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MESA VERDE COUNTRY, COLORADO

Photography of the Four Corners: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona

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Program #17328RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
Lodging is at 5,480 ft. Highest elevation experienced will be 7,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Digital camera, manual, recharger, storage media.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 18, 2014

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Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Check-in and orientation/Dinner/Personal introduc...
Check-in and orientation/Dinner/Personal introductions and program background -

Afternoon: Please plan to arrive between 3 and 5 PM. The group will meet for orientation at 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Home-style meals are served in the main lodge dining room.

Evening: Your instructor and program facilitator will go over the program in more detail. You will learn more about your instructor, the facilitator, fellow participants and introduce yourselves.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Instruction, shooting and critique at Kelly Place...
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: View power points on composition and exposure. Go over camera and find camera controls. Talk about the use of viewfinders, go outside & practice composition with them. Next, use your camera, shoot using wide, narrow, close views of the landscape and surroundings. Find art elements and practice rule of thirds. Meet at the kiva for a noon shoot when light is optimal.

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

Afternoon: Go over exposure controls, white balance, bracketing, ISO, histogram. Have students practice changing them in lodge, then shoot outside. Return for instruction on dowloading/archiving, have students pick 3 photos for evening critique.

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

Evening: Critique, discussion and preparation for tomorrow.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Photo-shoot Arizona from Shiprock lava, over the ...
Photo-shoot Arizona from Shiprock lava, over the Lukachukai Pass, to Canyon de Chelly

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

Morning: Photograph a unique vista of the Shiprock formation and the volcanic vents associated with it. Continue on a scenic drive over the Lukachukai Mountains where you will stop to stretch your legs, breathe fresh mountain air and capture desert views. From there, you will drive to the north rim overlooks of Canyon de Chelly. Short walks from parking to photo-sites.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Chinle. Morning drive - approximately 140 miles.

Afternoon: Drive to the southern overlooks of Canyon de Chelly for more spectacular views of the canyon floor, walls and towers.

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

Evening: Short discussion about our day and what to expect at Mesa Verde. Relax and review your photos.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Photo-shoot Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Morning light shooting (before breakfast). Visit to world famous Mesa Verde National Park. Capture scenery from the high mesa and visit spectacular "cliff-dweller" ruin sites.

Lunch: Picnic lunch will be at the Park Museum Campground.

Afternoon: Continue photo tour of Mesa Verde. Your program facilitator is an archaeologist who can tell you more about these ancient sites.

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

Evening: Relax and review your photos.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Photo-shoot New Mexico; Stone Caps and Orange Roc...
Photo-shoot New Mexico; Stone Caps and Orange Rocks of Bisti Wilderness

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

Morning: Morning light shooting around Kelly Place before breakfast. Information about Bisti. Critique for those interested. Additional shooting of mountain, canyons, ruins, etc. around Kelly Place.

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

Afternoon: Drive to Bisti Wilderness. We will park and walk into Bisti one to two miles to observe and stretch our creativity in photographing bizarre rock formations. Sack meals at the site. Photographing evening light and arriving at the vans by dusk.

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

Evening: Relax and review your photos.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

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 courtyard, built in the mid-1960s. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. Situated on 38 acres, nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the red rock canyons--former home of the prehistoric "cliff-dweller' Ancestral Puebloans, bordering Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and featuring over 25 archaeological sites. Descend into a kiva, fully restored by Road Scholar participants, and imagine what it was like a thousand years ago.

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

Facility amenities: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast is on an archaeological preserve with an adobe-style lodge and adjacent cabins among Anasazi ruins, fruit trees, a majestic mountain view and sculpted canyons. Double occupancy only; multiples upon request. Wireless internet is available. Full country-style meals are served daily in the main lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and a variety of books and magazines are located in the lounge/library. All bathrooms are in the rooms. Hair dryers included. Some cabins may be used. Smoking is permitted on porches and courtyards only. Beer and wine are available.

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 reserve additional nights at 970-565-3125

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 17 - Photo-shoot Utah from Valley of the Gods, Goosene...
Photo-shoot Utah from Valley of the Gods, Goosenecks and Ancient Rock Art Photo computer time/Optional photo-shoot at Kelly Place sites. Final week's end photo slide group show and optional critique.

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

Morning: Travel to Valley of the Gods in Utah for several stops to photograph stunning red rock formations and towers. One-on-one interaction with your instructor will help you find your best shot of the scenery.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at a scenic spot in Utah.

Afternoon: Drive to Sand Island rock art panels near Bluff which offer glimpses of the ancient past. Shoot through the layers of time to capture clues to what was on the minds of the Ancestral Puebloans. Meet in Day Lodge at Kelly Place for photo workshop time. Organize your best for the evening slideshow and (optional ) critique to share with other participants. You may also choose to use your time to explore the beautiful scenery and ruins at Kelly Place.

Dinner: A traditional Kelly Place cook-out may be enjoyed on the courtyard tables (weather permitting), as you relax with your new friends and enjoy the beautiful Southwestern scenery. Beer and wine are offered at no cost.

Evening: Enjoy viewing participant's photo slideshow of favorites accumulated over the week. Optional critique of additional images if time permits.

Lodging: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 18 - Departure
Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola. Depart by 11:00 AM. Safe journey!

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
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, SW Colorado
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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