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Enchanting New Mexico: Intergenerational Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

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Program #20168RJ
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 this program range from 5,600' to 7'500' above sea level

Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 11, 2013

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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: Sunday, August 04 - Registration/Program Orientation and Introduction...
Note: Walking in and around hotel; elevators to all floors available

Arrive To: Arrive in Albuquerque.

Check into hotel between 3:00-5:30 PM.

Register with program's group leader between 4:00-5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/property/propertypage/SAFCY

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - "History of New Mexico" Presentation/Field Trip t...
"History of New Mexico" Presentation/Field Trip to Pecos National Historical Park/Guided Exploration of Santa Fe/Crafts Class

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day. Pecos National Monument has a 3/4 mile walk over paved trail - you can take the bus to the trail's end if you don't want to walk. Walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe - walking over uneven brick and paved terrain up to one mile including Capitol building visit. There are places to sit down and rest in the Capitol building.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: PRESENTATION: "New Mexico's Wild and Wooly History" by instructor who makes the story of New Mexico interesting with lots of photos and surprises.

Hotel checkout and 1 1/2-hour bus trip to Pecos National Historical Park.

Pecos National Historical Park preserves more than 12,000 years of rich cultural history, including Pecos Pueblo and Spanish mission ruins, the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail, the Forked Lighting Ranch and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass.

There is a wonderful visitors' center, narrated videos explaining the history of the area, a 3/4 mile long paved trail (we will have a ranger escort the group), and ruins sites. You may go down a ladder into a kiva ruin if you wish.

Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's southwestern grill in Pecos

Afternoon: Bus travels to Santa Fe, about a 45-minute ride.

Upon arrival, there will be a walking exploration of historic downtown Santa Fe and the Railyard area, including the Plaza, St. Francis Catherdral and the Capitol Building, followed by a guided bus trip around the city.

This part of Santa Fe offers lots of park-like areas so young people can enjoy some time together, checking out things that interest them. They'll have their own guide for this afternoon's excursion.

Dinner: Enjoy an early dinner at Tomasita's Restaurant in the Railyard district.

This is one of Santa Fe locals' favorite places to eat; you'll be able to order from the menu, and there is a children's menu as well.

Evening: Check into hotel after dinner (about 6:15 PM).

At 7:00 PM there will be a hands-on jewelry crafts class taught by a Native American from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo will offer young people and adults an opportunity to learn about traditional Native American crafts and to make something they can be proud to wear and use after the program ends.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/property/propertypage/SAFCY

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - Field Trip to Tent Rocks/Visits to Museum of Inte...
Field Trip to Tent Rocks/Visits to Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Note: Walking over even and uneven paved or packed dirt terrain up to two miles over course of day. Tent Rocks Cave Loop trail is a mile-long walk with quite a bit of incline. Walking and standing at museums; walking up to one mile over the course of the day. Free time activities in afternoon and evening will allow you to adjust walking/standing to your own comfort level.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs at 8:15 AM for Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The relatively easy Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, and winds it way through some of the distinctive geological formations for which the Monument is named. The more difficult Canyon Trail is a 1.5 mile one-way trek into a slot canyon, ending with a steep 630-foot ascent to the top of the mesa.

Lunch: Bus departs at 11:15 AM for Museum Hill, where the group will have lunch at Museum Hill Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch, you can visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The Folk Art Museum has a huge collection of folk art from around the world, displayed in charming vignettes. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture showcases pottery, both ancient and modern and has many displays that will appeal to young people as well as adults.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are free. The bus will depart from Museum Hill for return to the hotel at 3:30 PM. If you wish, you can be dropped off in the downtown area or spend more time at Museum Hill.

Your "Culture Pass" will enable you to visit the downtown state museums, including the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, or the New Mexico Museum of Art, or you can explore on your own. Dinner is on your own tonight as well.

You'll be responsible for getting yourselves back to the hotel by taxi or city bus if you choose to remain at Museum Hill or be dropped off downtown.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can make some suggestions based on your food preferences and whether or not you choose to stay downtown or return to the area around the hotel; there are restaurants in that part of town as well.

Evening: This is a free evening, but you may wish to spend it at the hotel - there is a swimming pool - and there's a large Regal Cinemas movie complex about a mile down Cerrillos Road.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos, the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - Southwestern Crafts Class/Puye Cliff Dwellings/Sa...
Southwestern Crafts Class/Puye Cliff Dwellings/Santa Clara Pueblo/Arrival in Taos

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day. Puye Cliff Dwellings offers several trail walks over packed dirt terrain with some inclination gain; total walking distance approximately one mile. Short walking distance over packed dirt terrain at Santa Clara Pueblo with standing during pottery demo.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: At 8:00 AM there will be a hands-on Southwestern crafts class.

Pick up boxed lunches after class; depart for Puye Cliff Dwellings at 10:15 AM.

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande valley. They became the ancestors of today's Santa Clara people, who now live at Santa Clara Pueblo, 10 miles east of Puye. Puye Cliffs comprises two levels of cliff and cave dwellings cut into the cliff face, as well as dwellings on the mesa top. Over one mile long, the first level runs the length of the base of the mesa. The second level is about 2,100 feet long. Paths and stairways were cut in the face of the rock to connect the two levels and allow people to climb to the top of the mesa.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at Puye Cliff Dwellings

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go on to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock's studio and learn about Santa Clara pottery.

The bus will depart for Taos about 2:30 PM.

Check in at the hotel about 4:00 PM.

