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 from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: Program orientation, introductions in hotel meeting roomLodging: MCM Elegante HotelMeals Included: Dinner
Hotel check out. Bus departs for 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. (Please bring you Golden Eagle/Age/Access Pass if you have one.)Lunch: Lunch in PecosAfternoon: 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.
Hotel check-in at about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurantEvening: After returning to the hotel, there will be a hands-on crafts class. You'll learn about a traditional Native American or Hispanic craft, and create something to take home as a reminder of your visit to New Mexico.Lodging: Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs late morning to return to Santa Fe.
Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill CaféAfternoon: 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 bus will depart from Museum Hill at 3:30 PM for downtown Santa Fe and the hotel. If you like, you can spend more time at Museum Hill, be dropped off near the Plaza area, or return to the hotel on the bus.
If you'd like to visit any of the Plaza-area museums, your Culture Pass will enable you to visit the Palace of the Governors Museum, the New Mexico History Museum, or the New Mexico Museum of Art, or you can explore on your own.
If you choose to remain at Museum Hill or be dropped off downtown, you'll be responsible for getting yourselves back to the hotel by taxi or city bus on your own.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. If you opted to return to the hotel rather than be dropped off downtown, you may want to enjoy the hotel's swimming pool or take in a movie at the large Regal 14 movie complex about a mile south of the hotel on Cerrillos Road.Lodging: Courtyard by MarriottMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After the class, pick up boxed lunches and depart for Santa Clara Pueblo's Puye Cliff Dwellings.
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 River 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 PuyeAfternoon: After seeing Puye, we'll go on to Santa Clara Pueblo to visit Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock's studio, where you'll learn about Santa Clara pottery.
The bus will depart for Taos at about 2:30 PM.
On arrival in Taos, you'll stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church.
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. Located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo, the church 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.
Check in at the hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a selected restaurantEvening: Free evening or optional videoLodging: Hampton Inn TaosMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
After visiting the Pueblo, continue on to 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.
The bus will then 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!Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Rio Grande Gorge picnic areaAfternoon: After lunch, you'll have a little free time to see Taos Plaza. You'll then visit 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.
Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.
Bus departure for dinner destination will be at 5:45 PM.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.Lodging: Hampton Inn TaosMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
Continue on to Pojoaque Pueblo, where, if we're lucky, you may be able to see the Pueblo's bison herd.Lunch: Lunch at the Sopaipilla Factory in PojoaqueAfternoon: The bus will continue on to Albuquerque, arriving there about 2:00 PM.
On arrival, we'll stop for a visit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
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 at a local restaurantEvening: Bus travels to MCM Elegante Hotel for check-inLodging: MCM Elegante HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.p>At 10:00 AM, depart for a visit to Petroglyph National Monument at Boca Negra Canyon. You'll start off with a ranger lecture 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!
Depart for Acoma Pueblo at 11:30 AM.Lunch: Luinch at the Acoma Pueblo's Y'aak'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 returns to Albuquerque by 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel, followed by closing commentsLodging: MCM Elegante HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel check-out time is by 12:00 PM.
Independent departures anytime after breakfastMeals Included: Breakfast