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Program #13157RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Travel at 5000-8000 ft. Those with heart/lung concerns should check with physician before attending.

Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 28, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: 173 guest room hotel adjacent to Albuquerque's Old Town museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
1015 Rio Grande blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 USA
phone: 505-843-9500
Room amenities: Cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron & board, voice mail, coffee-tea maker, desk/work area, free wireless access, free parking.

Facility amenities: Airport courtesy shuttle available 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, restaurant on site, heated outdoor pool domed in winter, high speed internet access, wi-fi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasona
Call for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Program Registration/Orientation, Program Overvie...
Program Registration/Orientation, Program Overview and Introductions/Orienation & Introductions

Afternoon: Hotel Check in after 3:00 PM. Rooms may be available earlier based upon demand, call hotel for request. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room. Meet your program coordinator and receive your program folder.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner in the hotel conference room.

Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Lodging: Best Western Rio Grande Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: 173 guest room hotel adjacent to Albuquerque's Old Town museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.

Contact info:
1015 Rio Grande blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 USA
phone: 505-843-9500
Room amenities: Cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron & board, voice mail, coffee-tea maker, desk/work area, free wireless access, free parking.

Facility amenities: Airport courtesy shuttle available 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, restaurant on site, heated outdoor pool domed in winter, high speed internet access, wi-fi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasona
Call for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Tour Santa Fe
Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart for a day trip to Santa Fe. Enjoy a walking tour conducted by a knowledgeable certified guide around the famous Santa Fe plaza. The Plaza and its environs have been a gathering place since the 1600's and is listed as a national historic monument.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant on the plaza.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue explorations of Santa Fe's famous landmarks, courtyards and native American art district. Entrance to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum will be offered to the group.

Dinner: Dinner at Church Street Cafe in the heart of charming and historic Old Town. Built in the 1700's and claimed to be the oldest home in Albuquerque, Church Street Cafe offers a most unique setting for their authentic delicious New Mexican fare.

Evening: Free evening after dinner.

Lodging: Best Western Rio Grande Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is 18 miles inside the Mesa Verde National Park entrance at US 160. (There is a 2 lane highway which climbs the switchbacks from the valley floor to the relatively flat top of the mesa.) The 150 room facility is built on a ridge (8,000 ft elevation) which overlooks a 3 state area. Mesa Verde is the nation's richest archaeological location, with over 4,000 ruins scattered within its borders.

Contact info:
Mesa Verde National Park
Mancos, CO 81328 USA
phone: 970-529-4422
web: www.visitmesaverde.com/lodging.shtml

Room amenities: Each room has a double or a queen bed, private bath with shower, balcony and views into 3 states. Every room has a coffee maker, phone and a clock radio. There are no televisions in the rooms at the lodge.

Facility amenities: 150 rooms, coin operated laundry services, full service restaurant, coffee shop, cocktails; wine and espresso available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Travel to Mesa Verde via Durango, CO/Anasazi Heri...
Travel to Mesa Verde via Durango, CO/Anasazi Heritage Center/Intro to Mesa Verde

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Load luggage and travel through scenic New Mexico. The Rio Grande rift valley, the San Juan Basin and the San Juan River are a few of the interesting features that the group will travel past. Your coordinator guide will interpret these lands as we travel through them giving some background on the cultural and natural history that makes the Four Corners a one of a kind destination.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the grounds of Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Afternoon: At Aztec Ruins, there will be an opportunity to explore the park Visitor Center and well preserved Ancestoral Puebloan ruins including the centerpiece of the monument - the spectacular, reconstructed Great Kiva.
Continue travel along the flanks of the La Plata Mountains to the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park and the new state-of-the-art park Visitor Center. This is a must see first stop before entering the park. Enjoy new exhibits that will highlight Mesa Verde's colorful history and rich cultural resources. We then drive into the park and climb thousands of feet to the top of the "Mesa Verde" where the group will check in to the Far View Lodge.

Dinner: Dinner in Mesa Verde National Park at the Far View Terrace.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation relating to the wonders of Mesa Verde. Topics will vary depending on the availability of National Park rangers and/or regional experts.

Lodging: Far View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is 18 miles inside the Mesa Verde National Park entrance at US 160. (There is a 2 lane highway which climbs the switchbacks from the valley floor to the relatively flat top of the mesa.) The 150 room facility is built on a ridge (8,000 ft elevation) which overlooks a 3 state area. Mesa Verde is the nation's richest archaeological location, with over 4,000 ruins scattered within its borders.

