The Gorge Project takes a northern section of the Rio Grande rift valley—from Embudo in the south to the New Mexico-Colorado border in the north—as its geographic focus. Regional surveys are undertaken each summer within the Rio Grande Gorge itself in an effort to document the archaeological remains within this iconic feature of the New Mexican landscape. These surveys are complemented by a series of more intensive place-based studies in nearby locations to contextualize the study area and to better understand the communities that regularly visited the Gorge in the past. We envision these place-based studies as tributaries of the Gorge Project’s core survey. Click on the links below to read more about the survey and the various place-based sub-projects.