Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, CO
Award Type: Honor Award
Colorado’s rugged landscape is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise – but it’s also an archaeological treasure trove. Thanks to the work of this remarkable organization, fragile links with America’s past are kept safe so that all of us can explore them, learn from them – and be amazed by them.
For 25 years, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center located in Anasazi country in southwestern Colorado, has been dedicated to teaching, preserving and understanding the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the Anasazi) who inhabited the canyons of the Mesa Verde region more than 700 years ago. Through its innovative educational programs and outreach efforts, the Center has grown rapidly and has presented these rare and fragile archaeological resources to a vast audience.
Crow Canyon, founded in 1983, has evolved from a small school that operated out of trailers and teepees on a parcel of rugged land outside Cortez, CO, into an internationally-recognized non-profit research and educational institution. The Center actively engages people of all ages in its archaeological research and works to educate the public on the importance of preserving cultural resources. The Center's award-winning experiential educational programs have made it clear that history is not a static textbook story, but rather, a dynamic and evolving process for understanding both the past and the present.