Contact info:
Mesa Verde National Park
Mancos, CO 81328 USA
phone: 970-529-4422
web: www.visitmesaverde.com/lodging.shtml

Room amenities: Each room has a double or a queen bed, private bath with shower, balcony and views into 3 states. Every room has a coffee maker, phone and a clock radio. There are no televisions in the rooms at the lodge.

Facility amenities: 150 rooms, coin operated laundry services, full service restaurant, coffee shop, cocktails; wine and espresso available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Further Exploration in the Park / Visitor Center ...
Further Exploration in the Park / Visitor Center and Cliff Palace Ruin Tour

Note: To participate in the one hour Cliff Palace ranger lead tour, you must be able descend a series on stone and metal steps. In addition you will need to ascend a few short ladders that take you up the various levels. The ladders have large rungs to hold onto and are about 6 - 10 feet in length. There will be great views of the Cliff palace Ruin from above for those participants choosing not to go on the tour. The group will rejoin at the end of the hour at the bus parking area.

Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Far View Terrace or Metate Room Restaurant depending on the season.

Morning: Mesa Verde is the only World Heritage site in the United States that is dedicated to the works of mankind and is often referred to as our countries greatest archaeological wonder. Before we head out into the park, we will meet our "step on" guide who will lead the group on a tour of the prehistoric sites on Chapin Mesa including pit houses and pueblo-style dwellings.The Chapin Mesa sites provide an excellent chronology of architectural styles and development of the Mesa Verde inhabitants.
We then visit Chapin Mesa Museum and walk the paved trail to Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling. Visiting Spruce Tree Ruin is an excellent experience that allows the visitor time to linger and ponder at this village locked in time. View rock art and for those who wish, take the rare opportunity to descend a ladder into a stabilized kiva at Spruce Tree Ruin.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Spruce Tree Cafe. in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park's historical district.

Afternoon: Travel to Cliff Palace, one of the trips highlights and one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Step back in time as you descend the steps and climb short ladders to view this marvel of early architecture. National Park Service rangers will guide the group and interpret the features and history of Cliff Palace. They will bring to life the culture and character of the Ancestral Puebloans who called this place home more than 800 years ago!

Dinner: Dinner in Mesa Verde National Park, at the famed and much acclaimed Far View Lodge Metate Room Restaurant.

Lodging: Far View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Situated on the high desert at the base of the Defiance Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle is located at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Contact info:
Navajo Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/6c/1/en/hd/chnaz

Room amenities: AC, remote control cable TV. High speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic Native American cuisine and traditional American fare. Foom service available. Gift shop offers locally produced Native-American art and jewelry. Seasonal outdoor heated pool. Guest laundromat. No cell phone service is available in Canyon de Chelly/ Chinle.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - Four Corner Country/Navajo Reservation en route t...
Four Corner Country/Navajo Reservation en route to Canyon de Chelly/Canyon de Chelly National Monument South Rim Vistas/Evening Presentation

Note: South Rim tour makes numerous stops to go to viewpoints up to 1/4 mile away. Trails can be uneven and rocky.

Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Far View Terrace or Metate Room Restaurant depending on the season.

Morning: Check out of lodge, load luggage and depart for Canyon de Chelly, traveling past towering Ute Mountain and scenic Four Corners country of the Colorado Plateau. En route, the group will enter the Navajo Reservation. Traditional hogans, herds of sheep and goats grazing along the road, mysterious dirt roads and wild hoodoo rock formations will spark the imagination and remind you that you have entered another land.

Lunch: Arrive Chinle in time for a lunch at the Chinle Holiday Inn's "Garcia's Restaurant".

Afternoon: After lunch, tour Canyon de Chelly's scenic south rim. Highlights will include scenic stops at White House Ruin Overlook and Spider Rock Overlook. Return to Holiday Inn Chinle for a late afternoon check-in.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. There will be a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.