From 5:00 to 6:00 there will be a presentation at the hotel about Taos and its colorful past and present.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos, the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - San Francisco de Asis Mission Church/Rio Grande G...
San Francisco de Asis Mission Church/Rio Grande Gorge/Millicent Rogers Museum/Taos Pueblo/Martinez Hacienda

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved terrain and uneven, packed dirt terrain. There are places to sit everywhere except Taos Pueblo; there is a one-hour guided exploration of the Pueblo.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet-style at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs at 8:15 for a visit to San Francisco de Asis Mission Church.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a church built between 1772 and 1816. It is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself a historic district named Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico.

Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers; its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico, and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is also designated as a World Heritage church.

At 9:00 AM, the bus will travel to the remarkable Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

The bridge was built in the cantilever truss style and is the second highest bridge of its construction in the country. 650 feet below it runs the Rio Grande. The scenery is spectacular!

At 9:45 AM, the bus will depart for the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy outstanding historical collections of Native American jewelry, pottery- including the Maria Martinez Family Collection, contemporary paintings and weavings. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metalwork and sculpture, as well as, a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.

You'll then go to Taos Pueblo for a guided visit there. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have some free time to explore the area around Taos Plaza.

At 3:00 PM, travel on to the Martinez Hacienda, one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martinez, this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire.

Bus departs at 4:30 for return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Trading Post Cafe.

A local favorite, the Trading Post will provide you with several entree choices; it's a relaxing and interesting place to dine.

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel at about 7:30 PM.

Lodging: Comfort Suites

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 Six: Friday, August 09 - Chimayó/Nambe Falls/Anderson-Abruzzo Internationa...
Chimayó/Nambe Falls/Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Albuquerque's Old Town

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved terrain and even packed dirt terrain Standing up to one hour at museums; places to sit down and rest in all museums and at Cultural Center.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Morning: Bus departs at 8:00 AM on the "High Road" to the little village of Chimayó. You'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the reputed healing powers of the earth that is found inside.

It's really a fascinating and beautifully simple little church; it is the site of many personal pilgrimages from all around the northern part of the state.

Bus then proceeds on to Nambe Pueblo for a short hike to Nambe Falls.

Lunch: Lunch at the Sopaipilla Factory

Afternoon: The bus will continue on to Albuquerque, arriving there about 2:00 PM.

We'll stop for a visit at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

The museum is a 59,000-square foot facility designed to house creative and technological exhibits focused on a wide variety of ballooning experiences.

The exhibition space is 25,000 square feet. Long-term displays are located in the central corridor of the museum. Temporary exhibitions are mounted in four changing galleries. The museum also contains creative (hands-on) learning spaces and classrooms.

After the visit to the Museum, you'll continue on toe the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

This facility features a brief historical overview of the Pueblo world, and a contemporary exhibit featuring original artwork and craftsmanship of each of the 19 Pueblos of today.

Next, you'll travel to Albuquerque's Old Town.

Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape. Long portals (porches) line the fronts of most buildings offering shade from the New Mexican sun. Bancos (benches) are often found built into the back walls of the portals, providing the perfect place for weary walkers to sit and watch the world go by.

For almost three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is the Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. There are many shops, restaurants and historical buildings to be enjoyed here.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Sweet Tomatoes on San Mateo from 6:00-7:00 PM. This restaurant offers lighter fare than you've been having the last several days; there are many choices of soups and salads as well as other things to eat.

Evening: Bus travels to MCM Elegante Hotel for check-in

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

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 Seven: Saturday, August 10 - Petroglyph National Monument/Acoma Pueblo
Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved trails, packed dirt terrain. You may choose the trails you wish to explore at Petroglyph National Monument to accommodate your personal preference and physical condition.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:15-9:15 AM, there will be a presentation in a hotel meeting room about Albuquerque and its interesting history.

At 9:30 AM, board bus and depart for a visit to Petroglyph National Monument at Boca Negra Canyon. You'll start off with a ranger lecture at 10:00 AM and a chance to explore the visitors' center.

This area was once a hunting and gathering area for prehistoric Native Americans, who left a chronicle of their beliefs etched on the dark basalt boulders.

There are over 25,000 petroglyphs in the park. Those who wish may hike around some of the park; you may discover some more petroglyphs!

Lunch: Bus departs about 11:30 AM for the trip to Acoma Pueblo. You'll have lunch at 12:45 PM at the Pueblo's Yaak'a Cafe. You'll be able to enjoy traditional Acoma foods there, with several choices available.

Afternoon: Known as "Sky City," Acoma Pueblo is a walled adobe village perched high atop a sheer rock mesa 365 feet above the 6,600' valley floor, and is believed to have been inhabited at least since the 11th century - the longest continuously occupied community in the United States.

The Keresan-speaking pueblo boasts over 6,000 inhabitants, but only about 50 people reside year-round on the 70-acre mesa top.

You'll travel to the top in a pueblo bus to reach the mesa's summit. There's no running water or electricity in this village; a small reservoir collects rainwater for most purposes, but drinking water is transported up from below. Wood-hole ladders and mica windows are prevalent among the 300 adobe structures.

A Native American guide will take you through the pueblo, giving you lots of information about its history and the people who lived there.

A photography permit is included in the admission fee paid by Road Scholar.

Bus departs for Albuquerque at about 3:30 PM.

Dinner: From 6:00-7:30 PM, we'll have our last dinner together at the hotel, followed by closing comments.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, August 11 - Breakfast and hotel checkout/Independent departur...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room between 7:00-9:00 AM.

Hotel check-out time is by 12:00 PM.

Independent departures anytime after breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast


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