Learn excavation and lab techniques, then work alongside our archaeologists. You’ll dig at an archaeological site and then wash, catalog, and analyze ancient artifacts in the lab. It's an authentic, hands-on introduction to archaeology.
Join Crow Canyon for a 1-3 week adventure in this exclusive hands-on introduction to archaeology. Help our team of professional archaeologists at a working excavation site and learn to sort and identify artifacts in our laboratory. At our pithouse and pueblo learning centers, you can try your hand at spear-throwing with an atlatl, making fire with a bow & spindle, and playing traditional American Indian games. Top off the week with a special all-day tour of nearby Mesa Verde National Park! Learn about the different periods of occupation of the ancestral Pueblo Indians and gain a new appreciation for culture, anthropology, archaeology, environmental stewardship, human interaction with the environment, research, scientific methodology, and cultural preservation. Come and get your hands dirty on our 170-acre campus located in the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest in Cortez, Colorado.
Middle school students must be at least 12 years of age; high school students must be at least 14 years of age. Some scholarships are available.
Crow Canyon’s experiential education adventures have won the Society for American Archaeology Award for Excellence in Public Education and the Colorado Historical Society Stephen H. Hart Award for Leadership in Educational Programming. Crow Canyon was named among 10 best adventure camps for kids by USA Today in 2015.
Three camps are available for teens each summer:
Middle School Archaeology Camp, One week
High School Archaeology Camp, One week
High School Field School, Three weeks
High School Field School students become part of our research team, working with our archaeologists on the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Through this in-depth summer enrichment program for teens, you can earn credit and gain experience that will look great on a college application or a resume.
Activities and Features
Academic General Academics Math Science History
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Backpacking Hiking
Miscellaneous Environmental Farming
Other Activities archaeology excavation lab analysis cultural studies science math critical thinking
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 23390 Road K
Cortez CO, 81321 USA
800-422-8975 ext 457 (tel.) View Map
Winter Address 23390 Road K
Cortez, Colorado, 81321 USA
800-422-8975 ext 457 (tel.)