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On the Road: Four Corners Canyon Country

Program Number: 13157RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/5/2013; 4/24/2016 - 5/1/2016; 5/1/2016 - 5/8/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/25/2016; 9/25/2016 - 10/2/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,249.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks; Native American Studies
Meals: 21; 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the fabled Four Corners — the rich archaeological treasures of Mesa Verde and the enduring Navajo culture in Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. Discover Santa Fe’s multi-cultural history. Travel to Mesa Verde with an in-depth exploration of this vast landscape of canyons and mesas. See why the Ancestral Puebloans — the Anasazi — chose Mesa Verde as their home over a millennium ago. Then explore Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation with cultural presentations and 4x4 field trips into these iconic landscapes.


• In Mesa Verde National Park, take expert-led explorations of Chapin Mesa and famed Cliff Palace.
• At Canyon de Chelly, travel the South Rim to sacred Spider Rock; view rock art and traditional hogans nestled beneath 800-foot streaked cliffs.
• Enjoy exploring the heart of Santa Fe on a walking tour and with a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Activity Particulars

Short walks up to one mile including to/from lodging and restaurants, some steep ascents and descents, ability to climb short ladders at Mesa Verde. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Albuquerque, N.M., 2 nights; coach to Mesa Verde National Park, Colo., 2 nights; coach to Chinle/Canyon de Chelly, Ariz., 3 nights; coach to Albuquerque, N.M., departure.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.


Located near the geographic center of the Navajo Nation, the largest tract of land reserved for American Indians in the United States, Chinle is a hub of the native Navajo community. Against a backdrop of ancient ruins at the mouth of the Canyon De Chelly National Monument, many Navajo still live in traditional hogans.

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly’s isolation and geology offer a sense of the elemental and serene. Canyon walls rise to 1,000 feet above the flat canyon floor, protecting it from easy discovery and harsh weather, while the preserved ruins of the Puebloan peoples who began building here 900 years ago underscore 20 centuries of near-continuous human habitation.

Monument Valley

Embodying the open spaces of the Great American Southwest, Monument Valley’s vast landscape seems to stretch endlessly in all directions, occasionally interrupted by towering buttes of red and burgundy rock. The few native peoples who live here honor the place by living simply and respecting the natural forces that have shaped the land.


New Mexico's vast history, diversity, creativity, cuisine, beauty and art unite in this vibrant city, founded as a Spanish colonial outpost in 1706 and built in a traditional Spanish village configuration in which civic buildings surround a central plaza. “Old Town” is just one of New Mexico’s largest city’s many gems.

Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country encompasses rich archeological and natural treasures, from the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park to the spectacular red rock scenery in nearby canyons. The area is just a short drive from the Four Corners region along scenic byways and through quaint western towns, including Cortez.

Albuquerque: Hotel. Mesa Verde: National park lodge. Canyon de Chelly: Lodge near national monument.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bruce Banker

Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
Ray Coin

A member of the Hopi tribe, Ray Coin is from the Third Mesa village of Bacavi on the Hopi Reservation in northeast Arizona. His father worked at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and while growing up, Ray and his siblings rubbed elbows with the geologists, archaeologists, ecologists and palaeontologists doing field work at the museum during the summer months. Ray has been sharing his Hopi culture with Road Scholar participants since 1993.
Jeff Strang

