Fremont: Ute & Pueblo Perspectives and Pathways

Fremont 625x375

Investigate possible connections between the Fremont past and Pueblo and Ute cultures of today

May 19-25, 2019

The unusual and threatened landscapes of the Fremont area span far and wide across Colorado and Utah. Spend a week with archaeologists, Native scholars, Pueblo community members, and others as we venture to understand how this unique culture carries on in pueblos and tribes today through language, rock imagery, and archaeological evidence.


  • Explore Shavano Valley with Carol Patterson and see archaeological sites and a plethora of rock art panels that depict Ute culture.
  • Stay at the Gateway Canyons Resort, named the #1 secluded luxury resort in Colorado by Travel and Leisure.
  • Engage in deep conversation with scholars and guests about the rich archaeological and cultural history of the area.

About the Fremont Perspectives Program

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

Porter Swentzell

Porter Swentzell, Ph.D. (Santa Clara Pueblo), is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His interests include language, cultural preservation, place-based education, and sovereignty.


Rebecca Hammond

Becky Hammond (Ute Mountain Ute) has been an educator at Crow Canyon since 1997 and brings an important cultural perspective to Crow Canyon’s work. In addition to being a teacher, Hammond is also a bead artist. Taught by her grandmother in traditional beading techniques, Becky enjoys drawing on both traditional Ute and ancestral Pueblo designs to create her own contemporary style of artwork.


Carol Patterson, Ph.D, is an archaeologist and principal investigator for Urraca Archaeological Services in Montrose, Colorado. She taught cultural anthropology and archaeology at Colorado Mesa University and Metropolitan State University, Colorado. She has published a number articles and books on rock art interpretation, including the rock art found on the Uncompahgre Plateau and Shavano Valley Petroglyph site.

Glade Hadden recently retired as the primary archaeologist for the Uncompahgre-BLM for the past 13 years. Throughout his 40-year career as an archaeologist and naturalist, Glade has served as Principle Investigator for a variety of archaeological projects throughout Western Colorado. His colorful and sincere style of story-telling about human history and place have earned Glade a seat in many lecture series and seminars.

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:

Gateway Canyons Resort - Discover a place where wonder, adventure and relaxation meet, creating a flawless Colorado luxury resort vacation. Gateway Canyons Resort serves as your luxurious quarters in the heart of it all. Built by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, the resort offers the perfect stay for every inquiring soul. Gateway Canyons Resort offers experiences found nowhere else on Earth.

Hampton Inn Grand Junction Downtown - This comfortable 3-star hotel is located in the heart of downtown Grand Junction on historic, tree-lined Main Street. You will find restaurants, galleries, museums and shops just outside your door. On May 19th, you will be able to enjoy the last day of the Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival and meander through four blocks of the Grand Junction Horizon Sunrise Rotary Beer & Wine Garden. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, gym, and fire pit.


Several of the hikes involve walking in sandy and rocky drainages and others involved hiking in and out of canyons with occasional points of exposure. 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. We will be going to remote locations for many sites listed on the itinerary. Access to these sites may include bumpy, two-track dirt roads for up to three miles at a time.


The elevation levels for this trip range from 5,000 to 6,000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.

Remote Facilities?

While we take advantage of restroom facilities along our travels, many are not available at trailheads or throughout the hikes planned for this program. We will offer a simple “hiker’s toiletry kit” if you want one, and we always practice “Leave No Trace” ethics.

Cultural Sensitivity?

We will traverse a sacred landscape – the ancestral homeland of descendent communities. It is a violation of the Society for American Archaeology code of ethics for program participants to keep any artifacts or other cultural or paleontological remains from any archaeological site, and it is against the law for participants to keep any such materials collected from state or federal land. It is our hope that you become site stewards, and help us preserve our national heritage for future generations.

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. Not having travel insurance means a risk of losing your full deposit and any other payments 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 expect 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.

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 Kate Thompson by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970.564.4395.

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

Single Tuition
  Member*: $4,605
  Non-member: $4,730

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $3,895
  Non-member: $4,020

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

Registration is now closed.

For more information:

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

Find Special Offers here