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Program #14715RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Elevations during the program range from 5500' to a brief period at 9000 during the Chama train ride

Itinerary for Aug 22 — Aug 29, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NW
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: Thursday, August 22 - Check-In/Orientation/Introductions
Arrive To: Check in at hotel anytime after 3:00 PM.

Register between 4:00 and 5:30 PM with the program's group leader in designated area at hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NW
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: Friday, August 23 - Railroad Historic Society Locomotive Restoration ...
Railroad Historic Society Locomotive Restoration Site Visit/Belen Harvey House/Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railyard

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: PRESENTATION: 8:30-9:30 AM: History of railroading in New Mexico

Mergers changed the names of the players, but most rail lines remain today in the original road beds.

The exact number of railroads that were built in NM isn't known for sure, but there were about 107 that actually operated, and another group that were proposed but never laid down rails. They were firmly established by 1891.

Bus departs at 9:45 AM to visit the Railroad Historic Society Locomotive Restoration facility in Albuquerque.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Following lunch, you'll visit the gallery at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a visit to Belen, NM. Belen was a major stop on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, which was one of the largest railroads in the US. The company was first chartered in 1859.

There's an old Harvey House in Belen, and a lot of history, that you'll visit, followed by an exploration of the Railyard.

Belen still sees about 100 trains a day pass through the railyard there, hauling freight in all directions.

At 4:00 PM, bus will depart for Albuquerque.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00-7:00 PM..

Evening: PRESENTATION: Optional video in hotel meeting room

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Moteloffers unrivaled combination of highest quality standards, friendly staff, spacious rooms, and a central location close to the Cumbres & Tolted Scenic Railroad station, Heron and El Vado lakes, and everything you'll want to experience on your southwestern vacation.

Contact info:
1511 Hwy 17
Chama, NM 87511 USA
phone: 180-044-6265 x0
web: www.brandingironmotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, telephones with wake-up calls available, alarm clocks, handicap-accessible rooms available, cable TV and HBO

Facility amenities: Branding Iron Restaurant, air conditioning, high speed wireless Internet, playground and horse facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, August 24 - MiningMuseum/Turquoise Museum/Cerrillos/Madrid/Ab...
Note: Bus trip from Albuquerque to Chama includes many stops along the Turquose Trail to explore railroad stations and sites, concluding with Chama Railyard - walking short distances and standing for up to 30 minutes

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM and hotel check-out

Morning: At 9:00 AM, bus departs for trip to Chama, NM.

Traveling along the historic Turquoise Trail, a designated National Scenic Byway, bus will stop in towns of Cerrillos and Madrid, all featuring interesting railroad history.

Madrid has a fascinating coal-mining history, and much coal from the loval mines traveled by train to other areas of the country.

Today, Madrid is a charming little town, with a population made up of artists and musicians. Many of the old homes inhabited by the coal miners and their families have been restored and are fun to see. While in Madrid, you'll visit the Mining Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid from 11:30-12:30 PM. This building was one of the mine shafts in the town; it has been "somewhat restored" and has a funky, old-West feel to it - and great food!

Afternoon: Bus departs at 12:30 PM. Following lunch, you'll visit the Turquoise Museum in Cerrillos, NM, then continue on to Chama. You'll go through Espanola; your guide will discuss the Chili Line and other railroad stops along the way to include Piedra Lumbre Visitor Center, Ghost Ranch and Echo Amphitheater.

Arrive in Chama and view the railyard area there where the Cumbres Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad runs.

Check into your hotel in Chama about 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:30 PM at the High Country Restaurant in Chama. Bus will return to hotel after dinner.

Lodging: The Branding Iron Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: New hotel

Contact info:
3130 Santa Fe Trail Drive
Trinidad, CO 81082 USA
phone: 719-845-8400
Room amenities: cable/satellite TV, air conditioning, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, room service

Facility amenities: dataports, free parking, tennis court, pool, wheelchair accessible, interior corridors, business center, air-conditioning, gym, laundry/valet services, restaurant

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, August 25 - Ride Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Train, Anton...
Breakfast: Hotel check out by 7:00 AM. Board bus at 7:15 AM to High Country Restaurant. Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 AM.

Morning: You'll arrive at the rail yard about 9:00 AM. You'll begin to board the train at 9:30 AM, for your trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad, departing at 10:00 AM.

This train uses a steam engine on a narrow gauge railroad. You'll travel through gorgeous mountain areas, covered with wild flowers.

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Lunch: Lunch in Ossier, CO (about 9,000 feet in altitude!) (they'll take your lunch order on the train), then resume train ride at 1:00 PM

Afternoon: Train continues on to Antonito, CO, arriving about 4:00 PM. This town was founded in 1880. It was common for the expanding railroad to create these railroad towns. During the days of full operations on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Antonito was the connection between the narrow gauge tracks west to Chama and the standard gauge tracks east to Alamosa, CO. The original depot, built in 1882, is still standing east of Main Street. This is a remarkable cut lava stone structure with fine wood detailing. The old Depot is still used by the railroad to house radio equipment.

The new depot was constructed in 1978. It houses the restrooms, ticket office, and waiting area for the current passenger operations of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. There is a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor for the night watch person.

Board the bus, which will be waiting for you, and depart for Trinidad, CO

Arrive in Trinidad about 7:30 PM for hotel check-in and dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 7:30-8:30 PM.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Trinidad

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Plaza Hotel, in Las Vegas, NM, was built in 1882, and presided regally over the Old Town Plaza. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders held their first reunion at the hotel in 1899. In 1882, it had 54 rooms, but in 1982, when it was renovated, the number of rooms was reduced to 37 to add private baths and generous dressing rooms. After the railroad first reached Las Vegas in 1879, merchants rich from the Santa Fe Trail trade pooled $1,000 each to build this hotel. Because of its hospitality and beauty, the hotel today is just as ready to serve you a good meal or let you sleep in a comfortable bed as it was in 1882. The best thing about the hotel is its resident ghost, that of Byron T. Mills!

Contact info:
230 Plaza
Las Vegas, NM 87701 USA
phone: 505-425-3591 xor18003281882
web: www.plazahotel-nm.com

Room amenities: in-room coffee and tea, cable TV including HBO, ESPN and MTV, free local calls

Facility amenities: Restaurant on premises, Western-style saloon, wireless internet, meeting facility, free off-street parking

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, August 26 - Amtrak to Las Vegas, NM/Casteneda Harvey House/La...
Amtrak to Las Vegas, NM/Casteneda Harvey House/Las Vegas Roundhouse/Historic Plaza Hotel

Note: You'll ride the Amtrak train from Trinidad, CO to Las Vegas, NM

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel in Trinidad from 7:00-7:45 AM

Morning: Check out of the hotel and have your luggage to the bus for loading by 7:45 AM.

Bus departs at 8:00 AM for driving excursion around Trinidad, an old railroad and mining town, with some interesting sites we want you to see.

You'll arrive at the Trinidad Amtrak Station at 9:15 AM, and board a train for a 9:50 AM departure to Las Vegas, NM. The train arrives in Las Vegas at 12:50 PM.

Lunch: Bus will pick you up at train station, and take you to lunch at a local restaurant from 1:00-2:15 PM.

Afternoon: At 2:30 PM, with a local guide, bus will depart for a visit to Las Vegas' historic buildings, including the Casteneda Harvey House and the Las Vegas Roundhouse.

Las Vegas has many sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The pivotal moment in the history of Las Vegas was the arrival of the railroad on July 4, 1879, changing forever the destiny of Las Vegas. With its arrival came legitimate businesses; but it also brought a large number of frontier riffraff including murderers, robbers, thieves, gamblers, swindlers, gunmen, vagrants, and just plain tramps.

If time allows, you'll have some free time on the Las Vegas Plaza to explore.

Check in at the hotel at 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM in the hotel dining room.

Evening: From 7:00-8:00 PM, you'll have a special guest lecturer who will talk about some of the things that make Las Vegas such a special place.

Lodging: The Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza, Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas. The hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.

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


Day Six: Tuesday, August 27 - Lamy Railroad and History Museum/Walking Explorat...
Lamy Railroad and History Museum/Walking Exploration of Santa Fe/La Fonda Hotel (Old Harvey House)

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area from 7:00-8:00 AM.

Morning: From 8:30 until 10:00 AM, you'll have a class with a Las Vegas historian, who will tell you about the history of railroading in New Mexico, especially in the Las Vegas area.

At 10:30, bus departs for Lamy, NM, another stop on Amtrak's train route through New Mexico. Visit the Lamy Railroad and History Museum from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Bus travels to Santa Fe at 12:30 PM.

Lunch: Lunch in Santa Fe from 1:00-2:00 PM

Afternoon: Following lunch, you'll have a guided walking exploration of the historic Plaza area downtown which will include a stop at La Fonda Hotel, which was a Harvey House many years ago. You will have some free time on the Plaza.

Bus will take you to the hotel for check-in at approximately 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Your group leader will provide you with a list of restaurants near the hotel (only a few blocks from the downtown area); you're on your own for dinner tonight.

There are a lot of great places to dine, and you'll have some time to explore the downtown area either before or after dinner.

Evening: Free evening. You might wish to try a bit of Santa Fe night life!

Lodging: Santa Fe Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NW
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 Seven: Wednesday, August 28 - Free Time in Santa Fe/Tomasita's Restaurant/State...
Free Time in Santa Fe/Tomasita's Restaurant/State Museums/RailRunner Train Trip to Albuquerque

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM and hotel check-out.

Morning: DISCUSSION from 8:30-9:30 AM in hotel meeting room and question and answer time with your instructor about New Mexico's railroads, past and present day.

Take luggage to the bus for loading.

Bus departs at 9:45 AM for a visit to the Capitol in downtown Santa Fe (from 10:00-10:45 am).

Lunch: At 10:45 the bus will depart for lunch at Tomasita's Restaurant from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. We have to have an early lunch here, as the restaurant does not allow groups after 11:00 AM.

Afternoon: At 12:30 PM, take a short walking excursion through the Railyard district.

At 1:00 pm, bus departs for Museum Hill and a visit to the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

At 3:30, bus departs for downtown area, where you'll board the 4:10 PM Railrunner train for the trip back to Albuquerque. The bus will take your luggage, so you won't have to deal with that!

The Railrunner Train System is fairly new in New Mexico; it currently runs between Belen and Santa Fe, and there are plans for further expansion in the future.

You'll arrive in downtown Albuquerque at the Alvarado Station about 5:30 PM. This train station is very interesting, and you'll have a little time to look around after your arrival there.

At 6:00 PM, our bus will depart for the hotel, arriving about 6:30 PM for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments in the hotel dining room from 7:15-8:45 PM.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Thursday, August 29 - Departure Day
Depart From: DEPARTURE. Check-out no later than 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-9:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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