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 ruins 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.
After visiting the Monument, we'll depart for Santa Fe, where we'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its marvelous art collection.
Our bus will then take us to the hotel for check-in.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM: We'll about hear music of the southwest, taught and performed 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 our evening with him will be unique and memorable.Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, this is a delightful and fascinating museum.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, there will be a walking exploration of the Plaza area, followed by time to explore the area on our own. The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (our Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.
Our bus will leave at 3:30 to return to the hotel. Those who wish may remain in the Plaza area, but will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel if they do so.Dinner: Dinner is on our own tonightEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Our first stop is 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.
We'll then continue on to Ranchos de Taos.Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de TaosAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity, then go to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
We'll arrive at the hotel at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: There will be a class this evening about Taos and some of its colorful history.Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After visiting the Pueblo, we'll go 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"), a cantilever truss structure 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: After lunch, we'll depart for downtown Taos where we'll 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.
There will then be some time for independent explorations of 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 5:15, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Optional video or evening at leisure.Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This Hispanic village is much as it has been for the last two hundred years. We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.
We'll also visit a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have produced 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 along the way.
Upon arrival in Albuquerque 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, we 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 we'll have some time to explore Old Town.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.Evening: Hotel check-in and optional videoLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 can speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.
Depart for Acoma Pueblo.Lunch: Lunch at the Yaak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors' center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.
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.
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:30 - 8:00 PMLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has a free shuttle that can provide transportation to the airport or train station. Shuttle arrangements should be made 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