Crow Canyon Archaeological Center: Dig In!

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is a 170-acre research center and living classroom offering hands-on archaeology programs and small group tours of Southwest Colorado led by archaeologists and American Indian scholars. This experience offers a broader understanding of Ancestral Puebloan culture in Southwest Colorado. Be an archaeologist for the day! Visit a current excavation site, tour a working archaeology lab, and explore the fascinating history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians. Tours are offered every Wednesday and Thursday, May through September. Reservations can be made by calling 800-422-8975 ext. 146, or go to Crow Canyon also offers free one-hour campus tours every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m. late May through mid-October. Chaco Outliers Project And, new—in 2017—you can be among the first to excavate at the Haynie site near Cortez, a new multi-year study. Haynie features two Chaco-period Great Houses (A.D. 1050–1140). Your work will help researchers understand Chaco influence in the Mesa Verde region and the changing human and environment relationships during the A.D. 1130–1180 drought.

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations required for full-day program
  • Fee for full-day program includes lunch

Main Attractions

  • Excavation Site
  • Laboratory

Amenities & Services

  • Education Center
  • Research Facility
  • Gift Shop

Getting There

Located northwest of Cortez, 23390 Road K
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