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On the Road: The Geology of Northern New Mexico

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Program #16561RJ
7 Days | 6 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
Santa Fe elevation is 7,000 feet - Taos elevation is 7,500'

Itinerary for May 12 — May 18, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: www.santafe.doubletree.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and 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 rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Santa Fe, NM
Arrive To: Hotel check in anytime after 3:00 PM.

Registration with the program's group leader begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 5:30 PM.

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

Evening: Welcome, introductions, and orientation in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: www.santafe.doubletree.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and 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 rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Introduction to Geology of Northern New Mexico/Bl...
Introduction to Geology of Northern New Mexico/Blue Corn Cafe and Micro-Brewery/Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument/PBS Video about Georgia O'Keeffe

Note: Walking over uneven terrain for up to 2 miles

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:15 AM until 10:30 AM, the study leader/geologist will give you an overview of northern New Mexico's unique landscape and geologic formations caused by a variety of earth processes.

Pick up boxed lunches after class.

At 11:00 AM, the bus will depart for a field trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Located 40 miles southeast of Santa Fe, Tent Rocks includes a national recreation trail through unique, cone-shaped rock formations, after which the monument was named. The Cave Loop trail is 1.2 miles long; the more difficult Canyon Trail is 3 miles round trip.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Monument

Afternoon: Explore Kasha-Katuwe National Monument untill 3:30 PM, when the bus will depart for return to Santa Fe

Dinner: Dinner at Blue Corn Cafe on Rodeo Road. This restaurant is also a micro-brewery, and is a favorite hangout for Santa Fe locals.

You can request chile on the side, if you order New Mexican food, or there will be salads and sandwiches on the menu as well.

Evening: From 7:30 - 8:30 PM, you'll enjoy a PBS video about Georgia O'Keeffe. This video features Ms. O'Keeffe, talking about her love of New Mexico and her life as an artist.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on ancestral lands of modern-day Santa Clara Pueblo tribe; short distance from ancestral cliff dwellings at Puye Cliff Dwellings; features art work from the Santa Clara Pueblo artists; smoke-free.

Contact info:
464 N. Riverside Drive
Espanola, NM 87532 USA
phone: 505-367-4900
web: www.santaclaranc.om

Room amenities: Free high-speed Internet access, lovely hand-carved furniture with Southwest-style accessories; hand-made vanities in bathrooms with double sinks; room service, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, in-room coffee, hotel is non-smoking facility

Facility amenities: 24-hour fitness center with latest cardio equipment; 24-hour business center with computer, printer, universal fax and copying machine and shipping supplies; Starbucks on premises; easy access to Santa Claran Casino and its three superb dining venues; traditional style and simple, elegant design; smoke-free hotel

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Valles Caldera/Bandelier National Monument and Wh...
Note: Walking over uneven terrain for up to 2 miles

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After hotel check-out, take your luggage to bus for loading. Departure at 9:00 AM.

This morning, you'll travel to Valles Caldera by way of Jemez Springs. You'll be overwhelmed by the glorious mountains of the area, and surprised by the differences in the landscape along the way.

First, you'll visit the one-million-year old Valles Caldera (volcanic crater) that is 15 miles in diameter and the centerpiece of the Jemez Volcanic Field in northern New Mexico.

The caldera was formed when the volcanic pile collapsed in response to a huge eruption of ash from the magma chamber.

Subsequent resurgence of magma formed domes along the caldera ring fracture, including Redondo Peak which is over 3,000 feet above the Caldera floor.

In 1999, the U.S. government reached an agreement to buy the 95,000 acre Baca Ranch, which encompassed most of the Valles Caldera, for $101 million to permanently protect it as national preserve lands.

The walk into the Caldera is over uneven, slightly hilly ground, and will be no more than one mile round trip.

Lunch: Lunch at the Ridgeback Cafe in Jemez Springs

Afternoon: After lunch, the bus will depart for Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier's human history extends back for over 10,000 years when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons.

By 1150 CE, Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements. Reminders of these past times are still evident in the park as are the strong ties to modern Pueblo people.

Several thousand Ancestral Pueblo dwellings are found among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons. They were inhabited from the 1100s to the mid-1500s.

In 1880, Jose Montoya of Cochiti Pueblo brought Adolph F. A. Bandelier to Frijoles Canyon, and showed him his people's ancestral homelands.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed a document creating Bandelier National Monument.

You can walk or hike here depending on your physical condition; the two round-trip walks offered by your geologist study guide and his assistant will be one mile round trip or two miles round-trip, and you may choose which you prefer. Terrain is rocky and uneven, with some incline involved, but the easy walk will be a slow and comfortable one, while the longer walk will be a little more strenous.

Bus departs for Espanola at 4:30 PM, with a stop a the White Rock Overlook. The Overlook, just outside of Los Alamos, NM, is a favorite park of tourists and residents alike. It provides magnificent views of the Rio Grande. The cliffs surrounding the area again illustrate the rock strata of the region.

Observe a variety of geological formations in the area, where your geologist explains how they were formed throughout thousands of years of varying climatic conditions.

Check-in at hotel around 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Chili's restaurant

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the casino and lounge, or just to relax.

Lodging: Santa Claran Hotel

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 Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Abiquiu Area/Abiquiu Inn/Ghost Ranch/Taos
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: Hotel checkout. Bus departs at 9:00 AM for drive to the Abiquiu region, made famous by numerous paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe. There will be a lecture on board the bus en route.

Abiquiu Village was settled following a 1754 Spanish land grant to Hispanicized Indians and was a frontier settlement. It was a trade center for Plains and Pueblo Indians in the 18th and 19th centuries.

It is located on private land similar to an Indian Pueblo, so you must obtain permission to take photos. The village and its location have been subject to many artists' renderings of the area.

Lunch: Lunch at the Abiquiu Inn's restaurant, Cafe Abiquiu.

There will be a selection of sandwiches and a choice of dessert.

Afternoon: After lunch, the bus will continue to the Ghost Ranch area.

Now a Presbyterian Conference Center, Ghost Ranch hosts many kinds of programs and conferences.

The Ghost Ranch area is surrounded by red, gray, and yellow hills, including Kitchen Mesa, that O'Keeffe painted many times. The geology of the area is fascinating.

Also, paleontologists worldwide are drawn to the area, because Ghost Ranch was the location of the articulated fossils of the Coelophysis.

It has one of the richest quarries of the Triassic era, which began 220 million years ago.

You'll visit the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, and will see displays ranging from a complete Coelophysis cas skeleton to remains from great alligator-like reptiles.

Bus continues on to Taos, traveling along the Rio Grande. The craggy cliffs surrounding the highway and the beauty of the riverbanks is a spectacular sight.

Hotel check-in at the Comfort Suites in Taos.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

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, May 16 - Taos Plaza and Free Time/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/...
Taos Plaza and Free Time/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Enchanted Circle Route

Note: Walking up to two miles on both even and uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: This morning there will be a class with your study guide on the Ice Age and New Mexico. The bus then departs for Taos Plaza where you will have some free time and lunch on your own.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own. Your group leader can offer some restaurant recommendations in the area.

Afternoon: At 2:00 PM the bus will depart for a visit to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and a scenic drive along the route of the "Enchanted Circle" north of Taos.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Video in hotel meeting room: "Volcanoes of New Mexico"

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: www.santafe.doubletree.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and 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 rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 17 - St. Francis de Asis Mission Church/Penasco Area/V...
St. Francis de Asis Mission Church/Penasco Area/Village of Chimayo/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo/Santa Fe/Dinner at the Hotel/Program Closing

Note: Walking up to two miles on both even and uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM. Check out and take luggage to bus loading area by 8:30 AM.

Morning: Bus departs for Santa Fe. There will be a visit to St. Francis de Asis mission church in Rancho de Taos. This adobe structure has been featured in the works of numerous artists and photographers, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

The bus then continues on to the village of Chimayo, by way of Penasco. You'll stop for some brief walks in the Penasco area to see the landscape and geologic formations.

On arrival in Chimayo, you'll stop for a visit to the Santuario de Chimayo. The Santuario has been called "The Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because the soil in a back room of the church is reputed to have healing properties.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayo

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Santa Fe, where you will have some free time in the downtown Plaza area before going to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Santa Fe from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Evening: Wrap up what we've learned during our program closing in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, May 18 - Breakfast and Hotel Checkout
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel between 6:30 and 9:30 AM. Independent departures.

Check-out is no later than 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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