ABOUT CROW CANYON


Groundbreaking research.
Transformational programs.
Meaningful partnerships.

Mission Statement


The mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is to empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge.

Value Statement


In all things, we seek to increase cultural understanding and continuity; be respectful and inclusive of all people and cultures; display humility and open-mindedness; be curious and embrace discomfort; inspire ourselves and others to learn; and inspire ourselves and others to learn.

Norms


Who we are as people and the culture we create for ourselves and others. Bravery and courage…in practice with each other. 

  • Listen for understanding – not defensive
  • Lean into open-mindedness – not fixed
  • Respectful across differences – not fragile
  • Accountable to to each other – not isolated
  • Practice humility – not arrogance
  • Learn from mistakes – not blaming

Message from
President & CEO Liz Perry


“At Crow Canyon we believe that possessing detailed knowledge about our shared humanity generates cultural understanding, empathy, and respect for others.

We believe that possessing this knowledge bolsters resilience and helps people make better decisions in their lives and work. Crow Canyon’s scholars are in a unique position to contribute value to the world in this moment: a perspective on how science, Indigenous knowledge, and appreciation for other cultures can create solutions in the present and future.”

See more on our campus located in the beautiful and unique region of Southwest Colorado

History


Crow Canyon was founded on the idea that members of the public could play an important role in archaeological research. Each year, we welcome people of all ages to our campus near Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. Crow Canyon is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Timeline


Our visual timeline takes you through the history and milestones of Crow Canyon.

The Research Institute


The Research Institute at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is dedicated to the belief that archaeology can address many of the challenges facing society in the twenty-first century. Learn about our interdisciplinary network of scholars—archaeologists, economists, geographers, sociologists, educators, and indigenous culture specialists, among others—whose collaborative approach to research is especially suited to addressing big questions with large and complex datasets.

Focus on Education


Crow Canyon’s mission is to empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge.

Everything we do from programs to outreach is informed by our belief that possessing detailed knowledge about our shared humanity generates cultural understanding, empathy, and respect for others.

Committed to American Indian Knowledge


The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center acknowledges the Pueblo, Ute, Diné (Navajo), Jicarilla Apache, and Paiute people on whose traditional homelands we work and reside. We are grateful to all Indigenous people who continue to preserve and protect cultural traditions, maintain ancestral relationships, and steward these lands.

Join Us


Take a look at our Careers page and learn more about jobs, internships, and our career pathways.

Awards and Recognition


Crow Canyon’s contributions to American archaeology and education have been widely recognized by numerous professional and governmental entities.

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