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 PMEvening: 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 FeMeals Included: Dinner
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 FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Holiday Inn Canyon de ChellyMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 restaurantAfternoon: 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 favoriteEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Holiday Inn Canyon de ChellyMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 locationAfternoon: Continue on to Goulding's Lodge for hotel check-in.Dinner: At Goulding's LodgeEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Goulding's LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 canyonAfternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our exploration of the canyon and then depart for Santa Fe.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Program closingLodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner