Hands-On Hopi Pottery at Capitol Reef National Park
Come witness the ancient rock art, inspiring landscapes and geological story of Capitol Reef National Park, where you’ll learn the traditions of Hopi pottery from an expert Hopi potter.
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Program No. 20698RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
18 meals
6B 6L 6D
Capitol Reef National Park Visit
Capitol Reef National Park
Pottery Project
Capitol Reef National Park
Designing Pottery
Capitol Reef National Park
Program Concludes
Salt Lake City, UT
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At a Glance

Hopi pottery is the most sought-after Native pottery in the Southwest and few outsiders have been taught the unique, intricate process used to create it. Learn the secrets of this art form from an expert Hopi potter. Begin with clay from the local Hopi clay pit and set off on a hands-on journey to create your own work of art, culminating in your firing the piece by the traditional method. As your pottery dries between each phase, study the geologic forces behind the ancient landscapes Southwest Natives have called home for centuries.
Activity Level
Walking one-half mile on uneven ground, standing 30 minutes; climbing a few stairs. Elevations of 4,500 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Fremont Indian State Park and discover rock art of Native peoples who inhabited the area until 1200 and have lunch at Big Rock Candy Mountain.
  • With an expert in Hopi pottery making, experience the spiritual element of crafting pottery from natural materials provided solely by the earth.
  • Delve into the unique features of Capitol Reef National Park and its 275-million-year-old geologic history.
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Gary E. Nielsen
Gary has been developing and leading Road Scholar Programs since 1985. He has taught courses in Leadership Development, Recreation Management, Travel and Business Management at Colgate University, Colorado Mountain College and Utah Valley University. For many of years, Gary has worked with Road Scholar full-time where he develops and leads over 35 weeks of Road Scholar Program per year. He loves all outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, Rock Hounding and riding ATVs.
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