The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the Ancestral Pueblo people (also called the Anasazi) in the Mesa Verde region. The area is known to have 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 archaeological research that advances our collective understanding of the Pueblo past. Programs are available to college students, teachers, school groups, and lifelong learners. The Center's research and education programs are developed in collaboration 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 seminars throughout the greater Southwest and around the world tours that provide additional opportunities for the study of Native cultures, past and present.
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.
Price varies by program
Price varies by program
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.
Accommodations on the Crow Canyon campus include three meals every day. Meals feature delectable, healthy entrees, along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bring water bottles, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes or boots.
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.
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.
A salad bar and vegetable dishes are available for those who favor vegetarian meals.
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