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.
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
Lyle 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 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.
. 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.