TOURS | Explore the Wonders of the Past
From the remote jungles of Honduras to the pristine rivers of the American Southwest, our archaeological tours promise exciting adventure. Whether you like touring Maya temples or learning about North American rock art, you’ll be sure to find a Conservancy tour that fits your interest. For more than 20 years, the Conservancy has conducted tours ranging in length from four days to two weeks. Expert guides always accompany our tours, providing unique insights about the places we visit. Tour regions include the American Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest, as well as Mexico and Central & South America; and now Canada too. Click on the links below to learn more about our upcoming tours!
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2019 Chaco Canyon in Depth
Dr. John Roney explains the midden at Casamero Pueblo, a small Chaco outlier.
We get a very informative lecture on Navajo rugs at Richardson’s Trading Post in Gallup.
Ladder at Acoma Pueblo
The Chacoan great kiva at Salmon Ruins. Salmon is a large Chaco outlier on the San Juan River.
Dr. Susan Ryan tells us about Haynie Pueblo, a large Chaco outlier near Cortez, Colorado. Haynie is a Conservancy preserve currently being excavated by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Chimney Rock Pueblo is a Chaco outlier high on a mountain in Colorado. It has important ceremonial and astronomical status.
At the northern lunar standstill every 18.6 years, the full moon rises between the twin peaks of Chimney Rock.
Conservancy President Mark Michel tells us about Aztec Ruins which was built in the early 1100s as a possible replacement center for the Chaco Culture.
In Chaco Canyon, we visit Pueblo Bonito, the largest Chaco great house.
Pueblo Bonito had some 800 rooms and was five stories high at its peak in A.D. 1100.
Multiple kivas, including great kivas, are important parts of Pueblo Bonito.
The full moon rises over Pueblo Bonito.
At our camp in Chaco Canyon, we practice throwing spears with an atlatl.
Our group climbs to the north rim of Chaco Canyon for a spectacular view of the ruins below.
Pueblo Bonito from the canyon rim.
Casa Rinconada in Chaco Canyon is the largest great kiva at about 65 feet in diameter.
Our group poses in front of Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, the site of the sun dagger an astronomical observatory.
Join us in Villahermosa, Mexico for an exciting look at the Olmec, Totonac, Huastec, Aztec and Spanish cultures that have dominated the region for thousands of years. Nestled in a tropical paradise, lost cities, unique architecture, and archaeological sites that defy current cultural classification await our arrival. Joining us will be Dr. Jeff Blomster, a leading scholar on the cultures of Mesoamerica at George Washington University. Learn More.
From A.D. 300 until 900, a brilliant culture flourished in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico – the Classic Maya. Accompanying us on our tour of some of their most splendid sites will be Dr. Scott Hutson, professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology at the University of Kentucky. Learn More.
From 1542 to the 1769, early explorers established missions from San Diego to San Francisco. On our tour of the San Diego area, we will take an in-depth look into some of these missions, as well as the archaeology of the native people, which will tell us the story of their unique existence before and after the arrival of the Spanish. Learn More.
Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where you’ll float through Dinosaur National Monument and experience incredible scenery first described by explorer John Wesley Powell. On our 70-mile journey down the Yampa and Green Rivers you’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters. Greg Udall, a Utah archaeologist, will accompany the tour. Learn More.