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MESA VERDE COUNTRY, COLORADO

Hiking to Ruins in the Southwest

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Program #2164RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
7,000 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience. Lodging is at 5,480 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Hat, waterbottle, sunscreen, small backpack for daily needs.

Itinerary for Apr 20 — Apr 26, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 20 -
Arrive To: Check in after 3 p.m. Orientation at 5:15 p.m.

Dinner: Family-style, home-cooked meal served at the lodge.

Evening: Introductions

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 21 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Introduction to the Ancestral Puebloan cultures. Enjoy a lecture and discussion about the cultures whose remnants you will be exploring all week, including how the local prehistoric inhabitants evolved their lifestyles through the centuries from Archaic, through Basketmaker, Pueblo, to modern times. Artifacts found on-site serve as examples demonstrating the details that can reveal clues to prehistoric lifestyles. Concurrently, you will learn about the process of archaeology and how it is used to understand what has occurred in the past. This will serve as a valuable background for the sites you will encounter on your hikes.

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: Hike from Kelly Place into the red rocks to local "cliff-dweller" ruin sites in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Flintknapping demonstration or video: Watch and learn how beautifully crafted projectile points are extracted from stone by the same methods used by prehistoric peoples. Learn what can be understood about primitive cultures by analysis of their projectile points and flakes.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 22 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Hovenweep National Monument is the site of multiple dwellings, incredible towers, solstice markers and more. Hike the two-mile canyon lip around the main site and then explore several less-visited, outlying sites.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Hovenweep.

Afternoon: Led by an archaeologist, continue the exploration as your imagination is stimulated over this beautiful set of ancient ruins set in the pinon/juniper landscape.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: The Chaco Phenomenon: Enjoy a lecture and discussion, with optional video, about the mystery of an advanced culture centered around Chaco Canyon.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 23 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: By this time, you will know what a ruin site looks like when it has been excavated by archaeologists or is naturally preserved in rock alcoves. Yucca House National Monument will demonstrate how a massive site can be easily overlooked by the casual observer who has not been educated about tell-tale mounds, depressions and surface “litter.”

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains the highest-known density of ancient Native American sites. You will hike a canyon at a higher elevation and use your trained eye to spot surface indications of ruin sites around you. You will learn about a great kiva, its significance and why it has not been excavated.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: A Ute man and a Navajo woman share the stories of their cultures and their personal struggles of bridging the modern-day Native American and Euro-American cultures. They discuss and demonstrate their traditional dance, dress and music. This is an unforgettable experience.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 24 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Mesa Verde National Park is the only national park focused on human culture. You will see why on an exploration of these breathtaking ruins with an archaeologist. Learn about pit-dwellings, a Chacoan site, the spectacular Cliff Palace, the rock-art panel found along the Petroglyph trail and much more.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mesa Verde.

Afternoon: This exhilarating day will be filled with insights into the early explorers of Mesa Verde’s canyons, as well as what archaeologists are still finding in this beautiful but rugged landscape.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening or discuss the fascinating discoveries of the week.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 40 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Bedrooms have one queen bed and one bunk bed; lower bunks only. Wireless Internet available in the main lodge. Full country-style meals served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are available in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. 800-745-4885 www.kellyplace.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, April 25 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Begin an all-day hike in Sand Canyon in Canyons of the Ancients, an exceptional geological array of cliff-dwellings, and home to a very large population of Ancestral Puebloans. Led by an archaeologist, learn that some boulders are not just naturally occurring, but may have been placed for a purpose.

Lunch: A cozy spot along the trail will serve as your lunch destination today. You will carry a self-packed lunch with you to enjoy. A variety of sack lunch food will be provided for you to choose and pack prior to departure.

Afternoon: This hike will take you above, and into, the red-rock canyon for fantastic views of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and away from evidence of the modern world. This is the culmination of your week of hiking and it may be as long as eight miles, or as short as six miles.

Dinner: Savor a relaxed meal cooked and served outdoors for you on the Kelly Place courtyard. Unburden your mind as you watch the southwestern sunset on your final evening viewing the beautiful Sleeping Ute Mountain.

Evening: Final wrap-up of program

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, April 26 -
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Check-out by 11 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Cortez, CO
Cortez Chamber of CommercePhone: 970-565-3414
For additional information, visit: www.cortezchamber.org
Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information BureauPhone: 800-253-1616
For additional information, visit: www.mesaverdecountry.com

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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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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