Housing and Meals

We encourage NEH scholars to stay on campus in order to become fully integrated members of the institute’s collegial learning community. NEH scholars are housed in comfortable Navajo-style log cabins (hogans). The cabins have electric heat and lights, but no television and no air conditioning. At nearly 6,191 feet in elevation, even summer nights can be chilly. The cabins are located in a quiet, secluded area of campus. Housing is shared—generally two to four people per cabin; single rooms are not available. You must provide your own bedding and towels. Shower and restroom facilities are adjacent to the cabins.

Approximate cost of housing for scholars staying on campus is $45 per night. Scholars will be charged 3 nights housing at Mesa Verde National Park at $76 per night and 3 nights housing in Santa Fe at $69 per night. Scholars will not be charged for housing on campus while traveling.

The dining hall is located in the Crow Canyon lodge. Crow Canyon has a chef; our meals are not typical institutional fare. Vegetarian options are available. Dinners and lunches include a salad bar. Coffee, lemonade, iced tea, and fresh fruit are available on campus all day. We do our best to accommodate special dietary needs upon request. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on campus average $40 per day with the exception of weekends. Scholars often choose to leave campus during these times to explore the surrounding area. Scholars will be expected to pay for their dinners while staying at Mesa Verde National Park and in Santa Fe.

The town of Cortez offers options for those who may need different accommodations; information regarding alternative housing will be provided upon request.

In addition to housing and dining facilities, the main buildings on the Crow Canyon campus contain classrooms, an education lab, archaeological research labs, a 5,000-volume research library, a temporary curation facility, a large comfortable study for adults who are visiting campus, and staff offices. A work station is available in the Gates Building lobby for e-mail and Internet access (the building closes at 10 p.m.); we encourage you to bring a laptop or tablet for greater flexibility in pursuing your research.