Archaeology of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park

Field Trip, (this trip is full and closed to new registration)

Friday, April 19–Sunday, April 21, 2013

Join us for a trip into the southern borderlands of Mesa Verde as we travel with Native American guides into the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. The park was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of 80 World Destinations for Travel in the 21st Century—one of only nine places in the United States to receive this special designation.

We will meet our guides at the remote eastern gate into the Ute tribal lands, which will allow us access to archaeological sites in the North Line Canyon, including Tree House, Lion House, Morris #5, and Eagles Nest. This all-day tour offers you a unique opportunity to learn about Ute Indian history and rock art, in addition to gaining a distinctive Native American interpretation of Ancestral Puebloan culture, rock art, and artifacts. We have also made special arrangements for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Southern Ute Museum in Ignacio and the newly opened Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Center with museum curator and manager Tara Travis.

Accommodations for our weekend trip will be the beautiful 200-acre Blue Lake Ranch in Hesperus, Colorado. This private retreat center is located in the La Plata River Valley and allows us easy access to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. The ranch offers spacious accommodations, fabulous food, and opportunities for bird- and wildlife-watching and stargazing. This is a trip you will not want to miss.

Activity Level: Moderately strenuous, with walking distances of up to 2 miles roundtrip with several ladders to negotiate (5-foot to 25-foot climbs) in order to access the archaeological sites.

Cost (per person): $630 (standard double occupancy), $675 (luxury double occupancy), and $760 (standard single occupancy). Price includes group transportation from SAR, entrance and guide fees in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park and the Southern Ute Museum, two nights’ accommodations at Blue Lake Ranch, and all meals starting with lunch on April 19 and ending with breakfast on April 21.

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