Evening: Following dinner, a presentation on Navajo culture will be offered in the hotel's meeting room.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Chinle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Situated on the high desert at the base of the Defiance Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle is located at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Contact info:
Navajo Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/6c/1/en/hd/chnaz

Room amenities: AC, remote control cable TV. High speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic Native American cuisine and traditional American fare. Foom service available. Gift shop offers locally produced Native-American art and jewelry. Seasonal outdoor heated pool. Guest laundromat. No cell phone service is available in Canyon de Chelly/ Chinle.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Morning Presentations or Hiking / Scenic Canyon d...
Note: The optional White House Ruin Trail follows a well established trail. The trail is generally wide with no major drop-offs but does have some uneven terrain. The upper part of the trail is built on a sandstone surface so caution must be taken but footing is good overall. The lower part of the trail becomes more sandy as the grade decreases. The trail ends at the White House Ruin canyon viewpoint. Bathrooms are available. NOTE: The entire group will return to this point on the afternoon jeep ride.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: Enjoy a select morning presentations on a topic of regional significance. Past topics have includes: Southwest Archaeology, Navajo Rug Weaving, Navajo Pottery, Modern Navajo Challenges and Jewelry making demonstrations. ***OR*** For those looking for a challenge - a hike on the White House Ruin Trail will be offered. This two hour - 2.5 mile (round trip) hike descends 600 feet to the base of White House Ruin and Chinle Wash.

Lunch: Lunch at the Chinle Holiday Inn's "Garcia's Restaurant".

Afternoon: After lunch, the group will loaded into 4 wheel drive vehicles for a trip into Canyon de Chelly with certified Navajo guides. Travel along the Chinle Wash into Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto. Select stops at various picturesque ruins and petroglyph sites will be made with historical commentary provided by our Navajo guides. Highlighted ruins in Canyon del Muerto will include First Ruin, Junction House, Antelope House and Standing Cow to name a few. A rest stop will be provided half way through our journey where restrooms, refreshments and native jewelry vendors will be available.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.

Evening: An evening of Navajo entertainment. Your performer, William Yazzie, has been delighting Road Scholar participants for many many years and loves to share his passion for Navajo music, culture, and dance. Enjoy traditional flute and drum music and come prepared to join in a group Round Dance and hear a traditional Navajo blessing.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Chinle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Situated on the high desert at the base of the Defiance Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle is located at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Contact info:
Navajo Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/6c/1/en/hd/chnaz

Room amenities: AC, remote control cable TV. High speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic Native American cuisine and traditional American fare. Foom service available. Gift shop offers locally produced Native-American art and jewelry. Seasonal outdoor heated pool. Guest laundromat. No cell phone service is available in Canyon de Chelly/ Chinle.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Saturday, September 27 - Monument Valley Jeep Trip
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: Board and travel through Kayenta to Goulding's Lodge en route to Monument Valley Tribal Park. A rest stop will be made at the Kayenta Burger King - site of an unlikely yet famous Navajo Code Talker exhibit. Continue to Goulding's Trading Post and museum which includes memorabilia from many John Ford and John Wayne westerns as well as prehistoric artifacts and items from the early trading post days.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at historic Goulding's Lodge and Trading Post Restaurant. Choose from a large menu with sweeping views of red rock mesas and vistas out the restaurant window.

Afternoon: After lunch, board Goulding's Lodge "jeeps" for the Monument Valley tour through towering rock spires and monoliths including the famous Mittens and John Ford Point. Navajo Guides will provide narration and insight to the natural and cultural features. This tour provides the quintessential scenery of the southwest! See ancient petroglyphs and unparalleled scenery -- a photographer's dream! Following a return to Goulding's, board the motor coach for a relaxing return to Chinle and the Holiday Inn.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.

Evening: After a full day of activity the evening is free for rest and relaxation.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Chinle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 28 - Albuquerque via Window Rock and Gallup
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: Check out of hotel and settle in for a scenic return trip to Albuquerque. Program wrap up and farewells will be conducted en route to Albuquerque.

Lunch: Box lunch en route to Albuquerque.

Afternoon: Participants who have departing flights will be dropped off at the Albuquerque (Sunport) Airport by 12:00 PM. Participants not needing an airport drop off will be transported back to our starting Albuquerque hotel by 12:45 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Albuquerque, NM
generalMuch of Albuquerque retains its Spanish Territorial appeal. Old Town, on the banks of the Rio Grande River, offers adobe village charm filled with restaurants, boutiques, and its square which is positively Old Mexico. A few miles east is the University of New Mexico. About 10 miles north of town is the Sandia Peak Tramway, which climbs over 5,000 feet above Albuquerque to provide a stunning view of the desert floor. For those who want to venture 55 miles north of Albuquerque, Santa Fe is has the feel of Old Spain, with narrow streets, adobe buildings, very upscale shopping, world wide cuisines in its restaurants, visual and performing arts, and a thriving American Indian handicrafts market stretching around the central square.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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7 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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