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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 to 8,000 feet.

Itinerary for May 11 — May 19, 2015

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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, May 11 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session.

If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. We cannot guarantee that low fat / low salt and gluten-free options will be available for every meal on this program.

Evening: Orientation: We gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer questions.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

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, May 12 - 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: At the hotel. We cannot guarantee that low fat / low salt and gluten-free options will be available for every meal on this program.

Morning: This morning we'll hear about the archeology and anthropology of Ancestral Puebloans. After class, we'll board our motor coach and depart for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Lunch: Lunch at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. We cannot guarantee that low fat / low salt and gluten-free options will be available for every meal on this program.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll explore the exhibits at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The IPCC is 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.

Dinner: At the hotel. We cannot guarantee that low fat / low salt and gluten-free options will be available for every meal on this program.

Evening: This evening there will be a 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 ceremonies, and in planning many other aspects of their lives.

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, May 13 - Chaco Culture National Historic Park/Overnight in...
Note: Walking up to 2 - 3 miles over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven, terrain

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After picking up boxed lunches, we'll depart for Chaco Culture National Historic Park. There will be an educational video on the coach en route.

On arrival in Nageezi, we will transfer to 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!

Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of North America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas. Chaco was a major center of Ancestral Puebloan culture between 850 and 1150 CE. 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.

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.

Lunch: Boxed lunches

Afternoon: Our exploration of Chaco Canyon continues for most of the afternoon, followed by departure for Farmington, New Mexico.

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, May 14 - Aztec National Monumen/Chimney Rock Hike
Note: Hiking up to 2 miles over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning, after picking up boxed lunches, we'll go to Aztec Ruins National Monument.

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

Although it used to be considered a Chacoan outlier, 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 1275 CE, probably as a result of a prolonged 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 leaving Aztec, we'll continue on to the Chimney Rock archaeological area.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at Chimney Rock

Afternoon: After a hike at the Chimney Rock archaeological area, we'll go on to Mesa Verde National Park, where we'll check into the Far View Lodge.

Dinner: At the Lodge

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, May 15 - Mesa Verde National Park
Note: Hiking up to 2 miles over paved and unpaved terrain

Breakfast: At the Far View Terrace Café

Morning: Today, we'll enjoy 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 600 through 1300 CE. 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 Far View Terrace Café

Afternoon: Continue exploring Mesa Verde

Dinner: At the Lodge

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, May 16 - Hovenweep National Monument
Note: Walking over paved and unpaved trails at Hovenweep.

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: After checking out of the Lodge, we'll leave for an all-day field trip to Hovenweep National Monument. 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.

Lunch: Boxed lunches

Afternoon: Bus departs for Cortez and hotel-check-in.

Dinner: Nero's Restaurant in Cortez

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, May 17 - Canyon de Chelly
Note: Short walks at overlooks

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll board our motor coach and depart for Canyon de Chelly.

At Canyon de Chelly, 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 350 and 1300 CE.

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: Holiday Inn in Chinle

Afternoon: Excursion along the south rim of Canyon de Chelly, followed by hotel check-in

Dinner: Garcia's at the Holiday Inn

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, May 18 - 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: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out and loading luggage, we'll depart by coach for the White House Ruin trailhead.

This moderate hike of 2 1/2 miles is the only trail into the canyon, and will take approximately 2-3 hours.

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Depart at 1:30 PM for return to Albuquerque, arriving at the hotel at about 6:00 PM.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Tuesday, May 19 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

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, wherer you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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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