New Mexico/Colorado/Arizona
Ancient Puebloans: Mesas, Monuments, Canyons and More
Dive into the history of the ancestral Pueblo People as you learn about their prehistoric villages, explore the region’s National Parks and visit important sites with an archaeologist.
Program No. 11010RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Chimney Rock, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Aztec, Canyon de Chelly, and Chaco Canyon — investigate these large archaeological sites in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico to better understand the early Puebloan lifestyle in the Southwest.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Hiking up to five miles daily over varied terrain. Some hikes involved significant elevation gains, cliffs and ladders. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Accompanied by an archaeologist, address how regional climate, geology and agriculture influenced the lives of the Ancient Pueblo Indians.
  • At each spectacular site, learn how these indigenous people faced the challenges which presented themselves in each region, study their unique connection to the land and learn about the development of Puebloan cultural groups.
  • View the remains of an incredibly complex civilization and gain perspective on how Native Americans retain ancestral traditions while adapting to the present-day.
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Richard Friedman
Richard Friedman is an archaeologist with decades of experience researching Chacoan culture, who has done extensive work using state-of-the-art technology for cultural and archeological resource documentation, management, and research. He has participated in projects with the National Park Service, the Navajo Nation, the Bureau of Land Management, NASA, the Solstice Project and the University of Colorado, and has co-authored several papers on Chacoan archaeology and the use of remote sensing technology.
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