The Campus

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is located on a 170-acre campus about 4 miles northwest of the town of Cortez in southwestern Colorado. Crow Canyon is 15 miles west of the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park and 40 miles northeast of the Four Corners Monument, where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. Views from campus extend from Mesa Verde to Sleeping Ute Mountain to the 13,000-foot peaks of the La Plata Mountains.

Campus facilities include the Gates Archaeology Laboratory, which houses classrooms, education and research laboratories, offices, and a small gift shop; a lodge, which contains the dining hall and a lounge; six comfortable, modern cabins, built in 2015; and ten comfortable, rustic cabins modeled after Navajo hogans. Two learning centers—one a replica of an ancient pithouse, the other a reconstructed pueblo—overlook campus from opposite hillsides.

Crow Canyon is open to drop-in visitors from April 1 through October 31, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A free, one-hour campus tour is offered every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m., May 25–September 30, 2016. 

Interested in learning more about archaeology and Crow Canyon's research? Take our Archaeology Day Tour.

Driving Directions

From the intersection of Highway 491 and County Road L northwest of Cortez, turn west on Road L. Drive about 1 mile to Road 23 (watch for Crow Canyon sign), and turn left. In about 1 mile, Road 23 curves to the left and turns into Road K, which in turn becomes Crow Canyon's driveway.

Free parking is available in our visitor parking area.

Traveling by Air

The Cortez Municipal Airport, located about 15 minutes from campus, is served by Boutique Airlines (via Denver and Phoenix). The Durango–La Plata County Airport, located about 80 minutes from campus, is served by United Express (via Denver) and American Airlines (via Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth). Crow Canyon will provide shuttle transportation to and from both airports at no extra charge to program participants. Alternatively, you may fly into one of the following cities and rent a car: Farmington, New Mexico (75 miles to Cortez); or Albuquerque, New Mexico (about a 5-hour drive to Cortez).