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Program #13548RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
7,000 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience. Kelly Place is at 5,480'.

Itinerary for Feb 16 — Feb 22, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 16 - Orientation/Introductions
Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. You will be greeted by the program facilitator and escorted to your room. You will also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session.



Afternoon: ORIENTATION: 5:15pm. The on-site Road Scholar program coordinator, facilitator and staff will greet you. We will discuss information about the location, your accommodations, meals, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contacts, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet in the lodge and ask staff to escort you to the meeting room.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Your program facilitator will go over the schedule for the week and you will learn more about your facilitator and your instructor. Participants will introduce themselves. The remainder of the evening is free for you to settle in and prepare for the week. The lodge includes a lounge area with a diverse library, games, dvds and videos, and a computer for Internet access; Wifi available. The French doors surround an enclosed Spanish style flagstone courtyard with a spectacular view of Sleeping Ute Mountain.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 17 - Introduction to Ancestral Puebloan cultures and a...
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Introduction to the Ancestral Puebloan cultures: Lecture and discussion about the cultures whose remnants you will be handling all week, including how the local prehistoric inhabitants evolved their lifestyles through the centuries from Archaic, through Basketmaker, Pueblo, to modern times. Artifacts serve as examples demonstrating the details that can reveal clues to prehistoric lifestyles. Concurrently, you will learn about the process of archaeology and how it is used to understand what has occurred in the past. This will serve as a valuable background for the artifacts you will encounter the rest of the week.

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: This afternoon focuses on curation at McElmo Canyon Research Institute. You will be inspecting artifacts and learning how curation is done as a prelude to working at the Anasazi Heritage Center on the Dolores Archaeological Project.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Flintknapping video: See how beautifully-crafted projectile points are extracted from stone by the same methods used by prehistoric peoples. Learn what can be understood about primitive cultures by analysis of their projectile points and flakes.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 18 - Orientation to Anasazi Heritage Center, headquart...
Orientation to Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters of Canyons of the Ancients. Begin curation work.

Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Training and tour of the collections at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Afternoon: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center to upgrade the Dolores Archaeological Program Collections. The Dolores Archaeological Project spanned 25 years and was one of the largest cultural resource mitigation projects in American history. Reboxing, rebagging, labeling, and inventory of the estimated 1.5 million artifacts are needed. Curators at the Anasazi Heritage Center will supervise Road Scholar participants in accomplishing some of this work.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Ancestral Puebloan Cultures

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 19 - Continue artifact curation work.
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center or related site -- all day. At convenient times during the week, you will have the opportunity to view the public exhibits at the museum and peruse the gift shop.

Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Afternoon: Continue working on artifacts.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Native American Cultures of Today; Song and Dance: A Ute man and a Navajo woman share the stories of their cultures and their personal struggles of bridging the modern day Native American and Euro-American cultures. They discuss and demonstrate their traditional dance, dress and music. An unforgettable experience!

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 20 - Continue artifact curation work.
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center or related site-- all day.

Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Afternoon: Continue working on artifacts.

Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.

Evening: Lecture/discussion about the history of Mesa Verde--It's "discovery", plunder, and eventual National Park status.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.

Contact info:
14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com

Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.

Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.

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

Additional nights before: 10% discount
Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, February 21 - Final day of artifact work
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Work on artifacts at McElmo Canyon Research Institute all day.

Lunch: A hot buffet style lunch will be served in the Kelly Place dining room.

Afternoon: Continue work on artifacts.

Dinner: Enjoy the traditional Kelly Place cookout! Savor a relaxed meal cooked and served outdoors for you on the Kelly Place courtyard (weather permitting). Unburden your mind as you watch the southwestern sunset play against your final evening view of beautiful Sleeping Ute Mountain. Complimentary beer and wine.

Evening: Program wrap-up.

Lodging: Kelly Place B&B

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, February 22 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Load up and depart after breakfast. Check out time is 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Cortez, CO
Cortez Chamber of CommercePhone: 970-565-3414
For additional information, visit: www.cortezchamber.org
Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information BureauPhone: 800-253-1616
For additional information, visit: www.mesaverdecountry.com

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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