The Pueblo World in A.D. 1200

Chaco Canyon

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Mesa Verde

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

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Mesa Verde and its canyons

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Canyons of the Ancients

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A Chaco outlier in Colorado

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May 21–26, 2017

For thousands of years, ancestral Pueblo people—hunter-gatherers and farmers—thrived in what is now southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. The ancient ruins that remain tell the story of the people whose descendants are the Pueblo Indians of today. Our signature travel seminar introduces you to the Pueblo world, including the iconic archaeological sites of Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Aztec Ruins.


  • Enjoy easy to moderate hikes to spectacular archaeological sites.
  • Explore canyons and cliff dwellings as you learn about a pivotal time in Pueblo history.
  • Tour Crow Canyon's new excavation site, a large Chaco outlier—and find out what archaeologists are learning about Pueblo communities in the Mesa Verde region.

About this Program

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

Donna GlowackiDonna Glowacki, Ph.D., is an anthropological archaeologist who studies transformation, disruption, and resiliency in Southwestern societies. She is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and a research associate at Crow Canyon. Donna has done archaeological research in the Southwest since 1992. She is the author of Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde (University of Arizona Press, 2015).

Also, view Donna's video: "Why Is Archaeology Important?"

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.

Read more about the generations of artists who came before and after Anthony—and the tufa-casting technique in his blog.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $335.

This program begins and ends in Durango, Colorado. 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, on May 21, 2017, until departure from Durango on May 26, 2017. 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, 2017, $200 handling fee; after March 21, 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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