid City and the Black Hills have numerous options. Below are a few favorites:

  • Join the Rapid City bike trail right outside the hotel for biking, walking, or running.
  • Visit Memorial Park/Berlin Wall Exhibit (directly south of Holiday Inn-Rushmore Plaza).
  • Hike Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) (elevation 7,244’) (2,208 meters).
  • Visit Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries.
  • Tour US President downtown sculptures.
  • Visit Wall Drug with free ice water.
  • Drive through the Badlands and behold Mother Nature’s beauty.
  • Drive Iron Mountain Road with unique architectural features called pigtail bridges and one lane tunnels with a view of Mount Rushmore.
  • Visit Custer State Park & Wildlife Loop.
  • Travel to Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.
  • Visit the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. 

View many more attraction options at Rapid City Visitor Bureau: https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do

Rapid City and Black Hills Area Maps

Week At A Glance

  Arrive in Sioux Falls or Rapid City
17 October

EROS Center Visit in Sioux Falls (optional)

  • Transport from hotel(s) to EROS Center
  • Tour EROS Center (8am)
  • Transport to Rapid City (late-morning)
18 October Side Meetings (optional)
19 October Plenary
20 October Plenary
21 October Excursions (optional)

  • Black Hills Tour  (8am- 3pm) – Lunch provided
  • Evening Bus Trip to Deadwood Tour (5pm – 10pm) – Dinner non-hosted
  Depart from Rapid City