Excavation Site Tour

  • Excavation Site Tour
    Excavation Site Tour

Step onto a working archaeological site & learn about the significance of this Northern Chaco outlier location


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The perfect introduction to your Mesa Verde experience! Learn about the impact of the Chaco Phenomenon (A.D. 950 – 1150), and discover one of the densest concentrations of Chaco great houses in the Mesa Verde region by experiencing a working archaeological dig site and chatting with the archaeologists overseeing this excavation.

Your tour begins with a quick introduction at the Colorado Welcome Center and an overview of current day Montezuma County. Your guide will then take you on a journey through time beginning 12,000 years ago and leading up to the Pueblo II period (A.D. 950 – 1150). Get caught up in the thrill of discovery on an exclusive tour at Crow Canyon’s current dig site -- the Northern Chaco Outliers Project.

Here you’ll learn how archaeology and American Indian knowledge are shaping our knowledge of past and present communities.

Tour Details


Adults (18+) - $30

Youth (10-18) - $25

Children (10 and under) - Free

Meet your tour guide at the Colorado Welcome Center (928 E Main St, Cortez, CO 81321) at 10:00am.

Transportation will be provided.

800.422.8975, ext. 454

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