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

Program Number: 11005RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/24/2013 - 3/3/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/14/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/6/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/19/2014; 10/26/2014 - 11/2/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/19/2015; 4/24/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/7/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/12/2015; 7/26/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/6/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/20/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/25/2015; 10/25/2015 - 11/1/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/8/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,245.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 19; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore the best that the New Mexico has to offer: the cosmopolitan heart of Albuquerque, the state's largest city; the Old World charm of Santa Fe; and the frontier spirit of Taos. From history and culture to cuisine and the arts, compare and contrast these unique cities and see how they evolved into the jewels they are today.


• Explore the renowned museums and art galleries that make northern New Mexico a mecca for both artists and collectors.
• Step back in time on a trip to the historic community of Chimayo, famous for El Santuario de Chimayo, a Spanish mission church built around the reputed healing earth.
• Native American guides lead you through the Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage site, and Acoma (Sky City) Pueblo, both among the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the US.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 7,200 feet.

Date Specific Information

2-24-2013, 9-7-2014, 10-12-2014, 10-26-2014, 3-22-2015, 4-12-2015, 5-10-2015, 5-31-2015, 7-5-2015, 7-26-2015, 8-30-2015, 9-13-2015, 9-27-2015, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015

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This date is one day longer than the standard 11005. This program will attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Day 8.
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This program date is 2 days longer than the standard 11005 and will attend the Gathering of Nations PowWow on Day 2.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Albuquerque, 1 night; coach to Santa Fe, 2 nights; coach to Taos, 2 nights; coach to Albuquerque 2 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.


Home to Pueblo Indians long before Spanish missionaries established an outpost in 1617, by the early 1800s, Taos was the largest fur trading center in the West. Native American traditions and the natural beauty of surrounding mountains abound in this vibrant, northern New Mexico community favored by artists since the late 1800s.


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.

Comfortable hotels with swimming pools, fitness centers.

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

Allen Girdner is inquisitive by nature, having grown up the son of a history teacher. For 47 years, he has traveled throughout northern New Mexico for business and pleasure and is constantly on the lookout for anything he can learn about the Land of Enchantment. Allen was educated in New Mexico and with considerable experience working for the state, he has keen insight on the storied Main Street of America known as Route 66.
Ronald Roybal

Ronald Roybal is a professional musician who performs in the New Mexico area. A descendant of Spanish Colonial and Pueblo (Tewa) peoples, he has been nominated for four Native American Music Awards for his flute and Spanish guitar recordings. Ronald has been featured twice on NPR’s “Performance Today” program and has performed live at concert venues such as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. He holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and psychology.
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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
  Albuquerque, NM 1 night
   DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 2 nights
   Comfort Suites
  Taos, NM 2 nights
   Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
  Albuquerque, NM 2 nights
 Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel is very close to the Albuquerque Sunport and Interstate 25; however, one cannot hear planes arriving or departing from inside the hotel. The proximity to the Airport makes for a short trip for tired passengers; hotel has recently undergone a major remodel and is contemporary and pleasant to see.
  Contact info: 2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
phone: 505-843-7000
  Room amenities: 100% non-smoking guest rooms; in-room movies, cable channels, coffee and tea maker, room service, refrigerator available at extra charge, flat-screen television, closed caption programming, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, pillowtop beds, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, bathrobes, accessible shower and/or bath, hairdryer, make-up/shaving mirror, bath amenities, turndown services, free newspaper, iron and ironing board, sprinklers in room, wake-up service, knock-light for hearing impaired, complimentary Internet service.
  Facility amenities: Hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel offers a gift shop, free parking, 24-hour business center services, ATM, free Internet based printing service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, safe deposit boxes, Braille elevators, on-premises security, disability accessible facilities, laundry/valet service, ramp access, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary fitness facility, golf course nearby, air-conditioned rooms and facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rates Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rates Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.
  Contact info: 4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
  Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.
  Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Comfort Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.
  Contact info: 1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
  Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators.
  Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM. From 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM register with the Road Scholar Group Leader in hotel lobby. You will be staying at Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by noon. You will be staying at Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Albuquerque, NM
  Nearest highway: I-25 and I-40
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport
  From End of Program
  Location: Albuquerque, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-843-7000
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 minutes 




0.6 miles (0.1 km)


When you check in at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, let the front desk know you'll need to be returned via their shuttle to the Albuquerque Sunport. Give them the date and time of your flight as well as the airline you'll be using. Confirm the night before your departure.


