Deep in the canyons of Utah lies an entire ancient civilization where our Anasazi descendants resided hundreds of centuries ago. Their cultural remnants have been discovered and preserved over the years, and left accessible to those eager to hike through the massive, remote canyons to find them. During this NEW Telluride Academy program, you will spend your days hiking into prehistoric hidden pueblos, searching the red sands for old fragments of Native American pottery, and admiring the hundreds of petroglyphs painted onto the towering rock walls. We will also spend a full day paddling our way down the San Juan River, where we will discover ruins only accessible to those willing to brave its swift waters. A short distance from the shoreline are rock art panels dating back to 2000BC, and a two-story cliff dwelling that tells the story of how our ancestors used to survive in the rugged Southwest. These ruins are fascinating reminders of the strength, perseverance, and talents of these ancient cultures. Join us on this exciting new Rivers and Ruins program if you are looking to embark on a unique and exciting adventure, while gaining new perspective on the people who dwelled in this land before us.
General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and Greet. Pack up the van and depart for triple overnight. Meal plan and group shop in Cortez. Set up camp in Butler Wash and evening hike to Fish Mouth Cave.
Tuesday: Explore the ancient rock art and cliff dwellings at Cold Spring Cave and Procession Panel.
Wednesday: River trip with Wild Rivers Expeditions! Enjoy a day of river adventure and guided exploration of the River House and other Anasazi ruins. Hike Wolfman Panel on the way back to camp.
Thursday: AM hike to Monarch Cave and drive back to Telluride. Hugs and high-fives. Parent pick-up.
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.