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13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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
Altitude at program locations ranges from 5,000' to 7,500' above sea level

Itinerary for May 10 — May 22, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. In the 1910s, a portion of the property was a dormitory for the Sisters of Charity. The primary façade is from the 1950's St. Vincent's Hospital, designed by John Gaw Meem, and is an excellent example of late Territorial Revival style. The hospital remained in the building until 1977; after that, the structure housed offices, as well as being used for movie sets. The new 182-room hotel features all of the renowned amenities of Drury Hotels, as well as modern, spacious, light-filled rooms with magnificent views of Santa Fe skies. A rooftop pool provides more breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is a restaurant on premises, and Santa Fe's famous Plaza area is but steps away. The fully renovated buildings are steeped in history, and surrounded by a pedestrian oasis - all in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Contact info:
228 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-982-0571
web: druryplazasantafe.com

Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, and numerous easy-to-access electrical outlets in every room, mountain or garden views, flat-panel televisions in every room

Facility amenities: The hotel features mountain and garden views, room service, concierge services, free WiFi, a laundry, free local calls, luggage storage, a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool (available 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily), a health/fitness club, on-site restaurant, security staff, 24-hour business center, a beautiful rooftop bar, lush green spaces around the property. Popcorn and sodas are available between 3:00 and 10:00 PM daily; complimentary hot snacks and beverages are available daily between 5:30 and 7:00 PM during the "Kickback" reception; rotating menu items include hot dogs, buffalo wings, popcorn, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price offered
Please call Charmaine Archuleta or Jenny Cintron at the hotel directly to arrange for additional nights. We suggest you call well in advance of your program date. Please mention that you'll be attending a Road Scholar program, and include your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 10 - Arrival in Santa Fe / Hotel Check-In / Introducti...
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-dte 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: At the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Orientation: We'll 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 any questions.

Please be aware that 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..

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. In the 1910s, a portion of the property was a dormitory for the Sisters of Charity. The primary façade is from the 1950's St. Vincent's Hospital, designed by John Gaw Meem, and is an excellent example of late Territorial Revival style. The hospital remained in the building until 1977; after that, the structure housed offices, as well as being used for movie sets. The new 182-room hotel features all of the renowned amenities of Drury Hotels, as well as modern, spacious, light-filled rooms with magnificent views of Santa Fe skies. A rooftop pool provides more breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is a restaurant on premises, and Santa Fe's famous Plaza area is but steps away. The fully renovated buildings are steeped in history, and surrounded by a pedestrian oasis - all in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Contact info:
228 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-982-0571
web: druryplazasantafe.com

Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, and numerous easy-to-access electrical outlets in every room, mountain or garden views, flat-panel televisions in every room

Facility amenities: The hotel features mountain and garden views, room service, concierge services, free WiFi, a laundry, free local calls, luggage storage, a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool (available 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily), a health/fitness club, on-site restaurant, security staff, 24-hour business center, a beautiful rooftop bar, lush green spaces around the property. Popcorn and sodas are available between 3:00 and 10:00 PM daily; complimentary hot snacks and beverages are available daily between 5:30 and 7:00 PM during the "Kickback" reception; rotating menu items include hot dogs, buffalo wings, popcorn, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price offered
Please call Charmaine Archuleta or Jenny Cintron at the hotel directly to arrange for additional nights. We suggest you call well in advance of your program date. Please mention that you'll be attending a Road Scholar program, and include your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 11 - Walking exploration of Tony Hillerman's Favorite ...
Walking exploration of Tony Hillerman's Favorite Santa Fe Sites / Lunch at La Fonda Hotel / Docent-led Walk Through the Vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on varied terrain with some inclines; standing for up to an hour and a half and walking up stairs at the IARC

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning there will be a presentation by Anne Hillerman, who will discuss her father's work and how it relates to some of the sites we'll be visiting this week. We'll then head out on foot for the Plaza and a walking excursion around downtown Santa Fe.

Lunch: At the La Fiesta Lounge in the historic La Fonda hotel, one of Tony Hillerman's favorite spots

Afternoon: After lunch, we will head up to the School for Advanced Research and the Indian Arts Research Center which was featured (although under a pseudonym) in Anne Hillerman's book "Spider Woman's Daughter."

