What to Bring
A water bottle, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses are recommended. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Rain gear might come in handy during the monsoon season (July and August).
Campus and Gift Shop
Crow Canyon’s beautiful, 170-acre campus features a large meadow, pinyon- and juniper-covered hillsides, and spectacular views of Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountains. A short nature trail winds through the woods. Buildings on campus include the lodge, cabins, and hogans for our guests, and the Gates Building, which houses classrooms and offices in addition to the lab.
Crow Canyon’s small gift shop carries a variety of reasonably priced items, including books and Crow Canyon logo items. All proceeds help support Crow Canyon’s programs.
Local Environment, Climate, and Weather
Crow Canyon is located in the high desert, where deep sandstone canyons dissect pinyon-, juniper-, and sage-covered plains, all against the distant backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The campus is located at an elevation of 6200 feet.
The Colorado sun is strong (ultraviolet exposure increases about 4 percent for every 1000 feet above sea level), and the air is generally very dry. In summer, daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-80s to low 90s but occasionally reach triple digits. In July and August (our monsoon season), it is not uncommon to get afternoon thunderstorms.
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