The list of project collaborators and supporters is long already, and it will continue to grow. In addition to National Geographic, this initiative is supported by the following regional partners.
Arizona Archeaological Society
The Arizona Archaeological Society was founded in 1964 as a independent, non-profit, state-wide volunteer organization to serve as a bond between professional archaeologists and avocational nonprofessional volunteers in order to foster interest and research in the archaeology of Arizona; to encourage better public understanding and concern for archaeological and cultural resources; and, to protect antiquities by discouraging exploitation of archaeological resources.
City of Aztec, New Mexico
Some vacations leave you invigorated and energized following a week of outdoor adventures, others leave you enchanted by cultural and community experiences, following some vacations you return home after a week of relaxation and rejuvenation in a small town getaway… in Aztec, New Mexico we promise you all three vacation experiences.
Welcome to Colorado. With so many unique things to see and do, deciding what to do first is often the most difficult decision. From the highest sand dunes in North America to one of the deepest canyons in the Western Hemisphere, Colorado’s four national parks encompass some of the most outstanding natural and cultural attractions in North America. At the Great Sand Dunes National Park you can hike your way to the top of the dunes then snowboard or slide down, or build a gigantic sand castle and do some birding. Hike the trails along the rim at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then plunge into the wilderness 2,722 feet below for some great wildlife viewing and trout fishing. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the nation’s quintessential parks, thanks to its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. And, Mesa Verde National Park offers a look at Colorado’s beginnings with ancient cliff dwellings that chronicle more than 700 years of Ancestral Puebloan history. Colorado's beauty inspires bursts of energy to get out and enjoy every moment of every magical day.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the Anasazi) who inhabited the canyons and mesas of the Mesa Verde region more than 700 years ago. The area has one of the densest concentrations of well-preserved archaeological sites in the world, attracting the interest of archaeologists, and capturing the imagination of the public, for well over 100 years.
National Park Service
The National Park Service, established August 25, 1916, by Congress, is the U.S. federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations in the United States.
New Mexico Tourism Department
The mission of the New Mexico Tourism Department is to market New Mexico as an enchanting visitor destination to the world by encouraging New Mexicans to spend their vacation time in New Mexico; attracting domestic and international visitors to New Mexico; and encouraging all visitors to extend their stays in New Mexico.
Rivers & Birds
Since 1999 Rivers & Birds has been providing conservation education programs in New Mexico. Today our programs are conducted by a skilled staff of scientists, research biologists, educators, teen interns and volunteers. Rivers & Birds provides experiential education adventures that celebrate the interconnection of all life and inspire individuals as leaders for Earth stewardship and peace.
Preserve America is a federal program that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. Goals of the program include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving our heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities. The program includes community and volunteer recognition, grants, and awards, as well as policy direction to federal agencies.
The Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. The Navajo Reservation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppered with a dozen lakes and ponds - Lake Powell alone has 186 miles of Navajoland shoreline. Here, you can step back in time and see how the ancient ones - the Anasazi people - lived thousands of years ago. The Navajo Nation has an array of ancient ruins, including the world renowned Navajo National Monument and the tranquil Chaco Culture National Historical Park. From the towering formations of Monument Valley to the majestic red sandstone walls and lush green valley floor of Canyon de Chelly, this is a land of great contrasts. We invite you to Discover Navajo.
The Pueblo of Acoma
The word "Acoma" and related words which are equally correct and historically applicable- Akome, Acu, Acuo and Ako- denote "a place always prepared." There is a great difference of opinion as to the age of the Acoma Nation. While traditional Acoma oral history reflects on a time far beyond our imagination, a time of creation and emergence onto this world, the Acoma people have always known of a special place called "Haaku," a spiritual homeland prepared for their eternal settlement. Recent excavations on Acoma Mesa tend to suggest that Acoma was inhabited before the time of Christ. Archaeologists agree that it has been continuously occupied from at least A.D 1200. Acomas claim always to have lived on their mesa, hospitably receiving wandering tribes to share their valley which, at one time, had plenty of water and was excellent for farming.
Trail of The Ancients Scenic Byways - Colorado
Explore the long and intriguing occupation of the Four Corners region by Native American peoples. Travel through the archaeological heartland of America while crossing the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. World-renowned Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley Tribal Park, and Four Corners Monument are highlights on the trail.
Trail of The Ancients Scenic Byways - New Mexico
The Trail of the Ancients passes through the unique geology of the Colorado Plateau high desert, offering a rich but fragile mix of natural resources. The stunning rock formation, Shiprock, is a central scenic point that is visible from most places on the Trail of the Ancients. The visible cultural heritage of the Four Corners area boasts numerous archaeological sites, modern communities, and Indian lands.