On arrival at Acoma, we'll stop at the Cultural Center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.
Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff.
We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself.
On our walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.Lunch: Lunch at Y'aak'a Café at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo from 12:00 - 1:00 PMAfternoon: After lunch, the bus will depart for Santa Fe, where, on arrival, we'll go to Museum Hill to see the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the State of New Mexico museums system.
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!
Bus departs for the hotel and check-in at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:30 - 7:30 PMEvening: Lecture and performance from 7:30 - 8:30 PM, where we'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal.
Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own.
He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.Lodging: The Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Park, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the monument would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's in PecosAfternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the New Mexico state capitol building, known as "The Roundhouse, where we'll see the fine art collection there.
We'll then go by bus to the Santa Fe Plaza, where we'll have a guided walking exploration of noteworthy sites in the area.
The bus will return to the hotel at 5:15 PM. Those who wish may stay downtown, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules available at hotel front desk).
Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. The group leader can offer dining suggestions for restaurants in the downtown area or near the hotel.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: The Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Our first stop will be at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.
Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.
Bus departs for Taos at 10:30 AM.
There will be a rest stop after leaving Santa Clara Pueblo.Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos from 12:15 - 1:30 PMAfternoon: After lunch, we'll stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. The exterior of the church has been depicted by countless painters and photographers, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.
We'll then go on for a visit to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
Late afternoon check-in and leisure time at the Comfort Suites.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Evening at leisure or optional videoLodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The bus departs at 8:30 AM for a trip to Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors--it closes for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc., and we don't always know in advance).
After visiting the Pueblo, we will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.
The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.Lunch: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge BridgeAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where you'll meet your guide for a walking exploration. You'll then visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
From 3:30 - 5:00 PM, we'll have some free time to explore the Plaza and Bent Street areas. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.
At 5:00, we'll meet as a group at a designated location and depart for our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Evening at leisure.Lodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll also visit a local weaver's gallery, where we'll see some beautiful Hispanic weavings. Hispanic weavings differ in both pattern and technique from those of Native Americans, and local families have been producing these kinds of textiles for centuries.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch.
We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival, about 2:30 PM, we will visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
After the visit, bus will depart for Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open to visitors, and there are many shops, galleries, and historic sites to explore.
At 5:15 PM, bus departs for our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
Bus departs at 6:30 PM for hotel and check-in.Evening: Check into the hotel. From 7:30 - 9:30 PM, we'll show an optional video in a hotel meeting room.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system.
Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa.
As we listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, we'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.
Depart at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Coronado State Historic Site, then return to the hotel for some leisure time before dinner.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PMLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast