Porter Swentzell, Ph.D. (Santa Clara Pueblo), is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His interests and expertise cover language and cultural preservation and place-based education and sovereignty.
Steven Simms, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at Utah State University, specializing in Fremont culture. His archaeological research over the past 40 years has ranged across the Great Basin and the southwestern and southeastern United States. He is the author of Traces of Fremont and Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.
Becky Hammond (Ute Mountain Ute) has been an educator at Crow Canyon since 1997 and brings an important cultural perspective to Crow Canyon’s work. In addition to being a teacher, Hammond is also a bead artist. Taught by her grandmother in traditional beading techniques, Becky enjoys drawing on both traditional Ute and ancestral Pueblo designs to create her own contemporary style of artwork.
Carol Patterson, Ph.D, is an archaeologist and principal investigator for Urraca Archaeological Services in Montrose, Colorado. She taught cultural anthropology and archaeology at Colorado Mesa University and Metropolitan State University, Colorado. She has published a number articles and books on rock art interpretation, including the rock art found on the Uncompahgre Plateau and Shavano Valley Petroglyph site.
All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:
Gateway Canyons Resort - Discover a place where wonder, adventure and relaxation meet, creating a flawless Colorado luxury resort vacation. Gateway Canyons Resort serves as your luxurious quarters in the heart of it all. Built by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, the resort offers the perfect stay for every inquiring soul. Gateway Canyons Resort offers experiences found nowhere else on Earth.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Grand Junction DowntownA lush tree-lined street outside this hotel invites you to stroll by dozens of delightful shops, restaurants, music venues, and galleries. The hotel offers live music on various nights and a unique beverage menu at Marlo's Lounge, located steps away. Enjoy sipping a drink by Marlo's outdoor fire pit before strolling downtown. Tour the outdoor art exhibit & climbing area prior to stopping by for a bit of Gelato to cap off the evening.
Several of the hikes involve walking in sandy and rocky drainages and others involved hiking in and out of canyons with occasional points of exposure. While staff members are available for assistance, you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standard staircase step to navigate around boulders and on bedrock. We will be going to remote locations for many sites listed on the itinerary. Access to these sites may include bumpy, two-track dirt roads for up to three miles at a time.
The elevation levels for this trip range from 5,000 to 6,000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.
While we take advantage of restroom facilities along our travels, many are not available at trailheads or throughout the hikes planned for this program. We will offer a simple “hiker’s toiletry kit” if you want one, and we always practice “Leave No Trace” ethics.
We will traverse a sacred landscape – the ancestral homeland of descendent communities. It is a violation of the Society for American Archaeology code of ethics for program participants to keep any artifacts or other cultural or paleontological remains from any archaeological site, and it is against the law for participants to keep any such materials collected from state or federal land. It is our hope that you become site stewards, and help us preserve our national heritage for future generations.
Should I get travel insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.
If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?
If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.
Who should I reach out to with questions?
For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.