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Crow Canyon Archeological Center Cortez

Where is it at?

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Crow Canyon Archeological Center
23390 Road K
Tel: 1-800-422-8975


Crow Canyon is located just outside Cortez, Colorado. Follow Hwy 160 through downtown Cortez; bear right (north) on Hwy 491 (old Hwy 666). Follow Hwy 491 (old Hwy 666) north about 1.5 miles, staying in left lane. Watch for Crow Canyon sign on the right side of the highway. Turn left (west) on Road L. Drive about 1 mile (watch for Crow Canyon sign). Turn left onto Road 23. In about 1 mile, Road 23 curves to the left and turns into Road K, which in turn becomes Crow Canyon's driveway.

Where are we going today?

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the Anasazi) who inhabited the canyons and mesas of the Mesa Verde region more than 700 years ago. The area has one of the densest concentrations of well-preserved archaeological sites in the world, attracting the interest of archaeologists, and capturing the imagination of the public, for well over 100 years.
Crow Canyon's campus-based programs allow you to participate in actual archaeological research, making exciting discoveries in the field and laboratory that add to our collective understanding of the Pueblo past. Programs are available for families, adults, school groups, and teen campers. The Center's research and education programs are developed in consultation with American Indians, whose insights complement the archaeological perspective and add a unique cross-cultural dimension to your experience.
In addition, Crow Canyon offers educational travel programs throughout the greater Southwest and around the world tours that provide additional opportunities for the study of native cultures, both past and present.
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When can we go?

Spring, Summer, Fall

Teachers corner

Crow Canyon offers school group programs for grades 4 through 12, and a one-week course for educators. At Crow Canyon, we believe that the goal of education is to give students the intellectual tools they need to explore the world and think critically. We also believe the optimal educational environment encourages students to actively participate in the learning process. Visit our Web site for more information or to check out our online teacher resources..

I'm Hungry!

Accommodations on the Crow Canyon campus include three meals every day. Meals feature delectable, healthy entrees, along with fresh fruits and vegetables..

Healthy Eating!

A salad bar and vegetable dishes are available for those who favor vegetarian meals..

Any Top Tips?

Bring water bottles, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes or boots..

Doing our bit

Crow Canyon is surrounded by breathtaking views of Mesa Verde to the south and the towering Rocky Mountains to the north and east. The campus and excavation site are located on the high-desert plains of southwestern Colorado; the landscape is dotted with pinyons and junipers, and crevassed with deep canyons. The climate is generally hot and dry in the summer, with occasional afternoon showers..

Can I get one of those?

The Crow Canyon Gift Shop offers T-shirts, sweatshirts, and vests; hats and caps; authentic American Indian jewelry; mugs; archaeologist trowels; water bottles; sunscreen; sundries; disposable cameras; batteries; books; and posters. .

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    I went many years ago on a class trip and had a really amazing time

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