The IARC collection is considered by many to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, this valuable collection’s foundation initially was formed in 1922 and has since grown to over 12,000 items, which are housed in two vaults in the IARC building.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant.

Please note that while we will make our best efforts to accommodate special dietary needs, we cannot guarantee that low-fat, low-salt, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available at all meal locations during this program.

Evening: Optional movie: "The Dark Wind"

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: All-suites hotel located on old Route 66.

Contact info:
3940 E. Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 505-863-3455
web: www.hotelsone.com/gallup-hotels-us/comfort-suites-gallup.html?

Room amenities: High-speed Internet access, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, cable television

Facility amenities: business center, cable television, indoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, May 12 - Field Trips to University of New Mexico Hillerman...
Field Trips to University of New Mexico Hillerman Sites / Native American Led Exploration of Acoma Pueblo / Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

Note: Walking up to two miles over uneven, packed dirt and rocky terrain; standing for up to one hour at a time at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel includes scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy. Plus fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea and more.

Morning: Hotel checkout and departure for Albuquerque, where we'll visit the Hillerman collection at the Zimmerman Library on the campus of the University of New Mexico

Lunch: We'll dine at The Frontier Restaurant, another of Tony Hillerman's favorites.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Acoma Pueblo, where we'll have a guided exploration of the old village and see the Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Then we continue on to Gallup for hotel check-in.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Comfort Suites Gallup

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All-suites hotel located on old Route 66.

Contact info:
3940 E. Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 505-863-3455
web: www.hotelsone.com/gallup-hotels-us/comfort-suites-gallup.html?

Room amenities: High-speed Internet access, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, cable television

Facility amenities: business center, cable television, indoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, May 13 - Zuni Pueblo and the Old Mission Church Murals / ...
Zuni Pueblo and the Old Mission Church Murals / Route 66 Trading Posts

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over rough rocky terrain; standing up to an hour at a time at church and trading posts

Breakfast: Hotel buffet includes eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, juices and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors!

Morning: Bus departs for Zuni Pueblo after breakfast for a guided walk through the middle village and the Old Mission Church which houses exquisite murals of Zuni ceremonial figures.

Lunch: We'll have a very special lunch at the home of a Zuni Pueblo member, Ava Hanaweekee.

Afternoon: We continue the day back in Gallup for a walk down historic Route 66 and the visits to the trading posts for which the area is so famous.

Dinner: Dinner at selected restaurant

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Comfort Suites Gallup

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 Five: Thursday, May 14 - Navajo Nation Tribal Museum and Visitor's Center ...
Navajo Nation Tribal Museum and Visitor's Center / Window Rock / Hubbell Trading Post

Note: Walking over uneven paved and unpaved terrain up to one mile over course of the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll board our motorcoach in front of the hotel and depart for Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation.

We will visit the Navajo Nation Tribal Museum and Visitor's Center and explore the Tribal Park.

Lunch: Order from the menu at the Quality Inn Navajo Nation restaurant in Window Rock.

Afternoon: Visit historic Hubbell Trading Post where we'll learn how a traditional trading post operated.

Lorenzo Hubbell purchased the trading post in 1878, ten years after Navajos were allowed to return to their homeland from their terrible exile at Bosque Redondo, Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. During the four years spent at Bosque Redondo, Navajos were introduced to many new items. Traders like Hubbell supplied those items once they returned home.

Hubbell had an enduring influence on Navajo rug weaving and silversmithing, for he consistently demanded and promoted excellence in craftsmanship. He built a trading empire that included stage and freight lines as well as several trading posts. At various times, he and his two sons, together or separately, owned 24 trading posts, a wholesale house in Winslow, and other business and ranch properties. Beyond question, he was the foremost Navajo trader of his time.

Hubbell family members operated the trading post until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1967. The trading post is still active, and operated by the non-profit organization, Western National Parks Association for the National Park Service. They continue the trading traditions the Hubbell family started.

The bus continues on to Chinle for hotel check-in.

