Hiking the Bears Ears

Arch Canyon

Photo: Kate Thompson

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The Bears Ears with wildflowers

Photo: Tim Peterson

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Hiking Comb Ridge

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Comb Ridge

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Fall color in the Abajo Mountains

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Whiskers Draw

Photo: Todd Kearns

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The Target site

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October 5–11, 2017

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457. The proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah includes places such as Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, and Elk Ridge. Enjoy backcountry adventure as we explore the diverse archaeology and landscapes of the Bears Ears. Hike to ancient villages in the Comb Ridge area and remote sites on Elk Ridge and Cedar Mesa.


  • Enjoy backcountry hikes to spectacular archaeological sites in Utah’s canyon country.
  • See ancient artifacts up close on a behind-the-scenes curation tour.
  • Learn from scholars whose research in the Bears Ears area has led to new understandings of ancestral Pueblo culture and communities.

About this Program

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

Ben BelloradoBen Bellorado is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona. He has been living and working as an archaeologist in the Four Corners area for almost 20 years. Ben’s dissertation investigates how ancestral Pueblo people used wall murals and textiles as a powerful means of signaling their socioreligious identities among communities in the Mesa Verde region during the 13th century. Many of Ben’s research sites lie within the Bears Ears area.


Jonathan TillJonathan Till, M.A., lives in Bluff, Utah, and has pursued a multitude of archaeological experiences in the northern Southwest for 30 years. Jonathan is curator of collections at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding. One of his passions is analyzing the influence of Chacoan society throughout the Four Corners region, including many sites within the Bears Ears region.

Guest scholars include local historians and Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Ute tribal representatives.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $350.

All travel is by Crow Canyon vans. Expect drives on remote dirt roads. Our pace will be leisurely, and assistance will be given, but you must be comfortable standing and hiking 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 Cortez, Colorado, on October 5, 2017, until departure from Cortez on October 11, 2017. Transportation to and from Cortez 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 August 5, 2017, $200 handling fee; after August 5, 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

Tuition & Reservation

$1,995 (member*)
$2,120 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: August 5, 2017

Bring a friend and save!

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


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