We'll then have some time at leisure for independent explorations of the downtown area and state museums (the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Palace of the Governors Museum.Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening we'll hear about the amazing geology and geography of northern New Mexico. It's a fascinating subject, and this class on northern New Mexico's geophysical history should add to our appreciation of the area's wild beauty.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then depart for Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos. Bandelier, less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos, contains stunningly preserved ruins of the ancient cliff-dwelling ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Their culture flourished here between 1100 and 1550 A.D. On arrival, we'll stop at the Visitor Center, then explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.Lunch: Boxed lunches in the picnic areaAfternoon: After visiting Bandelier, we will depart for Los Alamos, where we'll have a bus excursion through town, then stop at the Bradbury Science Museum.
The Bradbury is dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb, and is absolutely fascinating, with many original documents and interesting remnants of that era.
Bus will depart for Santa Fe at 5:00 PM, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then continue on into Taos, disembark from the bus, and walk to the Ernest Blumenschein Museum.
Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.
We'll then walk to the Taos Plaza area for lunch on our own and independent explorations of historic Bent Street.
Lunch: Lunch on our own at one of the many restaurants around the Taos PlazaAfternoon: This afternoon our bus will take us to Taos Pueblo. (If the pueblo is open; it can close unexpectedly, with little to no advance notice.) The northernmost of New Mexico's pueblos, Taos has been home to the Tiwa tribes for more than 900 years. Over 100 people live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago - there is no electricity and no running water on the pueblo. The remaining 2,000 residents live in conventional homes on the pueblo's 95,000 acres. We'll have a Native American guide from Taos Pueblo walk us around the Pueblo and talk about its history and present-day presence.
After visiting the pueblo, we'll go to the Millicent Rogers Museum. This museum will give us a glimpse of some of the finest Southwestern arts and crafts anywhere.
Founded in 1953 by Millicent Rogers' family members after her death, the museum contains a magnificent array of jewelry, textiles, potteryy, kachina dolls, paintings, and basketry collected by the wealthy Taos emigre beginning in 1947. The scope of the museum expanded in the 1970s to include Anglo arts and crafts and Hispanic religious and secular pieces. The gift shop has a fine collection of superior regional art.
We'll continue on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, located west of Taos. Spanning New Mexico's greatest river at 650 feet above the canyon floor, it's one of America's highest bridges.Dinner: Dinner at a selected Taos restaurantEvening: Bus returns to Santa Fe, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 9:00 pm.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Among the most economically active of the 19 pueblos, Santa Ana has capitalized on its proximity to Albuquerque by developing a range of businesses, including world class tourism facilities.
Santa Ana has committed several million dollars to restore six miles of riverway that cut through its lands. A handful of Santa Ana women work in embroidery, jewelry, pottery, and the creation of ceremonial ribbon shirts and dresses. Perhaps the pueblo's best known artist is Art Menchengo, who works in watercolors, oil paints and various drawing media.
While most of the tribe does not live in the historic village of Tamaya, this ancient pueblo comes alive for ceremonial events.Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurantAfternoon: Return to Santa Fe.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations of downtown Santa Fe or relaxation at the hotel.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening we'll be entertained by Joe Hayes, professional storyteller and SFAOL (Santa Fe Always Online) contributor. Joe has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos, the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.
In 1982, Mariposa Printing and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing, the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight to readers throughout the country.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
To prepare us for our afternoon visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, we'll have a class about Georgia O'Keeffe's time in New Mexico and the glorious art works she produced here. O'Keeffe is known all over the world for her haunting depictions of the shapes and colors of northern New Mexico. She first visited the state in 1917 and returned for extended visits from the 1920s through the 1940s.
After a break, we'll hear about Southwest art. From the traditional Hispanic and Native American art came much of the contemporary art we see in the city today; our instructor will talk about the rich heritage that artists in Santa Fe can draw from and how many have adapted traditional art forms and incorporated them into contemporary ideas. We will have an opportunity to see a lot of the more contemporary art as well as some of the traditional art while in Santa Fe and Taos.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch we willl visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the New Mexico state museum system.
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 Girardm displayed in charming scenarios. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)
After these museum visits, we'll go to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum downtown. While not large, the O'Keeffe is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. The main exhibition on display this summer is "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures."
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.Dinner: Dinner on our ownEvening: Evening at leisure to relax at the hotel, socialize, explore the city, or attend this evening's optional event: Music on the Plaza at the Santa Fe bandstandLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After a break, we'll hear about some of the best of Southwest literature in a class with one of our most popular instructors. We'll return home with a very long must-read list!Lunch: Lunch at the hotelAfternoon: This afternoon we'll walk to the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. Definitely a must-see for anyone interested in the history of authentic Native American art by Native female artists.
Born in 1918, award-winning artist Pablita Velarde paved the way for Native American women to have a career in the arts. The Museum continues the legacy and tradition by displaying the works of extraordinary Native American female artists.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until 5:30 PM, when our bus will depart for the evening's very special adventure.
Dinner: Special dinner created just for our Road Scholar group; the menu and evening's entertainment will be a surprise!Evening: After dinner, we'll move to a separate area for the evening's entertainment. Come prepared to have a really good time! Bus will depart for the hotel at the end of the entertainment event.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast