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.

"This trip will rank as the best archaeology expedition I have been on—from start to finish—absolutely perfect . . . . my idea of the perfect archaeological learning adventure is to explore sites with the experts in the area who are not normally accessible to the general public, and that is what you provided."
— Jaye, 2017 Hiking the Bears Ears program participant

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.