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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.

Instructors

These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Mr. Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin and has visited and studied plate tectonics and related volcanism around the world, including Iceland, Costa Rica, Mexico, and South America. A Fulbright Fellow, Kirt now works for the U.S. Geological Survey as a field geologist, studying the volcanic history of the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Jerry Rightman

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.

Ms. Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman, the daughter of crime novelist Tony Hillerman, is the author of six books and is an experienced journalist. She has received awards for her work from the National Federation of Press Women and the New Mexico Press Association. She is the director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery. She and her husband, Don Strel, authored the book "Tony Hillerman's Landscape." Anne lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lois Frank

Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., is a Santa Fe-based chef focused on Native American foods. She is also a Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, photographer and James Beard Award winning author. She is a featured instructor of the Southwest Indian Nations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and is chef and owner — along with Native Chef Walter Whitewater — of the Diné Nation of Red Mesa Cuisine.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Mr. Mark Utgaard

A resident of New Mexico for more than 40 years, Mark Utgaard enjoys sharing his love for the state’s culture and history with others. He is a former journalist and editor, and for 20 years, owned an importing business that offered traditional and contemporary handcrafts from Colombia for wholesale in North America, Asia and the Caribbean. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mark traveled to Europe several times as a member of youth orchestras, and later worked as a travel manager for other youth choirs and orchestras journeying to Europe. He has been a Road Scholar group leader and instructor for six years. In his free time, Mark likes to make furniture from old wood and he is learning to play the button accordion.

Elena Junes

Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study guide and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, and provides a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.

Kay Barber

Kay Barber studied government and history at the University of Texas , and worked at the state capitol while in school there. She has always has a passion for learning more about the places where she lives, and has been an educational exploration leader since switching careers from the airline industry. Upon arriving in Santa Fe in 1989, she set out to learn as much about New Mexico and its history, and she has been a Road Scholar group leader since 2012.

Marsha Drennon

Marsha Drennon worked as an administrator and educator in higher education for nearly 40 years, with both public and private colleges and universities. She has served as president, vice president, headmistress and several other leadership positions at numerous New Mexico institutions, and is excited to share her deep and unique knowledge of the area with Road Scholar participants in the future.

Christopher Gibson

Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.

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Included
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7 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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