Archaeology Research Program

Excavate alongside our archaeologists at the Haynie site

2020 Dates:
August 2 – 8, 2020
September 13 – 19, 2020
September 20 – 26, 2020 (Alum Week)

Registration for 2020 research programs is now open! Hurry, please call our Enrollment Specialists today!

In 2017, Crow Canyon archaeologists launched a new multiyear project, the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. The focus of the project is the Haynie site, a significant ancestral Pueblo village located just northeast of Cortez. The Haynie site contains two Chaco–period (A.D. 1050–1140) great houses and numerous small houses. It's part of one of the densest concentrations of great houses north of Aztec Ruins National Monument. Join us this year at the Haynie site and in our research lab!


  • Learn excavation techniquesthen excavate alongside our archaeologists. What will you discover?
  • Work in our archaeology lab, helping to wash, identify, and analyze ancient artifacts.
  • Explore the cliff dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde National Park on a day-long guided tour (for participants new to Crow Canyon). Alums spend more time in the field.
  • Enjoy evening talks on current topics in Southwestern archaeology. 

Complete schedules:


To our valued participants: We appreciate your support and welcome your registration in our programs. Given the ongoing uncertainty around social distancing and travel guidelines, we are no longer requiring deposits upon registration. This will allow a smooth process for both our travelers and our organization if it becomes necessary to cancel additional programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions about this policy for our Cultural Exploration programs, please contact Tayler Hasbrouck at 970-564-4366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With questions about any of our other on-campus programs please contact Laura Brown at 970-564-4346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.