Chaco's Living Legacy: Timeless & Threatened

2019 chaco

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See first-hand the clear, strong connection between life at Chaco Canyon and the descendant communities of today

April 28–May 4, 2019

While many think that the height of life at Chaco Canyon was thousands of years ago, members of descendent communities in the surrounding areas understand that it continues to live and thrive today. You will have the opportunity to meet with members from Zuni, Laguna, and Acoma Pueblos.


  • Visit Chaco Canyon with expert scholars to get a true look at this incredible archaeological site.
  • Learn from descendent community members about the ways in which Chaco lives on in their culture, lifeways, and ceremonies.
  • Experience other ancient sites like Pueblo Bonito and Casa Rinconada.

About the Chaco's Living Legacy Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip For You?
  4. FAQs
  5. Terms & Policies

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan, Ph.D., has worked at Crow Canyon since 1998 and is now the Director of Archaeology. She codirected the Shields Pueblo excavation project from 1998 to 2000 and was project director of the Albert Porter Pueblo excavation project from 2001 to 2004. Her research interests include the nature and extent of Chacoan influence in the northern Southwest, the A.D. 1130–1180 drought, and the built environment.



Dan Simplicio

Dan Simplicio (Zuni) joined Crow Canyon in 2014. Simplicio is fluent in the Zuni language and has worked as a cultural resource specialist for the Zuni Historic Preservation Office. He has done archaeological fieldwork throughout the Southwest and is an accomplished silversmith and fetish jeweler. His experience includes lithic and ceramic analysis, NAGPRA repatriation and consultations, and sacred site identification.

All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:

Hotel Chaco - Situated in Albuquerque's Historic Old Town and near the new urban Sawmill districts, Hotel Chaco is a boutique hotel that beckons to luxury travelers seeking authentic original experiences. This Old Town Albuquerque hotel is the most distinct hotel in all of New Mexico. The unique room layouts and Albuquerque suites are designed by world-famous architecture firm Gensler, and feature authentic southwest interior design, along with one of the best collections of contemporary Native American/New Mexican art on display.

Best Western Plus Gallup - Located in the Heart of Gallup, this hotel is the perfect location for exploring the city. It is located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and parks. Amenities include WiFi, complimentary breakfast, a gym, indoor pool, and more.

Holiday Inn Express - While lodging at this contemporary hotel, you'll find that there are tons of attractions nearby in Grants, New Mexico. Amenities include WiFi, complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool, and whirlpool.

A few of the program days involve hiking up to three miles per day on uneven, rocky, and un-established trails. Some routes may be impeded by boulders and low-angle bedrock. While staff members are available for assistance, you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standard staircase step. The Pueblo of Acoma is located on a precipitous butte. If you have a fear of heights, you may opt out of this site tour. We will be going off-the-beaten-path for many sites listed on the itinerary. Access to these sites may include bumpy, two-track dirt roads for up to 25 miles at a time.


The elevation levels for this trip range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.

Remote Facilities?

This program includes travel through rural and somewhat remote areas. Facilities and amenities may be limited during the day.

Cultural Sensitivity?

This program includes visits to Pueblo communities. Each Pueblo operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its own rules for visitors. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your journey. Please be respectful of any and all rules during visits to these Pueblos. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center practices “visiting with respect” with each and every Pueblo, home, and family. There may be instances where you are invited in a Pueblo home. Know that these can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities. Alcohol is prohibited on tribal lands.

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.

If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?

If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations team works hard all year planning these incredible trips. If you have questions regarding the itinerary, accommodations, travel, etc., please reach out to David Boyle by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970-564-4360. If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.

Tuition & Reservation

Single Tuition
  Member*: $3,575
  Nonmember: $3,700

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $2,995
  Nonmember: $3,120

Deposit (due at time of registration): $500
*If you are interested in becoming a Crow Canyon member, please contact our Enrollment Specialists.

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