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Four Corners Anasazi Sacred Sites: Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon and More

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Program #11010RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
The altitude of the sites visited on this program ranges from 5,500 ft. to 8,000 ft.

Itinerary for Sep 30 — Oct 8, 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: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

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: Monday, September 30 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Orientation and Introductions
Arrive To: Arrive at Santa Fe hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM for check-in and registration with Road Scholar group leader.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 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: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

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: Tuesday, October 01 - Puebloan Archeology and Anthropology/Guided Bus a...
Puebloan Archeology and Anthropology/Guided Bus and Walking Trip through Santa Fe/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Archeoastronomy Discussion

Note: Walking trip in downtown Santa Fe will include introduction to many historic sites in Plaza area; bus trip will familiarize you with Santa Fe. Walking up to a few blocks and standing at museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class on Puebloan Anthropology/Archaeology from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (with breaks each hour)

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:15 PM for field trip to explore some special areas of Santa Fe. Part of the trip will be a guided walk through the most historic places in the downtown area and a visit to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Return to hotel at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: From 7:00 - 8:30 PM, there will be a discussion/lecture on Archeoastronomy and you'll learn how ancient peoples from Egypt to Peru to Chaco Canyon used Archeoastronomy to know when to plant and harvest crops, conduct seasonal celebrations and religious ceremonies, and to plan many other aspects of their lives.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is conveniently located off U.S. Highway 160, just minutes from Mesa Verde National Park, the Dolores River, the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Contact info:
2321 E. Main
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 866-348-6112
web: www.BaymontInns.com/Cortez

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV, free wireless high speed Internet access, hair dryers, in-room coffee maker, individual A/C and heat, iron and ironing board, pillow top mattresses, wake-up service

Facility amenities: The facility offers Braille elevators, an exercise room, guest-use fax machine, guest laundry, indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool/hot tub, news stand, a sun deck, and free wireless high speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, October 02 - Travel to Cortez, Colorado
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Cortez, Colorado at 8:00 AM. Drive across northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, with some stops for photo opportunities, as well as discussion on the way with your study guide about the archeological/anthropological significance of areas you'll travel through.

Lunch: Box lunch while in transit

Afternoon: Continue traveling to Cortez. Arrive at the Baymont Inn Cortez at approximately 4:00 PM for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant, Lotsa Pasta

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Baymont Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is conveniently located off U.S. Highway 160, just minutes from Mesa Verde National Park, the Dolores River, the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Contact info:
2321 E. Main
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 866-348-6112
web: www.BaymontInns.com/Cortez

Room amenities: Cable/satellite TV, free wireless high speed Internet access, hair dryers, in-room coffee maker, individual A/C and heat, iron and ironing board, pillow top mattresses, wake-up service

Facility amenities: The facility offers Braille elevators, an exercise room, guest-use fax machine, guest laundry, indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool/hot tub, news stand, a sun deck, and free wireless high speed Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, October 03 - Mesa Verde National Park/Exploration of Cliff Dwe...
Note: Walking up to three miles over paved and unpaved, possibly uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart at 8:00 AM for an exploration of Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table,” offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually building elaborate stone villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. Today, most people call these sheltered villages “cliff dwellings.” The cliff dwellings represent the last 75 to 100 years of occupation at Mesa Verde. In the late 1200s, within the span of one or two generations, they left their homes and moved away. The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States, offering visitors a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Twenty-four Native American tribes in the southwest have an ancestral affiliation with the sites at Mesa Verde.

Lunch: Boxed picnic lunch

Afternoon: Continue field trip at Mesa Verde National Park

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM at Nero's. Nero's is a well-known restaurant in Cortez, featuring Italian cuisine. You'll find other types of food available to you as well.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Baymont Inn and Suites

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

Description: Located in near Chinle, Arizona, the hotel features 73 modern rooms. The lodge’s pink adobe construction is reminiscent of ancient pueblos. Guests enjoy sitting in the shade of cottonwood trees planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Contact info:
PO Box 548
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 800-679-2473
web: www.sacredcanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: Private baths, air conditioning/central heating, telephones, color/cable television,

Facility amenities: On-site cafeteria, charming guest rooms

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


Day Five: Friday, October 04 - Hovenweep National Monument/Travel to Canyon de C...
Note: Walking up to three miles over paved and unpaved, possibly uneven terrain

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

Morning: Bus departs at 8:30 AM for Hovenweep, Utah. Hovenweep National Monument protects five prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders. Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character. The Square Tower Group is the primary contact facility with a visitor center and interpretive trail. Human habitation at Hovenweep dates to over 10,000 years ago when nomadic Paleoindians visited the Cajon Mesa to gather food and hunt game. These people used the area for centuries, following the seasonal weather patterns.

Lunch: Box lunches from Cortez restaurant, Once Upon A Sandwich

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Canyon de Chelly, arriving around 6:00 PM for check-in at the Sacred Canyon Lodge.

Dinner: Dinner in the lodge cafeteria

Lodging: Sacred Canyon Lodge

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

Description: Located in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, the Step Back Inn is a charming family-owned hotel in Aztec.

Contact info:
103 West Aztec Boulevard
Aztec, NM 87410 USA
phone: 505-334-1200
Room amenities: Comfortable beds, antique-like furnishings, Victorian décor. Private baths offer hairdryers, shampoo and lotion. Iron and ironing boards available, cable television.

Facility amenities: This modern hotel is decorated in Victorian style, and offers antique-style furnishings and very comfortable, welcoming surroundings. A dining room area is available for cards or conversation in the evenings. There are accommodations both upstairs and down; no elevator is available. If stairs are a problem for you, please let us know in advance so we can request a first-floor room for you.

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


Day Six: Saturday, October 05 - Canyon de Chelly National Monument/Travel to Azte...
Note: Walking up to three miles over paved and unpaved, possibly uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast in the cafeteria

Morning: Depart at 8:30 AM for a driving exploration of the north and south rims of Canyon de Chelly. At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages built between A.D. 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basketmakers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here.

Lunch: Lunch in the cafeteria

Afternoon: Bus departs at 2:00 PM for Aztec, New Mexico

Dinner: Dinner at Three Rivers Eatery and Brewery in Farmington around 5:30 PM. A favorite of many locals, you'll find a wide variety of food choices.

Evening: After dinner, the bus continues to Aztec, New Mexico for hotel check-in at the Step Back Inn.

Lodging: Step Back Inn

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

Description: Located in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, the Step Back Inn is a charming family-owned hotel in Aztec.

Contact info:
103 West Aztec Boulevard
Aztec, NM 87410 USA
phone: 505-334-1200
Room amenities: Comfortable beds, antique-like furnishings, Victorian décor. Private baths offer hairdryers, shampoo and lotion. Iron and ironing boards available, cable television.

Facility amenities: This modern hotel is decorated in Victorian style, and offers antique-style furnishings and very comfortable, welcoming surroundings. A dining room area is available for cards or conversation in the evenings. There are accommodations both upstairs and down; no elevator is available. If stairs are a problem for you, please let us know in advance so we can request a first-floor room for you.

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


Day Seven: Sunday, October 06 - Salmon Ruins/Aztec Ruins National Monument
Note: Walking up to three miles over paved and unpaved, possibly uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at Sonya's Cookin' USA Restaurant

Morning: Bus departs for Salmon Ruins, named for George Salmon who homesteaded the property in the late 1800s. The initial construction phase has been dated to A.D. 1080-1090 and the site is known as a Chacoan "outlier," meaning a Great House built in the Chacoan style of architecture and masonry. The original inhabitants of this site abandoned it about A.D. 1120, possibly moving to the new site being constructed at Aztec, N.M., about 10 milres to the north. The site was reoccupied about A.D. 1180, probably by local San Juan Basin people, leaving traces of their own northern ceramic and masonry styles. The final abandonment took place about A.D. 1285 during a major 40-year drought that caused a general abandonment of the entire region.

Lunch: Lunch at Sonya's Cookin' USA

Afternoon: Bus departs at 2:00 PM for a visit to Aztec Ruins. Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves structures and artifacts of Ancestral Pueblo people from the 1100s through the 1200s. It may have been seen as another Chacoan outlier, however, more recent research indicates it may have been the second Chacoan "capitol," established and occupied after the abandonment of Chaco Canyon in the 1150s. Aztec itself was abandoned about A.D. 1275 as a result of the 40-year drought. Some Southwestern archeologists believe the Chacoan "elites" then moved south and established Paquime, another immense site in northern Mexico. The Aztec monument was established in 1923 with the excavation and reconstruction of Aztec West by Earl Morris and designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. Bus returns to Step Back Inn at 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Bus departs at 5:30 PM for dinner at selected restaurant. Return at around 7:30 PM.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Step Back Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

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 Eight: Monday, October 07 - Chaco Canyon/Cuba, New Mexico
Note: Walking up to three miles over paved and unpaved, possibly uneven terrain

Breakfast: Check out and departure at 6:15 AM for breakfast at Sonya's Cookin' USA

Morning: Bus departs Sonya's Cookin' USA at 7:30 AM for Chaco Canyon. Watch a film en route. Bus will be met in Nageezi by a school bus; the road into Chaco is rough and unpaved, and motor coaches are advised not to travel the road. A school bus company does most group transport into the Canyon. A bit bumpy, but it's the only way to get there! Arrive at Visitors' Center at 10:00 AM. Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas. Chaco was a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between A.D. 850 and 1150. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area. It is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings, and its distinctive architecture. To construct the buildings, along with the associated Chacoan roads, ramps, dams and mounds required a great deal of well-organized and skillful planning, designing, resource gathering and construction. The Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture, one that amazes us a thousand years later.

Lunch: Enjoy box lunches

Afternoon: Your exploration of Chaco Canyon continues until 4:00 PM, when bus leaves for Cuba, New Mexico.

Dinner: Dinner at El Bruno's restaurant at 6:00 PM. El Bruno's will offer you a chicken dish or a traditional northern New Mexican entree (which is really tasty!).

Evening: Travel from Cuba back to hotel in Santa Fe. Arrive in Santa Fe about 9:00 PM.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, October 08 - Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in hotel dining room from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

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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8 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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