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Tentative Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2020 

SJBAS members have proposed the following field trips for 2020. Please read General Information About Field Trips and check forthcoming issues of the Moki Messenger and monitor this webpage for updates. Field trip participants must be current SJBAS members. For information about these trips or to sign up, please contact the trip leaders directly.

This trip schedule is a "work in progress." Although we hope to go on the outings as planned, these dates and destinations are subject to change due to adverse weather or road conditions, unanticipated scheduling conflicts, or changes made by the leaders. Click on the hyperlinks for more information about trip destinations or meeting presentations.

SJBAS Field Trip Difficulty Ratings - Field Trip Difficulty Ratings provide a general sense for the physical difficulty of field trip activities expected under usual circumstances. Some trips will accommodate a range of abilities, but not all trips will accommodate all abilities. It is the participant’s responsibility to choose trips that are within his/her ability. If an SJBAS member is uncertain about a trip’s level of difficulty, the trip leader can provide more information for those considering signing up.

The following are SJBAS Field Trip Difficulty Ratings:

Easygoing
: Trip is suitable for members in reasonable health who have no problem walking on mostly smooth, relatively flat surfaces up to 1 mile. For example, touring a museum or pueblo, or participating in a walking tour in downtown Durango. Trips generally take place close to roads and support services.

Easy Active
:
Trip is suitable for active people in good health. Hikes are usually less than 3 miles on well-defined trails, with elevation gains and losses up to 400 feet. Trips generally take place within a few miles of roads, but not necessarily other support services.

Moderate
: Trip is suitable for energetic, experienced hikers. Hikes may be up to 7 miles, mostly on established trails that can be rocky and steep in places, with elevation gains and losses up to 2000 feet. Trips may take place in remote locations.

Hard
: Trip is suitable only for physically fit, strong hikers. Hikes are generally strenuous, may be longer than 7 miles, may be on poorly defined trails or off-trail, with elevation gains and losses greater than 2000 feet. Trips often take place in remote locations. Backpacking trips, by their very nature, would be considered “Hard.”

In addition to the following trips, there are several important conferences scheduled for this year, including the Pecos Conference. Check the Moki Messenger or our website, www.sjbas.org, for details.

Dates

Tentative Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2020

Updates are in red.

To update this schedule, email lylehancock54@gmail.com.

 Please contact trip leaders by phone or email for more information or to sign up.

Follow this link for a printer friendly 2020 Trip Schedule. 

January 8 SJBAS Meeting - Connie Massingale will present: “Creating Color in Prehistoric Art of the Southwest:  Pigment procurement, processing, and application in the pictographs and artifacts of Utah and beyond.”
February 12 SJBAS Meeting – Kellam Throgmorton will present: “Social Groups at the Basketmaker-Pueblo Transition: Interpretations from the Procession Panel.”
March 11 SJBAS Meeting - John Hoffecker will present: “The early Upper Paleolithic archaeology of the East European Plain.”
March 27 - 29 Bears Ears Exploration CANCELLED 3-day camping trip – We will camp in a dispersed campsite with pit toilets and hike to a variety of archaeological sites. On Sunday, we will meet for happy hour at Andrew Gulliford and Stephanie Moran’s house in Bluff. 4WD/HC vehicles are required. Participants must be fit and ready to hike all day. Difficulty rating: Moderate. Trip participation limit is 10. For more information or to sign up, contact Andy Gulliford at andy@agulliford.com
April 6 - 10 Grand Gulch Backpack CANCELLED 5-day backpacking trip. Specific route and distance depend on what permit we can get. Trip will include some off-trail hiking to Ancestral Puebloan sites. Difficulty rating: Hard. The trip participation limit is 8. For more information or to sign up, contact Lyle at lylehancock54@gmail.com
April 8 SJBAS Meeting - CANCELLED Richard Jenkinson will present: “Art of Dinetah.”
April 18 Rock Art near Bluff, Utah CANCELLED Day trip – This will be a full day of exploring rock art sites, including hiking Butler Wash to the San Juan River, walking to sites near Sand Island Campground, and hiking to the Sand Dune series of panels on the northwest edge of Bluff. We will meet for happy hour at Andrew Gulliford and Stephanie Moran’s house in Bluff. This is a full-day trip, so participants will likely want to camp or stay in a hotel in Bluff the night before. Difficulty rating: Easy Active. Trip participation limit is 10. For more information or to sign up, contact Andy Gulliford at andy@agulliford.com
May 8 Downtown Durango Walking Tour - CANCELLED Meet at train depot at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a 1.5-hour downtown Durango walking tour with historian Andrew Gulliford; walk north on Main Avenue to El Rancho, walk up to East 3rd Avenue and then south on 3rd back to depot. Participants will learn about Durango’s commercial and residential districts and colorful local history. Difficulty rating: Easygoing. Trip participation limit is 18. For more information or to sign up, contact Andy Gulliford at andy@agulliford.com.
May 13 SJBAS Meeting - CANCELLED Marilee White will present: “Reversing Archaeology: Ethiopia’s Ancient Stone-hewn Churches.”
May 15 - 18 PAAC Class in Durango – Ceramics - CANCELLED Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis - Ceramic technology, methods of manufacture, physical/stylistic analyses, and basic Colorado ceramic characteristics. Contact Tish Varney for details and to sign up: tishvarney@att.net.
June 1 - 4 Keet Seel Backpacking – CANCELLED TThis will be a four-day trip that includes car camping at Navajo National Monument and an overnight backpacking trip (8.5 miles each way) to Keet Seel, one of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings in the Southwest. A Park Service guide will provide a tour of the cliff dwellings. The backpack is rated by the Park Service as strenuous, plus backpackers may have to carry 6 liters of water per person. For those who want to stay for a fourth day there will be a guided five-mile round trip hike to Betatakin. Difficulty rating: Hard. Trip participation limit is 10. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Hunter McCleary at hunter.mccleary@gmail.com.
June 10 SJBAS Annual Picnic CANCELLED Edgemont Ranch Picnic Grounds
June 22 - 24 Ohkay Owingeh Feast Day - CANCELLED 3-day motel trip to Santa Fe – Combine colorful feast day ceremonies at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo with other sites such as El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Bandelier National Monument, etc. Difficulty rating: Easygoing. Trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Rusty Chamberlain at chambrke@aol.com.
July 8 SJBAS Meeting - CANCELLED Wayne Lorenz will present: “New finds at Pompei.” 
TBD Fort Lewis College Field School - CANCELLED Day trip - Details will be forthcoming.
August 5 Chaco Landscapes: Sensory and Political Engagement with Place - CANCELLED  Archaeologist Ruth Van Dyke - 7:00 p.m. in Room 130, Noble Hall, at Fort Lewis College
August 7 - 9 Attend Pecos Conference near Mancos CANCELLED Camp at conference site or do day trips from Durango. Difficulty rating: Easygoing. For more information or to sign up, contact Foxie Mason at fmason@frontier.net
August 12 SJBAS Meeting - CANCELLED Liseth Louderback will present: “Potatoes of the Southwest.”
Early September Navajo Nation FairCANCELLED Window Rock, AZ – 2-day motel trip during first week of September. Difficulty rating: Easygoing. Trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Rusty Chamberlain at chambrke@aol.com
September 9 SJBAS social gathering CANCELLED Details will be forthcoming.
September 19 John W. Sanders Lecture - CANCELLED Trenton Holliday of Tulane University will present: "Meandering Neanderthals: A New Look at our Closest Fossil Relatives."
September 21 - 24 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5th Annual Astronomy Festival CANCELLED 3-day camping trip – Park Service programs may include astronomy, star gazing through powerful telescopes and talking with astronomers, site tours, campfire programs, and a sunrise program to observe the autumnal equinox. We will do one or two hikes to backcountry sites (4-5 miles each). Difficulty rating: Moderate. Reservations for campsites must be made by each SJBAS participant. For more information or to sign up, contact Paula Lutz at paula@durango.net.
October 5 - 7 Cedar Mesa Backcountry Sites – 3-day camping trip. We will camp for two nights in a dispersed campsite and hike to a variety of Ancestral Puebloan sites. 4WD/HC vehicles are required, and participants must be fit and ready to hike all day. Difficulty rating: Moderate. Trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock54@gmail.com.
October 2, 3, 9, or 10 Dinetah Pueblitos and rock art in Largo Canyon, New Mexico – This will be a day trip to visit three Navajo Pueblitos and several rock art panels. We will drive down through Aztec and return through Ignacio. The longest walk is mile over relatively flat terrain. 4WD/HC vehicles are required; however, if heavy rains occur during the preceding week, we may postpone the trip because of slippery roads. Difficulty rating: Easy Active. The trip participation limit is 16; we will arrange carpools. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Bob Powell at robertlpowell@durango.net or 970-385-8949.
October 9 - 11 Navajo Culture – CANCELLED - Crown Point Rug Auction, Hubbell Trading Post, maybe Canyon de Chelly - 2 to 3-day motel trip. Difficulty rating: Easygoing. For more information or to sign up, contact Randy Graham at rg44@bresnan.net.
October 14 SJBAS Meeting - Fred Blackburn will present: “Methodology and Documentation of Historic Names at Aztec Ruins”
October 8 - 13 Paquime / Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico - CANCELLED – 6-day motel trip – This tour of Paquime and nearby archaeological sites leaves by van from Deming, NM. The tour leader is retired archaeologist Paul Minnis who has conducted excavations in the Casas Grandes area and published widely. We will also visit Cave of the Olla, Cuarenta Casas, the Paquime Museum, and various nearby cliff dwellings and some rock art. There will be optional side-trips to nearby historic Hacienda San Diego and an 1880’s Mormon settlement. The town of Mata Ortiz is also known for its revivalist pottery industry inspired by Paquime. The cost is approximately $1,000/person double occupancy and includes lodging, most meals, and travel by van. The first and last nights in Deming are not covered. Dr. Minnis is not charging for his time but would appreciate it if each participant made a contribution to the archaeology institution of their choice. Difficulty rating: Easy Active. Trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Hunter McCleary at hunter.mccleary@gmail.com.
November 11 SJBAS Meeting - Fort Lewis College Student Union Ballroom - Rand Greubel, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, will present: “Archaeological Investigations: CDOT’s Highway 550-160 Connection Project on Florida Mesa.”
December 12 SJBAS Annual Meeting and Holiday Brunch – Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College
  Other Related Trips and Activities
June 11 - 16 San Juan River by Holiday Expeditions – Sand Island to Clay Hills - Andy Gulliford goes along as historian.
August 11 - 14 Green River rafting by Holiday Expeditions - Gates of Lodore - Andy Gulliford goes along as historian.
Not scheduled Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park by Holiday Expeditions - Weber Canyon horseback to Sandal House - day trip - Andy Gulliford goes along as historian.
October 17 International Archaeology Day