Field Seminar Details
Our field seminars are offered Labor Day through Memorial Day. Due to high daytime temperatures, we do not offer most seminars during June, July and August although custom, private tours can be arranged.
We do require reservations, at least 48 hours in advance, by completing the Reservation Request form. You can call us for additional information at 928-567-0066. Seminars are limited to 3-6 participants and fill up quickly. Become a member of Verde Valley Archaeology Center to receive a 15% discount on seminar fees as well as in the Center gift shop.
The elevation in Camp Verde is about 3,100 ft (945 m) while Sedona is about 4,500 ft (1,372 m). All of our seminars are in the Verde Valley with the highest hike going to 3,332 ft (1,016 m) at Hatalacva and 3,500 ft (1,067 m) at Thoeny and Atkeson. If you are a "flat-lander," coming to this area may take some adjustment. We do not recommend strenuous hiking on your first day. Give your body a day to adjust. With the dry climate you will need to drink more water than you normally do. If you start to experience a headache, it is likely due to lack of water.
Walking and hiking at elevations above 3,000 feet require participants to be in good physical condition. Day hikes will range from two to five miles. Please keep in mind your own physical fitness and experience level.
Can People with Physical Disabilities Participate?
We are not concerned about a person's disabilities but rather with a person's ability to participate. All participants must have the strength and balance to hike up and down undeveloped trails and to maneuver over and around large rocks that make up the pueblo structures. Participants are responsible for getting themselves in and out of our vehicles themselves or with a companion.
Participants must assume full responsibility for their own safety and provide their own health and accident insurance. Every effort will be made to avoid and prevent mishaps. The liability waiver must be signed to participate. You can download the form HERE.
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to receive a refund. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will not be refunded. No exceptions can be made to this policy. If we cancel a seminar you will receive a full refund.
Seminar Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather
Due to the potential for flash flooding and the slippery nature of soil with high clay content, seminars may be cancelled in the event of wet weather. If we cancel a seminar you will receive a full refund.
Can I Reserve a Private Seminar?
Yes, as long as you purchase all six available seats.
Water and Transportation
Transportation is provided for field seminars to and from the Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. Participants are responsible for transportation to the Center. We encourage participants to bring snacks (trail mix, etc.). We provide bottled water. Pick-up at your location is available for private tours of at least six participants.
The physical demand and academic nature of some courses determine the age limits. Field seminars cannot accept children younger than 12. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Seminar fees are required for both the child and the adult.
Pets are not allowed on field seminars.
Suggested Clothing and Gear
Dress in clothing comfortable for being outdoors. It is recommended that you wear sun protection including hats and sunscreen year round. Hikes to the private archaeological preserves are steep so hiking poles are recommended. If you do not have them we can provide a pair to use free of charge. Wear closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops) suitable for walking on uneven terrain. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone with inappropriate footwear that we deem to be a safety issue.
For the comfort of all participants, items prohibited include firearms, cigarettes and cigars, e-cigarettes, drones, glass containers and alcohol.
High desert weather can be highly unpredictable. There is little to no shade on the hikes and temperatures will vary. Sunscreen, hats and plenty of water are recommended year round. The high desert of the Southwest can be a challenge for those unused to the unique environment and conditions.
Tipping your Guide
It is customary to tip the guide, especially when they provide you with exceptional service. Gratuity is based on individual preference but we suggest 15% which is the industry standard. You may tip the guide in cash or have it added to your credit card.
The high elevation, dry heat and no shade can quickly take its toll. Please be prepared with sunscreen, hats, sturdy closed-toe shoes, insect repellent and at least a liter (1.75 pints) of water or more per person. We provide two pint bottles of water per participant.