Jeff Strang's knowledge of the environment stems from over 35 years of hiking, paddling, and photography in the outdoors, his extensive experience as a naturalist, as well as from his education at the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. In 1987, Jeff filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against Oregon polluters under the Clean Water Act. Jeff has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2002. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking to work, hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography and studying geology.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Rio Grande Inn
  Albuquerque, NM 1 night
   Far View Lodge
  Mesa Verde National Park, CO 3 nights
   Holiday Inn Chinle
  Canyon de Chelly, AZ 3 nights
 Best Western Rio Grande Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: 173 guest room hotel adjacent to Albuquerque's Old Town museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.
  Contact info: 1015 Rio Grande blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 USA
phone: 505-843-9500
  Room amenities: Cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron & board, voice mail, coffee-tea maker, desk/work area, free wireless access, free parking.
  Facility amenities: Airport courtesy shuttle available 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, restaurant on site, heated outdoor pool domed in winter, high speed internet access, wi-fi.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasona Call for rates in effect during your stay.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Far View Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The lodge is 18 miles inside the Mesa Verde National Park entrance at US 160. (There is a 2 lane highway which climbs the switchbacks from the valley floor to the relatively flat top of the mesa.) The 150 room facility is built on a ridge (8,000 ft elevation) which overlooks a 3 state area. Mesa Verde is the nation's richest archaeological location, with over 4,000 ruins scattered within its borders.
  Contact info: Mesa Verde National Park
Mancos, CO 81328 USA
phone: 970-529-4422
  Room amenities: Each room has a double or a queen bed, private bath with shower, balcony and views into 3 states. Every room has a coffee maker, phone and a clock radio. There are no televisions in the rooms at the lodge.
  Facility amenities: 150 rooms, coin operated laundry services, full service restaurant, coffee shop, cocktails; wine and espresso available.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Holiday Inn Chinle
Type: Motel
  Description: Situated on the high desert at the base of the Defiance Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle is located at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
  Contact info: Navajo Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
  Room amenities: AC, remote control cable TV. High speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly.
  Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic Native American cuisine and traditional American fare. Foom service available. Gift shop offers locally produced Native-American art and jewelry. Seasonal outdoor heated pool. Guest laundromat. No cell phone service is available in Canyon de Chelly/ Chinle.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar on-site program registration at Best Western Rio Grande Hotel meeting room from 4:30 - 5:15 PM You will be staying at Best Western Rio Grande Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Albuquerque (Sunport) Airport, 12:00 PM. PURCHASE DEPARTURE PLANE TICKETS FOR AFTER 2PM. Followed by drops at starting hotel by 12:45 PM. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Chinle the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking for length of program provided at Albuquerque hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Albuquerque, NM
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque, NM
  Nearest highway: I-40 and I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque, NM
  From End of Program
  Location:  Deaprtures
Travel Details

Best Western Rio Grande Hotel


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-843-9500


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 min 




7 miles


Available from 7:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m. When you have retrieved your luggage, call the hotel for pick-up.


Last Program Location


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar


Per Person/One Way:


Inlcuded in program
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


4 - 4.5 hours 


Northern Arizona University Road Scholar transportation will take participants from the last program location drop off at the Albuquerque Sunport by 12:00 PM followed by drop offs at the starting Hotel by 12:45 PM.

