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BEGINS IN: ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Four Corners Anasazi Sacred Sites: Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon and More

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Program #11010RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
The altitude of the sites visited on this program ranges from 5,500 ft. to 8,000 ft.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 30, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 22 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Check into hotel between 3:00-5:30 PM. Register with the Road Scholar group leader between 4:00-5:30.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 23 - Puebloan Archeology and Anthropology/Visit to the...
Puebloan Archeology and Anthropology/Visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Archeoastronomy Class

Note: Standing at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning begins with a lecture on Puebloan anthropology and archeology. We'll then depart for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Lunch: Lunch at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Afternoon: Visit exhibits at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening lecture on Archeoastronomy. We'll learn how ancient peoples from Egypt to Peru to Chaco Canyon used Archeoastronomy in planting and harvesting their crops, conducting seasonal celebrations and religious ceremonies, and in planning many other aspects of their lives. We'll then see a video, "The Mystery of Chaco Canyon."

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1500 Bloomfield Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87401 USA
phone: 505-564-3100
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, September 24 - Chaco Culture National Historic Park/Overnight in...
Note: Walking up to 2 - 3 miles over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven, terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Pick up boxed lunches, then depart for Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Our coach will be met in Nageezi by a school bus; the road into Chaco is rough and unpaved, and motor coaches are advised not to travel the road. A school bus company does most group transport into the Canyon. A bit bumpy, but it's the only way to get there as a group!

Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas.

Chaco was a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between A.D. 850 and 1150. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area.

It is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings, and its distinctive architecture.

To construct the buildings, along with the associated Chacoan roads, ramps, dams and mounds required a great deal of well-organized and skillful planning, designing, resource gathering and construction.

The Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture, one that amazes us a thousand years later.

On arrival, we'll stop at the Visitor Center, then embark on our canyon exploration.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at Chaco

Afternoon: After lunch, our exploration of Chaco Canyon continues, followed by departure for Farmington, NM.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Hotel check-in

Lodging: Hampton Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Contact info:
1 Navajo Hill
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 USA
phone: 800-449-2288
Room amenities: Private balconies; no televisions

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


Day Four: Thursday, September 25 - Aztec National Monumen/Chimney Rock Hike
Note: Hiking up to 2 miles over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves structures and artifacts of Ancestral Pueblo people from the 1100s through the 1200s.

It may have been seen as another Chacoan outlier, however, more recent research indicates it may have been the second Chacoan "capitol," established and occupied after the abandonment of Chaco Canyon in the 1150s.

Aztec itself was abandoned about A.D. 1275 as a result of the 40-year drought. Some Southwestern archeologists believe the Chacoan "elites" then moved south and established Paquime, another immense site in northern Mexico.

The Aztec monument was established in 1923 with the excavation and reconstruction of Aztec West by Earl Morris and designated a World Heritage Site in 1987.

After visiting the ruins, we'll depart for the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, where there will be a short hike.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at Chimney Rock

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Mesa Verde National Park and hotel check-in at Far View Lodge

Dinner: Dinner at the Far View Terrace Café

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Far View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Contact info:
1 Navajo Hill
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 USA
phone: 800-449-2288
Room amenities: Private balconies; no televisions

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


Day Five: Friday, September 26 - Mesa Verde National Park
Note: Hiking up to 2 miles over paved and unpaved terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Far View Terrace Café

Morning: Today, we'll have an all-day exploration of Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table,” offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape.

The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually building elaborate stone villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls.

Today, most people call these sheltered villages “cliff dwellings.” The cliff dwellings represent the last 75 to 100 years of occupation at Mesa Verde.

In the late 1200s, within the span of one or two generations, they left their homes and moved away.

The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States, offering visitors a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

Twenty-four Native American tribes in the southwest have an ancestral affiliation with the sites at Mesa Verde.

Lunch: Lunch at the Spruce Tree Terrace Café

Afternoon: Continue exploring Mesa Verde

Dinner: Dinner at the Far View Terrace Café

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Far View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is conveniently located off U.S. Highway 160, just minutes from Mesa Verde National Park, the Dolores River, the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Contact info:
2321 E. Main
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 866-348-6112
web: www.BaymontInns.com/Cortez

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV, free wireless high speed Internet access, hair dryers, in-room coffee maker, individual A/C and heat, iron and ironing board, pillow top mattresses, wake-up service

Facility amenities: The facility offers Braille elevators, an exercise room, guest-use fax machine, guest laundry, indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool/hot tub, news stand, a sun deck, and free wireless high speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, September 27 - Hovenweep National Monument
Note: Walking over paved and unpaved trails at Hovenweep.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Far View Terrace Café

Morning: Hotel check-out and departure for Hovenweep National Monument

Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Monument

Afternoon: Explore ruins at Hovenweep.

Hovenweep National Monument protects five prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border.

Multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders.

Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character. The Square Tower Group is the primary contact facility with a visitor center and interpretive trail.

Human habitation at Hovenweep dates to over 10,000 years ago when nomadic Paleoindians visited the Cajon Mesa to gather food and hunt game. These people used the area for centuries, following the seasonal weather patterns.

Bus departs for Cortez, arriving at about 4:30 PM for hotel check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected Cortez restaurant

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Baymont Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Proximity to Canyon de Chelly

Contact info:
Bia Route 7-Garcia Trading Post
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
Facility amenities: Fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, wifi and wired internet

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


Day Seven: Sunday, September 28 - Canyon de Chelly
Note: Short walks at overlooks

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hotel check-out and departure for Canyon de Chelly.

On arrival, we'll drive along the north rim, stopping at overlooks along the way.

At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages built between A.D. 350 and 1300.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basketmakers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant in Chinle

Afternoon: Bus continues rim exploration, then goes to the Holiday Inn for hotel check-in

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Monday, September 29 - White House Ruin Hike at Canyon de Chelly/Travel ...
Note: Moderate roundtrip hike of 2.5 miles; some inclines on return to Canyon rim

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After checking out and loading luggage, our coach departs for the White House Ruin trailhead at 8:30 AM.

This moderate hike of 2 1/2 miles is the only one that will take visitors down into the canyon, and will take approximately 2-3 hours. Those that do not wish to hike may further explore the rim drives on the coach.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant in Chinle

Afternoon: Depart at 1:30 PM for return to Albuquerque, stopping in Window Rock en route, and arriving at the hotel in Albuquerque at about 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program closing at the hotel

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Tuesday, September 30 - Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe, NM
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org

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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8 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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