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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. 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.
linda from Gold River, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/31/15
This is a fascinating, physically active program which takes participants to remote archaeological sites. Very interesting!

Nancy from Longwood, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/31/15
This was a wonderful program full of fresh air and exercise, ancient archaeological treasures brought to life by trained and passionate experts, incredible food in a bucolic retreat center which is also an archaeology preserve surrounded by hiking canyons, and wonderful educational programs with Native American teachers and enough learning to make you feel like you should get a degree at the end. Adjusting to the elevations was a challenge for my Florida self, and anyone going should be prepared to hike -- this is real hiking! It was a wonderful experience for mind, body and spirit and anyone who likes to learn while exercising.

Christine from Canton, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/25/15
I loved this program. Jim, our leader, was a gem. A great inspiration to all and very sensitive to the needs and capabilities of all who participated. The location of the inn was beautiful and the food was great. The knowledge that Jim and Diane shared was impressive and very informative. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who likes to hike, enjoys the outdoors and loves history.

Fran from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/25/15
The program - Hiking in the Ruins of the Southwest is great! The leaders, Jim and Diane, are very nice, knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn about the Pueblo Peoples of the Southwest and hike to and visit the sites where they once lived. The accommodations are top rate and the food is good.

Wendy from Chico, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/26/14
If you are interested in really learning something about the ancient builders of the southwest mesas and canyons, sign up for Jim Colleran while he is still at it. This wise "Gandalf" can still hike fit 60's and 70's into the ground but is in his 80's we think. The base camp at Kelly Place is in the midst of sites itself and offers beauty and good food as well as an addition to the learning with its own restored kiva to climb down into.

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"So many beautiful colors in the Southwest canyons in October." Uploaded By: Nancy
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"Sculpted over centuries by Mother Nature." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Petroglyphs on cliffside at Mesa Verde National Park." Uploaded By: Nancy

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"So many beautiful vistas you won't know which way to look." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Canyons of the Ancients National Monument was our treat at the end." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Hiking takes on a special fun when you're searching for underground kivas with trained archaeologists." Uploaded By: Nancy

"By the end of this trip you will know how to recognize a kiva and what it was used for." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Petroglyphs left by the Ancient Ones." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Recognizing the rare archaeological treasures under your feet -- and respecting them by leaving them in place -- are some of the many things you learn on this wonderful trip." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Tarantula den! Males check in but they might not check out!" Uploaded By: Nancy

"Being so close to landmarks like Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park makes you feel like you're hiking into history." Uploaded By: Nancy

"Our guides took us hiking among ancient archaeological treasures like this cliff dwelling." Uploaded By: Nancy

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances


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