Meridian Migrations: Destination Paquimé

2019 meridian migration

Study the trade routes, architectural styles, and cultures of the Chaco Meridian as you travel through time in Chihuahua

November 4–11, 2019 

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457. 

Join Steve Lekson and Michael Mathiowetz on an investigate journey of the Chaco Meridian, a trade and travel route connecting Chaco Canyon and Paquimé. Travel to the land of Chihuahua to trace ancient civilizations and the earliest inhabitants of this landscape. Spend the week visiting archaeological sites and museums, discussing theories, and learning about possible connections.


  • Investigate possible connections between Chaco Canyon and other ancient civilizations on the way to Paquimé.
  • Learn from scholars, Steve Lekson and Michael Mathiowetz.
  • Travel to archaeological and culturally significant sites throughout Chihuahua.

Meridian Migrations: Destination Paquimé

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip For You?
  4. FAQs
  5. Terms & Policies

Steve Lekson

Stephen H. Lekson, Ph.D., is professor of anthropology and curator of archaeology at the University of Colorado. He has proposed many of the most provocative theories of Southwestern archaeology, including his contention that the ceremonial center of Chaco Canyon moved first to Aztec Ruins and then to Casas Grandes (Paquime).



Michael Mathiowetz

Michael Mathiowetz, Ph.D., is an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory and history of indigenous people spanning the U.S. Southwest, northern Mexico, and west Mexico. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork both in the United States and in Mexico, including in California, Arizona, Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Nayarit, and Jalisco. His ongoing research examines the long-distance interaction that occurred between ancient Mesoamerican and Puebloan societies and the present-day continuities.

All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:

The Quality Inn Chihuahua - With all the comfort and facilities of a grand hotel. The Quality Inn Chihuahua makes the traveler feel at home with personalized service. It is located in the Historical Center and the most important financial and commercial area of Chihuahua next to the Cathedral.

Hotel Hacienda - Hotel Hacienda welcomes you to witness the story, live the legacy, and experience the magic of this wonderful ancestral land. They offer a cozy place to relax and enjoy the area.

Hotel Casa Grande Sierra - Hotel Casa Grande Sierra is a boutique hotel in Madera, one of the villages you will be visiting. The hotel features a great indoor pool, a beautiful garden terrace, comfortable rooms, and a fire pit to enjoy at night.


Some days of this program will involve hiking up to two miles per day on uneven, rocky, and un-established trails. Some routes may be impeded by boulders and low-angle bedrock. While staff members are available for assistance, you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standard staircase step to navigate around boulders and on bedrock. You may be required to hike up and down hillsides for final access to sites.


Facilities and amenities may be limited as you visit and travel through remote locations. Bathroom stops are provided, but some may be limited on toiletry supplies. We will offer a simple toiletry kit to keep in your day bag. Please note that some van rides will be up to four hours long.

Remote Facilities?

There will be modern facilities available throughout the trip. The drives should be no longer than an hour without stops in between.

Cultural Sensitivity?

This program includes visits to Pueblo communities. Each Pueblo operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its own rules for visitors. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your journey. Please be respectful of any and all rules during visits to these Pueblos. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center practices “visiting with respect” with each and every Pueblo, home, and family. There may be instances where you are invited in a Pueblo home. Know that these can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities. Alcohol is prohibited on tribal lands. Also, while some English is spoken and our outfitter is available for translation, any effort to converse in Spanish is always appreciated by locals.

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.

If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?

If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

We should be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions while on the trip. Make sure to inform us when you register.

Are there any vaccines or medicines that I have to get for this trip?

Crow Canyon does not recommend any particular vaccines or medical treatments. We ask that you please reference the Center for Disease Control and Prevent or your physician for all health information. Here is the link to their information for travelers to Mexico.

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations team works hard all year planning these incredible trips. If you have questions regarding the itinerary, accommodations, travel, etc. please reach out to Todd Kearns by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970-564-4357.

If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.

Tuition & Reservation

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457. 

Single Tuition
  Member*: $5,395
  Nonmember: $5,520

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $4,895
  Nonmember: $5,020

Deposit (due at time of registration): $1,000
*If you are interested in becoming a Crow Canyon member, please contact our Enrollment Specialists.

Registration Deadline: September 5, 2019

To Register:
Call: 800-422-8975, ext. 457
E-mail: [email protected]


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