Chaco to Mesa Verde

  • Mesa Verde
    Mesa Verde


Explore connections between Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.

May 21–26, 2018

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457.  See Chaco Canyon through a different lens. Learn why its culture is so unique and how its complex society influenced events in the Southwest. We’ll explore the connections between Chaco and the greater Mesa Verde area while visiting ancestral Pueblo sites far away from the tourist crowds.

May 26

Optional extension: Fly over the Mesa Verde-Chaco world for a breathtaking view of the region.


  • Learn about recent findings concerning ancestral Pueblo architecture.
  • Enjoy easy to moderate hikes to extraordinary archaeological sites.
  • Tour Crow Canyon’s excavation site, a large Chaco outlier—and find out what archaeologists are learning about the Mesa Verde region.

This operation is conducted on public lands under special recreation permit with the Bureau of Land Management Canyons of the Ancients National Monument-Tres Rios Field Office.

Chaco to Mesa Verde

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

Kyle BocinskyKyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., is a computational anthropologist interested in human responses to environmental change. He is an assistant research professor in the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute, research associate at Crow Canyon, and adjunct research faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Most of his research has focused on the ancestral Pueblo people of the Southwest.



Anthony LovatoAnthony Lovato (Kewa) is a keeper of much traditional Pueblo knowledge. He advises Kewa Pueblo (formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo) in an effort to preserve and promote the Keres language, which is spoken in seven New Mexico pueblos. Anthony is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and a master silver jewelry artist whose works are highly sought after.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $320.

While on this trip with Crow Canyon, physical exertion may be required. Please read below to learn more:

Throughout the journey, you may be hiking up to four miles per day on uneven, rocky, and un-established trails to visit rural communities and archaeological sites. Some trails may be impeded by boulders so you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standard staircase step. There is also a series of ladders involves to access canyon sites. There will also be long periods of standing while visiting sites and entering discussions with scholars and peers. During the trip, you may be visiting remote locations with limited amenities. There is the possibility of stopping at gas stations for bathroom stops. The elevation during the trip may increase to above 7000 ft. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two in advance to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you are concerned about your ability to do any of these activities, please consult your physician.

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, on May 21, 2018, until departure from Durango on May 26, 2018. Transportation to and from Durango 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: On or before March 21, 2018, $200 handling fee; after March 21, 2018, 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

Tuition & Reservation

$2,095 (member*)
$2,220 (nonmember)
$270 optional extension
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: March 21, 2018

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation on or before March 21, 2018, $200 handling fee; after March 21, 2018, forfeiture of all payments. See details tab for more information.

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  800.422.8975, ext. 457
     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)

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