Dinner: At Garcia's Restaurant at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

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 Six: Friday, May 15 - Excursion Along the South Rim of Canyon de Chelly...
Excursion Along the South Rim of Canyon de Chelly / 4WD Field Trip into the Canyon

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day in various areas of Canyon de Chelly

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, our coach will depart for a driving excursion to the various overlooks along the South Rim of Canyon de Chelly.

Millions of years of land uplifts and stream cutting created the colorful sheer cliff walls of Canyon de Chelly. Natural water sources and rich soil provided a variety of resources, including plants and animals that have sustained families for thousands of years. The Ancient Puebloans found the canyons an ideal place to plant crops and raise families. The first settlers built pit houses that were then replaced with more sophisticated homes as more families migrated to the area. More homes were built in alcoves to take advantage of the sunlight and natural protection. People thrived until the mid-1300’s when the Puebloans left the canyons to seek better farmlands.

Descendants of the Puebloans, the Hopi, migrated into the canyons to plant fields of corn and orchards of peaches. Although the Hopi left this area to permanently settle on the mesa tops to the west, the Hopi still hold on to many of their traditions that are evident from their homes and kivas.

Related to the Athabaskan people of Northern Canada and Alaska, the Navajo settled the Southwest between the four sacred mountains. The Navajo, or Diné as they call themselves, continue to raise families and plant crops just as the “Ancient Ones” had. The farms, livestock and hogans of the Diné are visible from the canyon rims.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we will continue our exploration of the Canyon with Navajo guides who will drive 4WD vehicles directly into the Canyon for an up-close look at the ruins and petroglyphs.

Dinner: Dinner at The Junction Restaurant, a local favorite

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Cameron Trading Post is an authentic Native American Indian hotel & trading post in the heart of the Southwest near the Navajo and Hopi lands. Each room has the theme of an Indian hotel with hand-carved furnishings in historic Southwestern decor to provide comfort and charm during your stay.

Contact info:
466 HWY 89
Cameron, AZ 86020 USA
phone: 180-033-8738 x5
web: www.camerontradingpost.com

Room amenities: All rooms have telephone, cable TV, Wi-Fi, coffee makers and AC.

Facility amenities: A beautiful restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a huge stone fireplace, antique fixtures, and Native American Indian art decor. The beautiful Sandstone gardens at the Cameron Trading Post lodge were designed and planted in the 1930's. The Cameron Trading Post today is a center for local trade as well as a source for Native American Indian art, antique and contemporary.

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


Day Seven: Saturday, May 16 - Field Trip to the Hopi Nation / Hopi Cultural Cen...
Field Trip to the Hopi Nation / Hopi Cultural Center and Museum / Visit with Local Artists

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day on rocky terrain and an unimproved trails

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart for the Hopi Mesas. Visiting Hopi is a unique experience. The Hopi people have lived in the mesa country of the high desert of Arizona for over a thousand years and the current lifestyles and beliefs preserve the unique heritage of the Hopi culture. The Hopi people live in 12 villages located in regions referred to as First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa. The villages are among the longest continuously inhabited places in North America. We will visit Hopi villages, meet basket makers, silversmiths, carvers, painters, potters, and weavers in their home workshops and enjoy unique Hopi food.

Lunch: We'll order from a selected menu at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our exploration of the Hopi Mesas followed by check-in at the Cameron Trading Post and Lodge.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Optional video based on a Tony Hillerman novel or evening at leisure

Lodging: Cameron Trading Post & Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cameron Trading Post is an authentic Native American Indian hotel & trading post in the heart of the Southwest near the Navajo and Hopi lands. Each room has the theme of an Indian hotel with hand-carved furnishings in historic Southwestern decor to provide comfort and charm during your stay.

Contact info:
466 HWY 89
Cameron, AZ 86020 USA
phone: 180-033-8738 x5
web: www.camerontradingpost.com

Room amenities: All rooms have telephone, cable TV, Wi-Fi, coffee makers and AC.

Facility amenities: A beautiful restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a huge stone fireplace, antique fixtures, and Native American Indian art decor. The beautiful Sandstone gardens at the Cameron Trading Post lodge were designed and planted in the 1930's. The Cameron Trading Post today is a center for local trade as well as a source for Native American Indian art, antique and contemporary.

