The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that it would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site, which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.
Our bus will depart for Santa Fe at 3:30, ariving at the hotel at about 4:00.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal. Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player.Lodging: The Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard, displayed in charming scenarios.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch we'll embark on a walking excursion in the Plaza area, followed by an afternoon and evening at leisure. Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Passes provided for these state museums.)
Our bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM. Those who wish may remain downtown, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus on their own (schedules available at hotel front desk).Dinner: Dinner on our own tonight. The group leader can offer restaurant suggestions both downtown and near the hotel.Evening: Evening at leisure for more time in Santa Fe or rest and relaxationLodging: The Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Our first stop is at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.
Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village.
Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.
Our bus departs for Taos at 10:30 AM; there will be a rest stop along the way.Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in TaosAfternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity, followed by a visit to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
We'll check into the hotel at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Optional videoLodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.
The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.Lunch: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge BridgeAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where we'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
From 3:30 - 5:15 PM, there will be free time to explore the Plaza and Bent Street areas on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.
At 5:15, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Bus departs for the hotel after dinner, arriving by 7:30 PM.Lodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.
We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see examples of beautiful Hispanic weavings. Local families in Chimayó have been creating these works of art for centuries.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: After lunch, our bus continues on to Albuquerque.
We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival in Albuquerque, at about 2:45 PM, we'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
We'll then go to Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open to visitors, and we'll explore Old Town with our group leader's guidance.
At 5:15 PM depart for dinner destination.
Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
Bus departs at 6:30 PM for hotel and check-in.Evening: Check in at the hotel. From 7:30 - 9:30 PM, we'll show an optional video in a hotel meeting room.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
As we listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, we'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.
Depart at 11:30 AM for Acoma Pueblo.
Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café from 12:45 - 1:45 PM at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors' center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.
Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff.
We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself.
We'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during our field trip.
Bus departs for Albuquerque at 4:30 PM, arriving at the hotel by 6:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PMLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast