Chaco Landscapes

Chaco Canyon

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Chaco Black-on-white canteen

BLM-Anasazi Heritage Center collections

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

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A Chaco outlier in Colorado

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June 1–4, 2017

Tour the great houses of Chaco Culture National Historical Park as well as Salmon Ruins, Aztec Ruins, and northern Chaco outliers in Colorado—including Crow Canyon’s new excavation site. The perfect pre- or post-trip extension to our Archaeology Research Program!


  • Immerse yourself in Chaco archaeology with experts in the field.
  • Discover what makes Chaco culture unique, including its architecture and social structure.
  • Find out what Crow Canyon archaeologists are learning about Chaco outliers in southwestern Colorado.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

June 1–4, 2017

Steve LeksonStephen H. Lekson, Ph.D., is professor of anthropology and curator of archaeology at the University of Colorado. He has proposed many of the most provocative theories of Southwestern archaeology, including his contention that the ceremonial center of Chaco Canyon moved first to Aztec Ruins and then to Casas Grandes (Paquime).



Lyle BalenquahLyle Balenquah (Hopi) earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from Northern Arizona University. For more than 15 years, he has worked throughout the American Southwest as an archaeologist. He also works as a part-time hiking and river guide, combining his professional knowledge and training with personal insights about his ancestral history.

Lyle discusses rock art and Crow Canyon programs in this video.



All nights are spent in comfortable hotels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $240.

All travel is by Crow Canyon van. Expect drives on remote dirt roads; no drive is more than 2 ½ hours. The entire trip takes place at elevations between 4300 and 7500 feet. Our pace will be leisurely, but you must be comfortable standing and walking for several hours at a time.

If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in a Crow Canyon trip, please contact us before registering.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Durango, Colorado, or Farmington, New Mexico, until departure from Durango or Farmington. Transportation to and from Durango or Farmington is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies. June 1 departure: On or before April 1, 2017, $200 handling fee; after April 1, 2017, forfeiture of all payments. June 18 departure: On or before April 18, 2017, $200 handling fee; after April 18, 2017, forfeiture of all payments. August 31 departure: On or before June 30, 2017, $200 handling fee; after June 30, 2017, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

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