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


Day Eight: Sunday, May 17 - Field Trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon /...
Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll depart for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park was named as an official national park in 1919, but the landmark had been well known to Americans for over thirty years prior. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the site and said: "The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world.... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see."

Lunch: At Maswik Cafeteria

Afternoon: With Tony Hillerman in mind— particularly "Skeleton Man"— we will continue our exploration of the South Rim.

Dinner: At El Tovar on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Evening: Return to the hotel

Lodging: Cameron Trading Post & Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Goulding's Lodge, located in Utah's Monument Valley, has amazing views, and, for a hotel out in the middle of this vast expanse of geological glory, has many amenities. Staffed by local Navajos (Dine'), one experiences the grace and culture of this Southwestern native American people and the true American West.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 360001
Monument Valley, UT 84536 USA
phone: 435-072-7323 x1
web: www.gouldings@gouldings.com

Room amenities: In-room wireless Internet access, flat-screen TV with satellite TV service, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer and bathing amenities, ironing board and iron, individual climate control

Facility amenities: Year-round indoor heated swimming pool; seasonal outdoor sundeck; fitness room with treadmill and weight bench; public computer station with free Internet access; DVD rentals; historical museum on property; Stage Coach Dining Room; Earth Spirit Theater

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, May 18 - Tuba City Trading Post / Explore Navajo Interacti...
Tuba City Trading Post / Explore Navajo Interactive Museum / Navajo National Monument / Kayenta Burger King

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over uneven paved and unpaved terrain

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After breakfast and hotel check-out, we'll depart for Tuba City where we'll visit the Tuba Trading Post and the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum.

The Explore Navajo Interactive Museum approximates the journey Navajos take through life. Four monumental directional symbols divide the Museum into four quadrants.

Traveling clockwise, you will enter in the East and move to the South, West and North where in each quadrant you are introduced to the land, language, history, culture and ceremonial life of the Navajo.

The Tuba Trading Post has been a part of the Indian Country landscape since 1870. The Trading Post has been restored to capture much of its original character, and remains a working trading post today serving much of the local Navajo community.

After visiting these two sites, the bus will depart for Navajo National Monument. The prehistoric Puebloan Ancestors built Tsegi Phase villages within the natural sandstone alcoves of the canyons at Navajo National Park. The resilient Ancestral Puebloans paved the way for current Native American groups in the Southwest region. These villages, which date from 1250 to 1300 CE, thrill all who visit with original architectural elements such as roof beams, masonry walls, rock art, and hand and foot holds.

Lunch: At the Burger King in Kayenta where we will view the incredible collection of World War Two Navajo Codetalker memorabilia housed at this unique location

Afternoon: Continue on to Goulding's Lodge for hotel check-in.

Dinner: At Goulding's Lodge

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Goulding's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Goulding's Lodge, located in Utah's Monument Valley, has amazing views, and, for a hotel out in the middle of this vast expanse of geological glory, has many amenities. Staffed by local Navajos (Dine'), one experiences the grace and culture of this Southwestern native American people and the true American West.

Contact info:
P. O. Box 360001
Monument Valley, UT 84536 USA
phone: 435-072-7323 x1
web: www.gouldings@gouldings.com

Room amenities: In-room wireless Internet access, flat-screen TV with satellite TV service, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer and bathing amenities, ironing board and iron, individual climate control

Facility amenities: Year-round indoor heated swimming pool; seasonal outdoor sundeck; fitness room with treadmill and weight bench; public computer station with free Internet access; DVD rentals; historical museum on property; Stage Coach Dining Room; Earth Spirit Theater

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, May 19 - Field Trip: Navajo Led Full-day Exploration of Mo...
Field Trip: Navajo Led Full-day Exploration of Monument Valley in 4WD Vehicles

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over uneven unpaved terrain; getting on and off 4WD vehicles at locations on Monument Valley exploration; standing at some locations while guide explains area; some optional climbing

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart for a full-day exploration of Monument Valley in 4WD vehicles.

Lunch: Special cook-out lunch in Monument Valley

Afternoon: Continued exploration of the wonders of Monument Valley

Dinner: At Goulding's Lodge

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Goulding's Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Farmington, the hotel offers easy access to most major area attractions such as Anasazi Heritage Center, Aztec Ruins National Monument. Hotel has a saltwater swimming pool.

