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On the Road in Northern New Mexico: The Best of Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

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Program #11005RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Sam from Chapel Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/03/13
Our group leader, Mark, was great. His knowledge of the region and its people is broad and deep. Personable and a good sense of humor. Program had a good mix of lecture, museums, on-site visits, demonstrations, sightseeing. More than ample shopping opportunities. Interesting and beautifiul (in its own way) part of our country.

Marilyn from Summit, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/20/13
An excellent introduction to a beautiful, thinly-populated state where almost 10% of the population is Native American. Very rich history involving both Mexico and the United States. Good insight into Pueblo Indian culture.

Elizabeth from Buffalo Grove, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/22/13
Wonderful program. As is usual on Road Scholar trips, I met many like-minded, interesting people and went to places not usually seen by casual visitors. Mark Utgaard, our leader was knowledgeable, and it was easy to see that the people we met at various venues liked and respected him. The scenery was beautiful and inspiring, unusual for the eyes of a Midwesterner, where scenery is mostly flat fields of corn. I hate to admit that before this trip, most of what knew about the early Southwest was from the movies. I now have a new respect for the native people and their culture. Most of the early U.S History that we learn east of the Mississippi is about what happened in the colonies. There was, and still is, so much that I didn't know about what was happening at the same time in New Mexico.

Di from Astoria, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/07/13
Took my first trip with Road Scholar in the Fall of 2013. What a wonderful experience it was to deal with an organization who truly cares about seeing that participants have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Anne from Gaithersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/22/13
I usually like to visit foreign countries when I vacation, but this tour immersed me in a culture that was as unfamiliar to me as those in any nation outside the U.S.--more so, in some ways. And as an Easterner, I found the landscape equally unusual and breathtaking. About 90% of the tour revolves around the Native American tribes in the area (including visits to pueblos, ruins, and museums), and the rest involves the Spanish settlers and modern artists who live there. The tour was very well organized and brilliantly led by Mark Utgaard. The food was wonderful (there was, if anything, too much of it!) and hotels comfortable (except the Comfort Inn in Taos--RS should consider replacing it). Our group of about 26 was delightful--I'd happily travel with them again. I don't think the activity level was as strenuous as RS indicates, but that of course depends on your own age and ability. And it was an amazing value for the price--everything included except airfare and one dinner! One of my best vacations ever!

R. Charles from Sheboygan, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/15/13
We just completed "On the Road to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos" and would recommend the trip to anyone wanting to see New Mexico and learn the history of the area. Our Group leader Allen Girdner was exceptional.

Aida from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/26/13
This program was beyond my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Edward from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/26/13
The website is very user friendly and informative. I recommend it to anyone interested in traveling in order to enrich their personal knowledge.

Alice from La Crosse, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/05/13
"On the Road in Northern New Mexico" is to become immersed in the true "Land of Enchantment." The balance of program selections is a work of art in itself, from history lectures and museums to field trips and demonstrations to art galleries and street vendors to beautiful scenery to ancient Pueblos and their peoples. New Mexico stands out for me as one our "hidden" national treasures, and this trip more than adequately explored it beauty and complex history/culture. Bravo to Road Scholar for an outstanding program, planned and executed with rare excellence down to the minute details.

Marilyn from Huntington Woods, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/17/13 - 03/24/13
My trip to New Mexico included visits to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. Our guide through this beautiful and diverse area was interesting and provided a good deal of information and isight into the topography, cultures and history of each place we visited. I travelled with a wonderful group of people and my first experience as a Road Scholar exceded my expectations in every way.

Patricia from Guilford, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/17/13 - 03/24/13
Our recent trip to Northern New Mexico was an absolutely wonderful experience...educational and fun. A beautiful part of our country. Our tour guide was terrific!

Carol from Livingston, MT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/17/13
This program was wonderful. I learned more than I had imagined about the pueblo people and their life and connection to the land. As I look back, I am amazed at all we learned and saw from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Taos, and back to Albuquerque. Great scheduling of intinerary for this trip.

Katharine from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/04/12
I learned so much on this trip. Leader, Martha Yates, was excellent. Highlights were potter Paul Speckled Rock, flautist Ronald Roybal, state Capitol art collection, and history and culture talks. We had comfortable hotels and memorable regional meals, especially at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos. I knew a fair amount about the Pueblo Indians already, but gained a new appreciation of the Hispanic population and of the rough and ready history of Taos. Highly recommend this trip. Our group included several singles - I will not hesitate to attend future tours alone. Ours was a most congenial group and that added to the fun.

Judith from Bowling Green, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/04/12
Many thanks to our leader, Martha Yates, for making this trip an excellent one.

John from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/04/12
This was our first Road Scholar experience. We were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Taken as a whole it was the best tour we've ever been on.

Carolyn from Belle Harbor, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/28/12
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Jan from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/30/12
I would highly recommend the Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos, Northern NM trip. The history of the culture, the blue sky and dry weather, and the breath-taking topography are not to be missed. I learned more history of the southwest during this exciting and fun-filled week than in the sum total of my high school and college education. Not to be missed.

Norman from Fullerton, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/30/12
This was an absolutely wonderful trip! We learned so much about the area in No. New Mexico. Our group leader was excellent and so well informed. The program was active but very well paced. We enjoyed learning about the Native American people in the pueblos. Also, enjoyed visiting the many museums. Our group leader was Marlin Gilbert. My only negative comment would be the accomodations at the MCM Elegante in Albuquerque. They were doing major construction at this hotel, and we were put in the older part of said hotel. Otherwise the help there were wonderful, especially the people at the desk and the young men that drove the shuttles.

Gwen from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/30/12
I throughly enjoyed the trip. It enlightens one about that part of the country and it's importance and future problems. The Indian and Spanish cultures and influences are seen everywhere.

Gene from Clovis, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/20/12 - 05/27/12
This was a great program and the accommodations were excellent with the exception of the MCM Elegante. The MCM placed some of the group in the oldest, run down , worn out section the facility. The bathroom was corroded with mold. Shower would not hold a temperature. The curtains were frayed with holes in the fabric. Carpet was worn with missing pieces. Sliding door would not lock. Worst part were the refigerated 18 wheelers that were parked right outside the room with extremely loud compressors running all night. Impossible to sleep. I listed these deficiencies in my review of the program. We did not receive value on this part of the program. I am disappointed to see that the MCM is still on the itinerary.

Robin from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/06/12
The Northern New Mexico program was fascinating, especially for those who are interested in less familiar cultures within the United States. I enjoyed our visits to Indian pueblos and Spanish villages. I highly recommend this trip.


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22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
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