Beginning in Moab, Utah, explore spectacular canyon country while learning about rock art paintings and petroglyphs of the Green and Colorado river areas. Our scholars deliver authentic perspectives. Hear powerful stories concerning some of the oldest and most impressive ritualistic rock art imagery in the Four Corners—and learn how these stories relate to ceremonial aspects of modern-day Pueblos.
April 12–13, 2018
Optional extension: Join us on a full-day hike into Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Explore the Grand Gallery and other Barrier Canyon–style rock art.
Venture off the beaten path to remote rock art sites.
Enjoy day hikes through breathtaking multicolored sandstone landscapes.
Relax in riverfront lodging on the Colorado and Green rivers.
About this Program
What to Expect
Lyle Balenquah (Hopi) is a member of the Greasewood clan from the village of Bacavi. He has 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 documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and lifeways. Currently he works as an independent consultant; his work experience includes time with the National Park Service, the Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He also works as a part-time hiking and river guide, combining his professional knowledge and training with personal insights about his ancestral history to provide a unique forum for public education. Lyle discusses Hopi rock art and Crow Canyon programs in this video:
Steven R. 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.
All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $390. Grand Gallery Extension single supplement: $85.
During this expedition, you will explore canyon country while learning about pictographs and petroglyphs in the Four Corners area. There are some physical requirements that should be considered when signing up for this trip. Please read below to learn more:
Throughout the journey, you may be hiking up to four and a half miles per day on uneven, rocky, and un-established trails. 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 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 will range from 5000 and 6500 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.
Optional Extension: The Great Gallery
The program extension to the Great Gallery includes an all-day, 6.5-mile long round-trip backcountry hike that requires descent into and ascent out of Horseshoe Canyon with a 700 ft. elevation change. Our pace will be leisurely, and assistance will be given, but you must be comfortable hiking on uneven terrain, and standing or sitting on the ground for periods of time. Anticipate a one and a half hour drive on graded gravel roads each way to the trailhead. Again, if you are concerned about your ability to do any of these activities, please consult your physician.
Tuition 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 Moab, Utah, on April 8, 2018, until departure from Moab on April 12, 2018. Transportation to and from Moab is your responsibility.
. Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before February 8, 2018, $200 handling fee; after February 8, 2018, forfeiture of all payments.