Contact info:
1500 Bloomfield Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87401 USA
phone: 505-564-1300
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Room amenities: iPod docking stations, LCD televisions, pillowtop beds, cotton sheets and down comforters, free wired and wireless Internet access, 32-inch HD TVs with digital programming. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: 24-hour business center and front desk, Braille or raised signage, business services, complimentary newspapers in lobby, computer station, dry cleaning/laundry service, elevator/lift, fitness facilities, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, luggage storage, safe deposit box at front desk, smoke-free property, spa tub, indoor swimming pool,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 20 - Edge of the Cedars State Park / Shiprock, NM
Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain; getting on and off bus several times

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, the bus will depart for Blanding, Utah. We will visit the Edge of the Cedars Pueblo, a village inhabited by the ancestors of contemporary Puebloan peoples from AD 825 to 1125, and climb down a ladder to enter the 1,000-year-old kiva. We can also view the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners area.

Lunch: At selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, the bus will depart for Farmington with a photo stop along the way in Shiprock, N.M. The Shiprock landform is the remnant of an explosive volcanic eruption that occurred around 30 million years ago. The main part of the landform is 600 meters high, and 500 meters in diameter. Ship Rock, known as Tse Bitai, or "the winged rock" in Navajo, is a volcanic neck, or the central feeder pipe of larger volcanic landform which has since eroded away. After the photo stop, we will continue on to Farmington for hotel check-in.

Dinner: At selected restaurant

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Farmington

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. In the 1910s, a portion of the property was a dormitory for the Sisters of Charity. The primary façade is from the 1950's St. Vincent's Hospital, designed by John Gaw Meem, and is an excellent example of late Territorial Revival style. The hospital remained in the building until 1977; after that, the structure housed offices, as well as being used for movie sets. The new 182-room hotel features all of the renowned amenities of Drury Hotels, as well as modern, spacious, light-filled rooms with magnificent views of Santa Fe skies. A rooftop pool provides more breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is a restaurant on premises, and Santa Fe's famous Plaza area is but steps away. The fully renovated buildings are steeped in history, and surrounded by a pedestrian oasis - all in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Contact info:
228 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-982-0571
web: druryplazasantafe.com

Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, and numerous easy-to-access electrical outlets in every room, mountain or garden views, flat-panel televisions in every room

Facility amenities: The hotel features mountain and garden views, room service, concierge services, free WiFi, a laundry, free local calls, luggage storage, a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool (available 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily), a health/fitness club, on-site restaurant, security staff, 24-hour business center, a beautiful rooftop bar, lush green spaces around the property. Popcorn and sodas are available between 3:00 and 10:00 PM daily; complimentary hot snacks and beverages are available daily between 5:30 and 7:00 PM during the "Kickback" reception; rotating menu items include hot dogs, buffalo wings, popcorn, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price offered
Please call Charmaine Archuleta or Jenny Cintron at the hotel directly to arrange for additional nights. We suggest you call well in advance of your program date. Please mention that you'll be attending a Road Scholar program, and include your program's start and end dates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Twelve: Thursday, May 21 - Field Trip to Chaco Canyon / Travel to Santa Fe
Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain; getting on and off bus several times; standing in some areas during guided explorations

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Check out of hotel; pick up boxed lunches and depart for Chaco Canyon.

Chaco Canyon was the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. The monumental scale of its architecture, the complexity of its community life, the high level of its community social organization, and its far-reaching commerce created a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since.

The cultural flowering of the Chacoan people began in the mid 800s and lasted more than 300 years. We can see it clearly in the grand scale of the architecture. Using masonry techniques unique for their time, they constructed massive stone buildings (Great Houses) of multiple stories containing hundreds of rooms much larger than any they had previously built. The buildings were planned from the start, in contrast to the usual practiced of adding rooms to existing structures as needed. Constructions on some of these buildings spanned decades and even centuries. Although each is unique, all great houses share architectural features that make them recognizable as Chacoan.

Lunch: Boxed lunches in the canyon

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our exploration of the canyon and then depart for Santa Fe.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Thirteen: Friday, May 22 - Breakfast and Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Breakfast is the last meal included in the program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 11:00 AM.

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


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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