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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Educational Opportunity
A mother and daughter learn to start fire with a fire bow and spindle stick during Crow Canyon's Family Archaeology Week. – Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

ADA Accessibility Notes

All campus facilities are ADA accessible. Access to archaeological sites requires hiking over well-trod, but uneven, dirt paths.

Come to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and experience archaeology firsthand! The mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is to empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge. Since 1983, Crow Canyon has been reconstructing the centuries-long history of the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest and capturing the imagination of adults, teens, and children from across the country through innovative experiential education programs. Crow Canyon’s long-term multidisciplinary research focuses primarily on the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) occupation of the Mesa Verde region in southwestern Colorado. Assisted by students and adults enrolled in its programs, the Center has conducted excavations at more than 30 ancient sites in the Southwest, making discoveries that have contributed to some of the most important new understandings in Southwestern archaeology in the last two decades. Crow Canyon values the knowledge and perspectives of indigenous peoples, and the Center’s staff collaborates with American Indians on a wide variety of initiatives of mutual interest, including research projects, education curricula, and language- and cultural-preservation programs. American Indians' many contributions to Crow Canyon programs provide a rich, authentic experience for students and adults alike.

Appropriate Ages

Certain programs are appropriate for students as young as ten. There are no upper age limits as long as you are physically able to participate.

How to Participate

For travelers visiting the Four Corners region, Crow Canyon’s Archaeology Day Tour provides a hands-on overview of Southwestern archaeology, including tours of the Center’s current excavation site and laboratory. It is a perfect complement to explorations of nearby archaeological attractions. Crow Canyon’s excavation and lab programs offer adults the unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with professional archaeologists—excavating at the Center’s current site and assisting in the artifact analyses that are vital to the understanding of ancient Pueblo Indian lifeways. Crow Canyon also offers archaeological and cultural tours throughout the American Southwest and the world. With top scholars as trip leaders, privileged access to rarely visited places, and limited group sizes, Crow Canyon travel adventures deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For children and teens, Crow Canyon offers field trips and overnight school group programs, a High School Field School, and middle and high school summer camps. Crow Canyon is located just outside Cortez, Colorado. Contact the Crow Canyon Registrar at 1-800-422-8975, ext. 455, for additional information.