Roaming the remote dirt roads of the Caja del Rio in a Jeep on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Gary Newgent and John Pitts traded stories about exploring secluded canyons of the Southwest as they drove over the volcanic plateau where they’ve each devoted hundreds of hours to inspecting archaeological sites.

Curiosity has pulled the two men deeper and deeper into the nooks and crannies of the Four Corners region as their passion for archaeology has grown. Site steward organizations have provided them with a gateway to knowledge and discovery, and they’ve spent the last couple of decades becoming immersed in their volunteer efforts of monitoring the fascinating cultural and historical resources throughout the region.

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