Mimbres Archaeology

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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Gila Cliff Dwellings

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Amerind Museum

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Gila Wilderness

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The Gila Cliff Dwellings canyon

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October 23–29, 2017

Delve into the mysterious Mimbres culture, which developed more than 900 years ago in what is now remote southwestern New Mexico. The Mimbres Classic period (A.D. 1000–1130) coincided with the “classic” period of other complex social systems in the Southwest, such as Pueblo and Hohokam. Classic Mimbres black-on-white pottery reached a pinnacle of expression unique in the region.


  • Hike to cliff dwellings and rock art panels in the Mimbres and Gila Valleys
  • Tour outstanding museum collections
  • Savor the rustic luxury of Bear Mountain Lodge, our "base camp" at the edge of the Gila Wilderness

Note: Mimbres pottery not depicted due to cultural concerns.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Pat GilmanPatricia (Pat) Gilman, Ph.D., professor emerita at the University of Oklahoma, is a renowned Mimbres expert. Her research includes early pit structure villages of the Mimbres region and Mimbres Puebloan sites. She has worked on many excavations in the area. Pat is the author and editor of many publications, including Mimbres Society (University of Arizona Press).



Paul MinnisPaul Minnis, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, is an archaeologist and ethnobotanist who combines archaeology and anthropology to understand how tribal societies dealt with severe food shortages. In his book, Social Adaptation to Food Stress (University of Chicago Press), he views the Mimbres region through a global lens, with comparisons to other tribes around the world. He is a sought-after lecturer, author, and expert on Southwestern archaeology.

Guest scholar: Marilyn Markel, site manager and education director, Mimbres Culture Heritage Site

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and lodges. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $585. Rooms at Bear Mountain Lodge are limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Group size is limited to 16. This program begins and ends in Tucson, Arizona. All travel is by Crow Canyon vehicle. Some drives are long and may include travel on remote dirt roads and winding mountain roads. This program does not involve strenuous activity, but access to most sites requires walks of up to 2 miles round-trip on uneven terrain.

If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in a Crow Canyon trip, please contact us before registering.

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 Tucson, Arizona, on October 23, 2017, until departure from Tucson on October 29, 2017. Transportation to and from Tucson is your responsibility.

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 August 23, 2017, $200 handling fee; after August 23, 2017, 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

$2,995 (member*)
$3,120 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: August 23, 2017

Space for this program is now subject to lodging availability. Please call before registering.

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

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