Welcome to McElmo Canyon Research Institute!
MCRI is a small nonprofit foundation dedicated to the preservation of archaeological
sites in southwestern Colorado and to educating the public about them. Beginning in the
mid-1960s under the name of Kelly Place, MCRI has helped hundreds of students of all ages
realize the importance of archaeological preservation. The Kelly Place and MCRI host public,
private and special education school groups and colleges, archaeological field schools,
present professional seminars and provide educational programs for the Elderhostel Road
Scholars. In 1990, McElmo Canyon Research Institute was granted 501-c3 status as a nonprofit
educational corporation. Therefore, not only can MCRI host Road Scholar groups, but these
groups can work with government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management to perform
volunteer services for the Anasazi Heritage Center
Colorado, and the Canyons of the Ancients
Frequent partnering with local archaeologists and the Bureau of Land Management has
resulted in the stabilization of Sand Canyon sites in Canyons of the Ancients National
Monument, survey of hundreds of acres of public lands, rock art recording, artifact curation
and preservation, and provided hundreds of hours of volunteer assistance for these projects.
As a small organization, MCRI offers grant administration for needed archaeological
projects at a low cost, so more of the grant funds can go directly to accomplishing the
work for which it was intended.