Backcountry Archaeology: The Bears Ears

The Bears Ears with wildflowers

Photo: Tim Peterson

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May 7–13, 2018

Experience the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, including the extraordinary landscapes of Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, and Elk Ridge. Hike through the backcountry, explore the area’s diverse archaeology, and gain perspectives from present-day native cultures with regard to preservation of cultural resources.

Highlights

  • Travel with a nationally recognized spokesperson for the establishment and preservation of the Bears Ears National Monument and an archaeologist whose research in the area is leading to a new understanding of ancestral Pueblo culture and communities.
  • Enjoy backcountry hikes to spectacular archaeological sites in Utah’s canyon country.
  • See ancient artifacts up close on a behind-the-scenes curation tour.

About this Program

  1. Scholar
  2. Accommodations
  3. Details

Lyle BalenquahLyle Balenquah (Hopi) is a member of the Greasewood clan from the village of Bacavi. He has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from Northern Arizona University. For more than 15 years, he has worked throughout the American Southwest as an archaeologist documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and lifeways. Currently he works as an independent consultant; his work experience includes time with the National Park Service, the Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He also works as a part-time hiking and river guide, combining his professional knowledge and training with personal insights about his ancestral history to provide a unique forum for public education. Lyle discusses Hopi rock art and Crow Canyon programs in this video:

 

Ben BelloradoBen Bellorado is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona. He has been living and working as an archaeologist in the Four Corners area for almost 20 years. Ben’s dissertation investigates how ancestral Pueblo people used wall murals and textiles as a powerful means of signaling their socioreligious identities among communities in the Mesa Verde region during the 13th century. Many of Ben’s research sites lie within the Bears Ears area.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $360.

Tuition
Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Cortez, Colorado, on May 7, 2018, until departure from Cortez on May 13, 2018. Transportation to and from Cortez is your responsibility.

Cancellation
All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before March 7, 2018, $200 handling fee; after March 7, 2018, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy


The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

Tuition & Reservation

$2,495 (member*)
$2,620 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: March 7, 2018

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation on or before March 7, 2018, $200 handling fee; after March 7, 2018, forfeiture of all payments. See details tab for more information.

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  800.422.8975, ext. 457
     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)

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