Driving Directions
  Albuquerque Best Western Rio Grande from I-25 Take I-25 to Albuquerque and the I-40 interchange. Take the I-40 west offramp. Continue for about 2 miles to exit 157A, Rio Grande Blvd. / Old Town. Turn left (south) onto Rio Grande Blvd. and watch for the Best Western Rio Grande on your right within one block.
  Albuquerque Best Western Rio Grande from I-40 Continue on I-40 to Albuquerque. Take exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd / Old Town exit. Turn south onto Rio Grande Blvd. The Best Western Rio Grande is quickly on your right.
Elevation Note: Travel at 5000-8000 ft. Those with heart/lung concerns should check with physician before attending.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Program Registration/Orientation, Program Overview and Introductions/Orienation & Introductions
(Sunday, April 28)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check in after 3:00 PM. Rooms may be available earlier based upon demand, call hotel for request. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room. Meet your program coordinator and receive your program folder.
 Dinner: Enjoy a New Mexican food buffet dinner in the hotel conference room.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.
Accommodations: Best Western Rio Grande Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to Mesa Verde via Durango, CO/Anasazi Heritage Center/Intro to Mesa Verde
(Monday, April 29)
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Load luggage and travel through scenic New Mexico. The Rio Grande rift valley, the San Juan Basin and the San Juan River are a few of the interesting features that the group will travel past. Your expert guide will interpret these lands as we travel through them giving some background on the cultural and natural history that makes the Four Corners a one of a kind destination.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at a local city park in Aztec, New Mexico. Note: The Aztec city park is conveniently located next to a Safeway Supermarket for any food or sundry items needed for the week.
 Afternoon: Travel along the flanks of the La Plata Mountains to the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park and the new state-of-the-art park Visitor Center. This is a must see first stop before entering the park. Enjoy new exhibits that will highlight Mesa Verde's colorful history and rich cultural resources. We then drive into the park and climb thousands of feet to the top of the "Mesa Verde" where the group will check in to the Far View Lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner in Mesa Verde National Park, at the Far View Terrace Cafe.
 Evening: The video "Mesa Verde: Legacy of Stone and Spirit" will be offered this evening and will serve as a primer for our explorations in the park in the morning.
Accommodations: Far View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chapin Mesa Loop/Spruce Tree House Cliff Dwelling
(Tuesday, April 30)
 Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Far View Terrace or Metate Room Restaurant depending on the season.
 Morning: Visit prehistoric sites on Chapin Mesa including pit houses and pueblo-style dwellings.The Chapin Mesa sites provide an excellent chronology of architectural styles and development of the Mesa Verde inhabitants. A local expert guide will be employed for the day to present "the story behind the scene" and bring the rise of the Mesa Verde culture to life. Mesa Verde is the only World Heritage site in the United States that is dedicated to the works of mankind and is often referred to as our countries greatest archaeological wonder.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Spruce Tree Cafe. in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park's historical district.
 Afternoon: Visit Chapin Mesa Museum and walk the paved trail to Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling. Visiting Spruce Tree Ruin is an excellent "self guided" experience that allows the visitor time to linger and ponder at this village locked in time. View rock art and for those who wish, a rare opportunity to descend a ladder into a stabilized kiva at Spruce Tree Ruin.
 Dinner: Dinner in Mesa Verde National Park, at the famed and much acclaimed Far View Lodge Metate Room Restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation relating to the wonders of Mesa Verde. Topics for the talk are dependent on park service staff scheduling.
Accommodations: Far View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Further Exploration in the Park / Visitor Center and Cliff Palace Ruin Tour
(Wednesday, May 1)

Note: To participate in the one hour Cliff Palace ranger lead tour, you must be able descend a series on stone and metal steps. In addition you will need to ascend a few short ladders that take you up the various levels. The ladders have large rungs to hold onto and are about 6 - 10 feet in length. There will be great views of the Cliff palace Ruin from above for those participants choosing not to go on the tour. The group will rejoin at the end of the hour at the bus parking area.

 Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Far View Terrace or Metate Room Restaurant depending on the season.
 Morning: Following breakfast depart for more explorations in the park. Morning destinations may include Sun Temple, Square Tower House and Park Point Lookout. Park Point Lookout will reward the visitor with sweeping views of Sleeping Ute Mountain, the La Plata Mountains, the San Juan Mountains and the pastoral Mancos and Cortez town sites thousands of feet below.
 Lunch: Lunch at Far View Terrace. A selection of hot and cold entrees will be available.
 Afternoon: Visit Mesa Verde National Park's Visitor Center to view exhibits and artifacts.Then, board the bus and travel to Cliff Palace, one of the trips highlights and one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Step back in time as you descend the steps and climb short ladders to view this marvel of early architecture. National Park Service rangers will guide the group and interpret the features and history of Cliff Palace. They will bring to life the culture and character of the Ancestral Puebloans who called this place home more than 800 years ago!
 Dinner: Dinner in Mesa Verde National Park, at the famed and much acclaimed Far View Lodge Metate Room Restaurant.
Accommodations: Far View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Four Corner Country/Navajo Reservation en route to Canyon de Chelly/Canyon de Chelly National Monument South Rim Vistas/Evening Presentation
(Thursday, May 2)

Note: South Rim tour makes numerous stops to go to viewpoints up to 1/4 mile away. Trails can be uneven and rocky.

 Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Far View Terrace or Metate Room Restaurant depending on the season.
 Morning: Check out of lodge, load luggage and depart for Canyon de Chelly, traveling past towering Ute Mountain and scenic Four Corners country of the Colorado Plateau. En route, the group will enter the Navajo Reservation. Traditional hogans, herds of sheep and goats grazing along the road, mysterious dirt roads and wild hoodoo rock formations will spark the imagination and remind you that you have entered another land.
 Lunch: Arrive Chinle in time for a buffet lunch at the Chinle Holiday Inn's "Garcia's Restaurant".
 Afternoon: After lunch, tour Canyon de Chelly's scenic south rim. Highlights will include scenic stops at White House Ruin Overlook and Spider Rock Overlook. Return to Holiday Inn Chinle for a late afternoon check-in.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. There will be a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: Following dinner, a presentation on Navajo culture in the hotel's meeting room.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Chinle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Presentations or Hiking / Scenic Canyon de Chelly Jeep Tour
(Friday, May 3)

Note: The optional White House Ruin Trail follows a well established trail. The trail is generally wide with no major drop-offs but does have some uneven terrain. The upper part of the trail is built on a sandstone surface so caution must be taken but footing is good overall. The lower part of the trail becomes more sandy as the grade decreases. The trail ends at the White House Ruin canyon viewpoint. Bathrooms are available. NOTE: The entire group will return to this point on the afternoon jeep ride.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.
 Morning: Enjoy a select morning presentations on a topic of regional significance. Past topics have includes: Southwest Archaeology, Navajo Rug Weaving, Navajo Pottery, Modern Navajo Challenges and Jewelry making demonstrations. ***OR*** For those looking for a challenge - a hike on the White House Ruin Trail will be offered. This two hour - 2.5 mile (round trip) hike descends 600 feet to the base of White House Ruin and Chinle Wash.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Navajo lunch buffet at the hotel restaurant. Navajo Tacos, Posole (hominy) soup, steamed vegetables, blue corn mush, and vegetable soup and more will be offered.
 Afternoon: After lunch, the group will loaded into 4 wheel drive vehicles for a trip into Canyon de Chelly with certified Navajo guides. Travel along the Chinle Wash into Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto. Select stops at various picturesque ruins and petroglyph sites will be made with historical commentary provided by our Navajo guides. Highlighted ruins in Canyon del Muerto will include First Ruin, Junction House, Antelope House and Standing Cow to name a few. A rest stop will be provided half way through our journey where restrooms, refreshments and native jewelry vendors will be available.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: An evening of Navajo entertainment. Your performer, William Yazzie, has been delighting Road Scholar participants for many many years and loves to share his passion for Navajo music, culture, and dance. Enjoy traditional flute and drum music and come prepared to join in a group Round Dance and hear a traditional Navajo blessing.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Chinle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Monument Valley Jeep Trip
(Saturday, May 4)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.
 Morning: Board and travel through Kayenta to Goulding's Lodge en route to Monument Valley Tribal Park. A rest stop will be made at the Kayenta Burger King - site of an unlikely yet famous Navajo Code Talker exhibit. Continue to Goulding's Trading Post and museum which includes memorabilia from many John Ford and John Wayne westerns as well as prehistoric artifacts and items from the early trading post days.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at historic Goulding's Lodge and Trading Post Restaurant. Choose from a large menu with sweeping views of red rock mesas and vistas out the restaurant window.
 Afternoon: After lunch, board Goulding's Lodge "jeeps" for the Monument Valley tour through towering rock spires and monoliths including the famous Mittens and John Ford Point. Navajo Guides will provide narration and insight to the natural and cultural features. This tour provides the quintessential scenery of the southwest! See ancient petroglyphs and unparalleled scenery -- a photographer's dream! Following a return to Goulding's, board the motor coach for a relaxing return to Chinle and the Holiday Inn.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: After a full day of activity the evening is free for rest and relaxation.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Chinle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Albuquerque via Window Rock and Gallup
(Sunday, May 5)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.
 Morning: Check out of hotel and settle in for a scenic return trip to Albuquerque. Program wrap up and farewells will be conducted en route to Albuquerque.
 Lunch: Box lunch en route to Albuquerque.
 Afternoon: Participants who have departing flights will be dropped off at the Albuquerque (Sunport) Airport by 12:00 PM. Participants not needing an airport drop off will be transported back to our starting Albuquerque hotel by 12:45 PM.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Albuquerque, NM general
Much of Albuquerque retains its Spanish Territorial appeal. Old Town, on the banks of the Rio Grande River, offers adobe village charm filled with restaurants, boutiques, and its square which is positively Old Mexico. A few miles east is the University of New Mexico. About 10 miles north of town is the Sandia Peak Tramway, which climbs over 5,000 feet above Albuquerque to provide a stunning view of the desert floor. For those who want to venture 55 miles north of Albuquerque, Santa Fe is has the feel of Old Spain, with narrow streets, adobe buildings, very upscale shopping, world wide cuisines in its restaurants, visual and performing arts, and a thriving American Indian handicrafts market stretching around the central square.
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Suggested Reading List

The Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde

Author: Gustav Nordenskiold

Description: The summer and autumn of 1891 I passed through Colorado, engaged upon investigations of the remarkable cliff dwellings scattered in the canons of an extensive plateau, the Mesa Verde, in the southwest of the state. The present work is the result of those researches. It contains a description of the ruins, an account of the excavations carried out there and of the objects discovered. In order to trace as far as possible the development of the cliff-dweller culture, I append a survey of the ruins in the South-western states akin to the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, a description of the Moki Indians, the descendents of the ancient Pueblo tribes, and an account, based on the relations of the first Spanish explorers, of the manors and customs of the agricultural town-building Indians in the middle of the sixteenth century. A special part of the work is devoted to a description by Prof. G. Retzius of the crania found during the excavations.

In the House of Rain

Author: Childs, Craig

Description: In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people. The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace. Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.


Author: Diamond, Jared

Description: Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.

Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide

Author: David Grant Noble

Description: This third edition of David Grant Noble's indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes updated text and thirteen newly opened archaeological sites. From Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in Texas to the Zuni - Acoma Trail in New Mexico (including Canyonlands National Park, Grand Gulch, Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan River, Newspaper Rock and other Moab area rock art sites), readers will be provided with old-time favorites and new treasures. In addition to descriptions of each site, Noble provides time-saving tips for the traveler, citing major highways, nearby towns and the facilities they offer, campgrounds, and other helpful information. Filled with photos of ruins, petroglyphs, and artifacts, as well as maps, this is a guide every traveler needs when they are exploring the Southwest. Covers much of southeastern Utah including Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park. 238pp.

Native Roads : The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations

Author: Kosik, Frank

Description: Using the mile markers of the US, Arizona, and Navajo highways and routes running through the Navajo and Hopi nations as her organizing principle, the author offers a travel guide to the sites found in the area. Natural, historical, and cultural points of interest are covered, along with some information on lodging and services. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 304pp

Chaco Meridian

Author: Lekson, Stephen H

Description: Southwestern archaeologists have long pondered the meaning and importance of the monumental 11th century structures in Chaco Canyon. Now, Stephen H. Lekson offers a lively, provocative thesis which attempts to reconceptualize the meaning of Chaco and its importance to the understanding of the entire Southwest.. "Lekson's ground-breaking synthesis of 500 years of Southwestern prehistory - with its explanation of phenomena as diverse as the Great North Road, macaw feathers, Pueblo mythology, and the rise of kachina ceremonies - will be of great interest to all those concerned with the prehistory and history of the American Southwest.

Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers

Author: Kawano, Kenji

Description: The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions --Los Angeles Times 128 pp

Acculturation in the Navajo Eden: New Mexico, 1550-1750

Author: Seymour H. Koenig, Harriet Koenig

Description: A treatise on the archaeology, history, ethnohistory, linguistics, and religion of the peoples of the Southwest-the Navajo, Keresans, Tanoans, Utes, Spaniards and Anglos, who are the tapestry of that land. This book is about people-where they lived, what they believed, and how they interacted with others. 344pp

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

Author: Steve Plog

Description: The American Southwest is home to some of the most remarkable monuments of America's prehistoric past, such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Stephen Plog, who has spent decades working in the region, provides the most readable and up-to-date account of the predecessors of the modern Hopi and Pueblo Indian cultures in this well-received account. Chaco Canyon became the center of a thriving Anasazi cultural tradition. It was the hub of a trading network extending over hundreds of miles, whose arteries were a series of extraordinary roads that are still being discovered and mapped. Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Professor Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures. 224pp.

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