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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.
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Marie from Billerica, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/05/14
This trip was amazing. I enjoyed visiting the many wonderful museums in Santa Fe and Taos. The beauty of Santa Fe seemed to be almost everywhere.Each day was expertly planned with inspiring lectures,learning the history of NM and its people and traveling to historic sites. And the restaurants chosen for our lunches were excellent. Much credit should be given to Allen, our fearless leader, who passed onto us his love of Santa Fe and NM.

Marjorie from Paradise, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/05/14
Outstanding speakers and great guide in Allen! The history of the Pueblos was fascinating -- definitely recommended as one of the best programs we have been on (16 past programs)

Mary from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/05/14
Definitely a five-star program from start to finish. Excellent speakers & tours, very well-organized. Rather large group of 34. Santa Fe & Taos are unique areas -- don't miss them.

Bob from Springfield, IL Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/05/14
If you have always wanted to go to Santa Fe or Taos this a great way to do it.

Maris from North Grafton, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/05/14
Our first, but certainly not our last program. Just an extraordinary experience, led by knowledgeable, inspiring, passionate, and friendly instructors. We learned, saw new and beautiful places, laughed, and made many new friends. A winner!

Hildagarde from Pikesville, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
The program, in all of its aspects, was way beyond my expectations. I would recommend it highly.

Fred from Middletown, DE Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
This was an excellent program. Our group leader Key was perhaps the best we have ever had. We learned a great deal about the peoples and cultures of the area. The museums were very informative and most enjoyable. I highly recommend this trip. Our group size was perfect at 20 people.

Neil from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
This was an incredible trip that I would recommend to anyone. Santa Fe and Taos are both beautiful and culturally fascinating and Road Scholar did a thorough and professional job of exposing the group to both. It was a memorable experience.

Alice from West Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
This was my first Road Scholar program and it exceeded all my expectations. Our leader Kay and the instructors all were exceptional. If you want to learn about the history and culture of Santa Fe and the pueblos, I would highly recommend this particular program. Alice

Anne from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
This trip provides an outstanding introduction to the culture and arts of Northern New Mexico. Santa Fe and Taos have outstanding museums and cultural sites, and the program provides an informative look at the contributions of Native American, Hispanic and modern residents to the rich heritage of this unique area. In addition, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. I highly recommend this trip.

Rita from Manasquan, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/14/14
I have wanted to visit New Mexico for years and it finally happened this Sept with Raod Scholar. It was better than I ever expected and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves learning and exploring new places. New Mexico is unique in that this trip was really a spiritual journey to a part of the country I had never seen before. The speakers and the places spoke of world I wanted to know. I came away with a sense of beauty and peace

Diane from Carrboro, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/27/14
What a terrific combination of lectures, guided tours and free time. This program covered key aspects of Santa Fe and surrounding areas and culture both educationally and entertainingly. I was truly impressed and have become a Road Scholar fan!

Nora from Sun City West, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/27/14
I had an excellent time and learned a lot. I got to experience things that I would not have it I had done this on my own.

Mary from Sonoma, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/27/14
The Santa Fe/ Taos trip was wonderful! From our highly knowledgable and patient leader's instruction, to the classes, to demonstrations of pottery and jewelry making, weaving, and musical presentation, it was a most educational trip! Seeing the beautiful country-side, churches, and museums was most beneficial! Thank you to our leader, Mark, and Road Scholar for a wonderful trip!

Pamela from Saginaw, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/27/14
The program provided a wealth of information and experiences in a short period of time. I especially enjoyed having a guide to places I would have missed if traveling on my own, as well as the company of the group members.

Kenneth from Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/27/14
I highly this tour!!

Jeanette from Great Neck, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/24/14
I was very disappointed in the hotel being so far out of town. The transportation they supplied was every hr. to a certain hotel in town. Also the morning coffee was in a thermos that was left on each table to cool down along with being like water. I asked for cappuccino & expresso but they did not have either .

Elaine from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/29/14
You will fall in love with Santa Fe and everything it has to offer....fabulous vistas, fascinating people, terrific food and gorgeous shopping.

Bill from Northville, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/15/14
Roadscholar's program examining Santa Fe and Taos is a well-organized session, and an eye-opener for this midwesterner who was essentially unfamiliar with the Southwest.

