We then board our motorcoach for a field trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. This beautiful, unique center preserves and perpetuates Pueblo culture and advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. You will have time to see the tribally-curated exhibits that presents their legacy through art and oral histories of the Pueblo Indians of the region.
Continue on to Pecos, NM.Lunch: Plated lunch at Frankie's at the Casanova Southwestern Grill in PecosAfternoon: This afternoon, we'll visit Pecos National Historical Monument, 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 ruins would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitor 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.Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant. We cannot guarantee that low fat/low salt and gluten-free options will be available for all meals in the program.Evening: After dinner, we'll hear music of the southwest, 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 in his own right. He's a fine singer, guitarist, and Native-American-flute player, and our evening with him will be unique and memorable.Lodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll embark on a walking exploration of the Plaza area, followed by free 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, (your 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.Those who choose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our motor coach will need to make their own arrangements for transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.Evening: At leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife or rest and relaxLodging: The Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: At the hotel. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea.Evening: Optional videoLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Earthship Biotecture, we'll see some examples of this unique, sustainable building style utilizing some unusual building materials such as old tires, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. Some of the structures are fully self-sustaining, recyling their grey water and growing their own food.Our coach then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Locally known as the "High Bridge," this cantilever truss bridge spans 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: At a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo (if it's open; it can close unexpectedly for pueblo ceremonies and events.) Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. Its most striking architectural features are the multi-storied adobe dwellings to the north and south of Red Willow Creek.
From there, we'll go to Taos Plaza for a guided walking excursion, followed by time at leisure to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.
Meet at designated location for return to the hotel.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Evening at leisure to relax or socialized with fellow participantsLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit 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 (altar pieces), stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints).We'll also visit a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.
Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili con carne.") Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"
Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.Afternoon: 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.
On arrival in Albuquerque, we'll stop at Petroglyph National Monument, where we'll see ancient symbols, figures, and animals etched into the rock at Boca Negra Petroglyphs. 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.
We'll continue on to the hotel for check-in after this visit.
Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of Pueblo residents.Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: Return to AlbuquerqueDinner: At the hotelEvening: Evening at leisure or optional video. We have an early start tomorrow morning, so you may want to turn in early and get a good night's rest.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning's scheduled events include the Morning Glow and a Mass Ascension. During Mass Ascensions all participating balloons launch in two waves, as directed by "zebras," launch coordinators who are recognizable by their striped black-and-white shirts.The Park's launch field comprises 78 acres, the size of 54 football fields put together. Due to the Park's size and the large number of people who will be in attendance, our group will not be able to stay together. You'll be on your own to explore the Park and watch the launches.We'll meet at the bus at a designated time and location and depart for the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. The Museum features exhibits on the history and science of hot-air and gas ballooning.
After enjoying our visit to the Museum, we'll return to the hotel for some free time.Lunch: Early lunch at the hotelAfternoon: After lunch we'll departs on a field trip to Old Town. Albuquerque's historic Old Town has been the focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.We'll return to the hotel for dinner.Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel and program closingEvening: After dinner, we'll depart for Balloon Fiesta Park to see the Balloon Glow and AfterGlow Fireworks Show.
As darkness falls, tethered balloons ignite their burners, illuminating the envelopes from within in a dazzling display of light and color.
We'll return to the hotel at the conclusion of the Fireworks Show.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Lunch, Dinner
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast