Travel the world and discover human culture and history in a global context

Change the way you see the world. Travel with Crow Canyon's Cultural Explorations program—and discover the global context of human history.

Crow Canyon's educational tours are travel seminars: unique opportunities to travel and learn in the company of like-minded travelers. Developed by our Cultural Explorations staff and guest scholars, each program offers a strong educational focus:

  • Travel with archaeologists, cultural specialists, tribal members, and other scholars.
  • Be part of a lively exchange of ideas. 
  • Enjoy limited group sizes and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Go off the beaten path, with privileged access to sites.
  • Visit with respect.

Browse our 2020 Cultural Explorations travel seminar line-up. Registration is now open!

For more than three decades, Crow Canyon has contributed to some of the most important new understandings in Southwestern archaeology. Our travel seminars provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travel the American West and beyond. When you travel with Crow Canyon, you gain new experiences and learn about other cultures all while helping us sustain the archaeological research that drives Crow Canyon. Your tuition and expenses cover an unforgettable experience that provides top value— and it also supports the non-profit mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. This is Crow Canyon’s legacy and by travelling with us you're making a positive impact and a direct contribution to our mission.


Contact Us

For more information about Cultural Explorations programs, please contact one of our sales and enrollment specialists:

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

  [email protected]

"I have enjoyed many travel experiences with Crow Canyon, visiting a variety of countries, learning about archaeology and ancient, as well modern, cultures. Cultural Explorations has introduced me to a variety of other travelers as well, all interesting, and some of whom have become friends. My life has been greatly enriched."
Helen, 2017

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Ancient Civilizations of Power and Influence: Chaco


Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the solitude, mystery, and power of Chaco Canyon? This is your chance to spend three nights camping in one of the largest and most intriguing ancient community centers in the American West.

Scholars: Stephen Lekson, Timothy Pauketat, Gerardo Gutiérrez

October 12–17, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $4,200 / $4,000
Nonmember: $4,325 / $4,125
Deposit: $2,000

Birds of the Pueblo World


Blend your passion for birding and archaeology. Gain insight into the meaning of birds for the Zuni people and see some of the vast avian related rock images, materials, and artwork. Whether you are a casual birder or an expert, you’ll add deep knowledge on this unique, birding journey!

Scholars: Dan Simplicio, Kristi Dranginis

May 12 - 18, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $4,550 / $3,900
Nonmember: $4,675 / $4,025
Deposit: $2,000

Cuisine Through Time: Art and Archaeology of Food


Why does the party always end up in the kitchen? Because food has been a core component of society and culture. Learn how wild foods and feasting events influence settlement patterns, cultural identity, and trade throughout the Southwest.

Scholars: Sarah Oas, Kyle Bocinsky, Katrina Blair, Ray Naranjo

August 23 -  28, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $3,520 / $3,200
Nonmember: $3,645 / $3,325
Deposit: $1,500

Going Rogue: Rogue River Adventure and Coastal Cultures


Travel the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, and explore the deep cultural ties to an area rich in food, medicinal flora, wildlife, and free-flowing water. Learn how the Rogue River connects cultures across the mid-Pacific coast, and how ritualistic practices are tied to salmon fisheries and other foods.  

Scholars: Shannon Tushingham

August 4 - 10, 2020

Tuition Single / Shared
Member:  $6,350 / $6,000
Nonmember: $6,475 / $6,125
Deposit: $2,000

Island Cultures: The Chumash of California


Explore California’s Santa Cruz Island and Central Coast, a global biodiversity hot spot and home to the Chumash people. These areas were also home to some of the earliest peoples in the Americas. This all-encompassing journey offers a combined focus on the archaeology, traditions, and cultural landscapes of the coastal peoples of California.

Scholars: Matthew Vestuto, Ventureño Chumash, Jennifer E. Perry 

June 7–13, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $4,550 / $4,000
Nonmember: $4,675 / $4,125
Deposit: $2,000

Turquoise Trails: Southwest Indian Arts


Turquoise is a rare gemstone of great historical and cultural significance in the American Southwest. The stone is considered to be a representation of purity and protection, praised by local medicine men for its healing powers.

Scholars: Joe, Cindy, and Emerald Tanner

June 22 - 28, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $5,510 / $5,000
Nonmember: $5,635 / $5,125
Deposit: $2,000

A Study in Clay: Ancestral Pueblo Pottery Workshop


Earth, water, fire, and air combine in the making of pottery—one of the most enduring of Southwestern arts. Pottery making on the Colorado Plateau is a tradition that started nearly fifteen centuries ago when the ancestral Pueblo people began making vessels in the shape of gourds. By the thirteenth century, their pottery had evolved into many beautiful styles, including Mesa Verde Black-on-white, the type of pottery we emphasize during this program.

Scholars: Gregory Wood, Julián Alejandro Hernández

May 31 - June 6, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $3,980 / $3,500
Nonmember: $4,105 / $3,625
Deposit: $1,500

Climate and Culture in the Southern Rockies


From the rugged volcanic terrain of the Jemez Mountains to the high desert of the Rio Grande gorge, traverse the complex landscapes that have shaped human development in this area for thousands of years. On our journey, we meet Pueblo tribal members whose traditional knowledge offers creative solutions to environmental challenges that different peoples have encountered and endured for centuries.

Scholars: Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Kyle Bocinsky

May 17–23, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $4,870 / $4,400
Nonmember: $4,995 / $4,525
Deposit: $2,000

Explorations in the Aztatlán World


The Aztatlán culture was one of the major cultural developments in late prehispanic northwest Mesoamerica (A.D. 900 to 1350+), but due to the scarcity of archaeological investigations over the past 50 years, it remains a little-understood cultural phenomenon.

Scholars: Michael Mathiowetz, John M. D. Pohl

March 30 - April 7, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $8,270 / $7,600
Nonmember: $8,395 / $7,725
Deposit: $4,000

Indigenous Landscapes: Photography Workshop


The ephemeral light of the desert Southwest calls to photographers and artists worldwide. Diné mother and daughter, Lapita Arviso and Tyana Arviso, join us from Cortez to guide a photographic journey through the remarkable canyon country of Bears Ears National Monument. Learn new techniques and elevate your imagery!

Scholars: Lapita Arviso, Tyana Arviso

September 20 - 25, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $3,320 / $3,000
Nonmember:  $3,445 / $3,125
Deposit: $1,500

Japan: Spiritual Beings in Trees


Join archaeologist Fumi Arakawa and Hopi artist Ramson Lomatewama on an exploration of the sacred nature of trees. Throughout human history, trees have provided an invaluable resource that has contributed to the rise and fall of empires.

Scholars: Fumi Arakawa, Ramson Lomatewama

October 13–24, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member:$19,250 / $16,000
Nonmember: $19,375 / $16,125
Deposit: $4,000

Wet Behind the Bears Ears: Backcountry Archaeology


Join Crow Canyon as we follow the path of least resistance through the impressive landscape of one of our newest national monuments. You will see signs of life all around, yet water seems scarce among the sandstone mesas and time-worn valleys unless you know where to look.

Scholars: Jonathan Till, Craig Childs

March 13–19 and September 11–17, 2020 

Tuition Single / Shared
Member: $5,260 / $5,000
Nonmember: $5,385 / $5,125
Deposit: $2,000