Katharine from Redmond, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/15/14
Don't be shy about signing up for a trip as a solo. You will feel warmly embraced by the group and will enjoy what solitude you do have.

Judith from Scarsdale, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 03/01/14
The good news...It was fascinating, informative, the leaders were terrific. I learned so much and met such wonderful people. Less than the best...the long days....8am to 6pm were stressful and so filled. I would have liked more time at the pueblos and museums and perhaps fewer events. The food was only fair. I stayed three days more and had much better food choices. Time at the museums that weren't covered was more reflective and satisfactory. I understand your limits, though. More important, when I inquired about airlines, the information I was given was incomplete over the phone and I later learned I could have gone non-stop and for several hundred dollars less. Your phone personnel should only refer people to do their own research. Judy Wank, New York

Diane from Des Moines, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 03/01/14
Just returned from my first RS experience in Santa Fe and Taos. It was full of variety of experiences, yet all these parts were integrated beautifully. The staff was fabulous! When can I go again!

Mary from Wichita, KS Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 12/27/13 - 01/02/14
A visit to Northern New Mexico is a step into a locale and a culture different from anywhere else in the U.S. Here, history goes back at least six centuries; the scenery is breath-taking; and you will experience both startling poverty and monetary largesse. You'll gain an understanding of the area's unique challenges, to which the geography, the limited water, and mingled cultures contribute. And you will marvel at the intellectual achievements, as well as the incomparable art and music of the area.

Chris from Anniston, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/27/13 - 01/02/14
Sherrell and I have lived abroad and travelled on accompanied and solo trips to teach and to perform journalism – to learn for the sake of learning and to experience cultures for the sake of our own enlightenment. Our regard places the Road Scholar Program #11009 to Santa Fe/Taos and nearby villages and pueblos in the top of the spectrum for creating an intelligent and enjoyable travel and learning experience. And we are very grateful. From high art to street art, from classical concert hall to traditional music informally presented, from polished basilica to a sacred Corn Dance in a dirt-packed Indian plaza, from museum to curiosity shops, landscape to cityscape with artistry, crafts and foods and customs and history and modern concerns: How could the planning staff pack so much into one visit? Yet they did with time left over for the serendipity of good company and private insights. We highly recommend this fine trip.

Kathleen from Tenafly, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/27/13 - 01/02/14
It was a great experience, and let me see another part of the USA that I could not do on my own. Kathleen Wall

Suanne from Freeport, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
I found this trip very interesting- lots of excellent instruction re: the art, architecture, history of the area. The field trips further enhanced the instruction... I came away with a hightened appreciation of NM and desire to return.

As a newly single woman traveling alone I found it an excellent way to do what I enjoy safely and in good company.

Mary Ann from Lansdale, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
My first scholar trip was enriching, interesting, and a great value. I am looking forward to travelling with them again.

Janis from Los Altos, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
This is a great introduction to the history, culture, and arts, of Santa Fe and Taos. I would highly recommend this course to those who have never been to New Mexico. It was inspirational and makes one want to return again.

Linda from Westminster, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/05/13
Your website is very easy to navigate.

Laurel from Morton Grove, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/05/13
Interesting, informative. As one person noted, we never had so many intelligent people in one room. RS attracts a very high quality of people.

Marilyn from Morgan Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/25/13 - 08/31/13
This was the first evaluation that I received.......I thought I had been forgotten!!

Karen from Morgan Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/25/13 - 08/31/13
Easy to use!

Rebecca from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/21/13 - 07/27/13
I had a wonderful time on my first Road Scholar adventure. The program was educational, fun, and varied. A special thank you to Mark for shepherding us through the week.

Lois from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/25/13
I submitted my eval right after I returned from the marvelous week. I must not have done something incorrectly if you've never received it. Thanks to all of you for a terrific experience.

Antoinette from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/25/13
Good introduction to the art, history and literature of Santa Fe and Taos. Visits to the Georgia O'Keefe and Blumschein Museums, and the Martinez Hacienda were program highlights. Mark Utgaard is a knowledgeable and approachable tour leader who guided the group well. Sharon Franco is an expert on Southwest literature and is a vibrant speaker. Toni Hoagland, Philadelphia, PA

William from Oceanside, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/25/13
The Sante Fe_Taos experience was fantastic. Mark Utgaard is the perfect host for this informative trip to one of natures wonderlands. Meet the place were Spanish and Native American cultures coexist.

Dorothy from New Hope, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/13/13
This was my first trip to Santa Fe and Taos, and I recommend it highly. Mark, the group leader, the instructors, the visits to Santa Fe's fascinating museums and pueblos were wonderful. When I left Santa Fe, I realized that I had leaned more about this unique area of the country than if I had visited as an average tourist. Bravo Road Scholar!

M. Beverly from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/13/13
My first vacation with you and not the last on! I enjoyed my trip to Santa Fe and Taos. I especially loved our travel group. There were 25 fellow travelers and I liked all of them. The professors were exceptional and our group leader, Mark, was a vast resource of knowledge. Thanks for providing all of us with a great time.

Carol from West Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/13/13
It's great website. I wasn't aware of booking airfare through Road Scholar until after I had signed up and booked air. Also did not realize that I needed to wait for a final confirmation before booking my air. Looking forward to finding other trips.

Shirley from Bel Air, MD Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/02/13
I have enjoyed all the trips (7) that I have attended, abroad and in the states. I have "climbed" mountains in Canada, painted in Arizona, gone down rivers in France and Germany, and probably many more things I can't remember. With age comes memory lapses. I am 83, and look forward to many more trips. Thank you Road Scholar. I think my next one will be to England, I have never been, and heard that the Plays are amazing. Shirley Lauritsen

Larry from Rocklin, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 12/27/12 - 01/02/13
THE DANCING AT SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO Cerulean skies in bright sunlight and cold air. Steam from the dancers. 400 or more move rhythmically to the somber, steady and undulating beat of the drum. The men dancers, their tawny skin sweat-dappled in the bright light, move in lithe fervor. Their fur-trimmed moccasins flicker and bounce. Two-year olds step along in the procession with their mothers and siblings. If they falter, a gentle hand guides them back into the line. Women are of all ages, the young ones beautiful, willowy, gracile, their shining, exuberant, fine black hair bouncing behind them in the still air in rhythm with the music and the shared heartbeats. On each woman’s head an aquamarine cutout of a house or pueblo dwelling. Bells dangle from supple waists and ankles, thrumming muted accompaniment to the drumbeat, beat, beat, beat. Each hand carries a bough of fir or pine. It is the corn dance, some say, a plea to the spirits for ample grain and a good harvest in the summer. The seasoned older men, more than 50 strong, provide in place a chanting, unfaltering chorus for the dancers many of whom will someday, older, join their group. Around the central dance area the other members of the pueblo watch from rooftops, through windows or in chairs along the brown dancing ground. Doors of dwellings are open and old eyes watch the ceremony and familiar ritual, many wrapped in blankets against the cold. Two groups who live in the Pueblo dance in sequence and move among the dwellings and then again back into the dancing ground in a slow rhythmic circle. The spectators, fortunate invited guests, watch in silence and respectful awe as this parade of dancers, descended from an ancient people, plight in dance and song their respect and homage to their lives, their community, their ancestors, and each other. We leave from the dancing moved and humbled. The cold is forgotten. The sun seems even brighter. The New Mexico sky aglow.

Melinda from Lynchburg, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/27/12 - 01/02/13
There were elements of culture I discovered on this trip that I wouldn't have discovered on my own. Getting to see a sacred dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo on New Year's day was one of them. it was unforgettable.The other thing I especially enjoyed was the course on literature of the Southwest. I've ordered several of the books suggested by the instructor since returning home, and they are fascinating. I recommend this trip. The scenery is breathtaking, and there is much to see and do. The tour guides are knowledgeable, and if you enjoy photographing, this is the place to do it.

Susan from Beverly Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/27/12 - 01/02/13
This was my first visit to Santa Fe and Taos and I learned so much. The instructors were fascinating. I don't think I could have defined pueblo before this trip, but now I understand so much about the pueblo culture. The New Year's Day dances at the Santo Domingo Pueblo were beautiful. Don't be put off by the winter weather in the area.

Bonnie from Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/27/12 - 01/02/13
If you have never visited New Mexico, the experience will make you feel differently about the native Americans and how they have adapted to their environment and to the modern community with which they must interact. The pueblo peoples could not have been more gracious and eager to share their culture with visitors.

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