Albuquerque Sheraton Hotel


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
phone: 505-843-7000
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 minutes 




.06 miles (0.1 km)


Call hotel in advance of your program's start date to let them know you'll need pick up at the Sunport - let them know you'll be with a Road Scholar program (give them your program start date) and let them know the approximate arrival time and your airline. Then, upon your arrival, call the hotel to confirm that you need the shuttle. You'll need to allow for approximately 30 minutes to pick up your luggage in the baggage claim area.

Driving Directions
  Albuquerque - from East to Yale Boulevard to Sheraton Airport Take Interstate 40 West. Merge onto I-25 via Exit 159BC. Take the Gibson East Exit 222A. Turn right onto Yale Boulevard. The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel is on the left
  Albuquerque - from West to Yale Boulevard to Sheraton Airport Take Interstate 40 East. Merge onto I-25 via Exit 159BC. Take the Gibson East Exit 222. Turn right onto Yale Boulevard. The hotel is on the left.
  Albuquerque - from the North to Yale Boulevard to Sheraton Airport Take Interstate 25 South. Take the Gibson East Exit 222A. Turn right onto Yale Boulevard. The hotel is on the left.
  Albuquerque - from the South to Yale Boulevard to Sheraton Airport Take Interstate 25 North. take the Gibson East Exit 221. Turn right onto Yale Boulevard. The htoel is on the left.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

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: Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, February 24)
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Register with your program's Group Leader in hotel designated area between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
Accommodations: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park/Travel to Santa Fe/Visit State Capitol Building Art Collection/Presentation by Native American award-winning musician
(Monday, February 25)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room and hotel check-out no later than 8:00 AM.
 Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, you'll have a class about the history of New Mexico. Have luggage to bus for loading no later than 11:15 AM. Bus departs for Pecos at 10:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's in Pecos from 12:00 - 1:15 PM.
 Afternoon: From 1:30 - 3:00 PM, you'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historic Monument, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the monument would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 3:00 PM. Upon arrival, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its famous art collection.

Bus takes you to hotel at 5:00 pm for check-in at approximately 5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
 Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, where you'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal. Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: International Folk Art Museum/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and other state museum visits/Dinner on your own and free evening
(Tuesday, February 26)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing up to 30 minutes at a time at museums, with opportunities to sit.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:30 - 9:30 am, hear a lecture about the history of Santa Fe in hotel meeting room before departing for a visit to the International Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at 9:45 am, both part of the State of New Mexico Museums system. The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented. The International Folk Art Museum features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. Both museums have great gift shops as well!
 Lunch: Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 at Museum Hill Cafe.
 Afternoon: Continue with museum visits until 1:45 pm, when the bus will take you to downtown to visit the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum. You'll receive passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums as you choose, or you may have some free time in the downtown plaza area.

Bus returns to the hotel at 5:00 pm, or you may stay downtown for dinner on your own. You can get back to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules at front desk at hotel).

 Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight. You may return to the hotel and dine at a restaurant close by if you wish, or remain in the downtown area where there are many fine restaurants.

Your group leader will have some suggestions for you, if you'd like restaurant recommendations. Return to the hotel after dinner on your own, via cab or city bus.

 Evening: Free evening for more time in Santa Fe or rest and relaxation.
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Santa Clara Pueblo/St. Francis de Assis Church/Martinez Hacienda
(Wednesday, February 27)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing for up to thirty minutes at a time during site visits.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room at 7:00 - 8:30 AM; check out of hotel no later than 8:30 AM
 Morning: Bus departs at 9:00 AM for Taos, with a number of stops in between.

First, visit Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock at 10:00 AM. Bus departs for Santa Clara Pueblo at 12:00 pm for a visit with Paul Speckled Rock at his pottery shop at 1:30 pm. Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.Bus departs for Taos at 11:00 AM.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit Ranchos de Taos and St. Francis de Asis Church, one of the most photographed churches in New Mexico. Then you'll visit the Martinez Hacienda (2:30 PM visit), an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era. Bus travels to hotel for check-in about 4:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: After dinner, you'll meet a Taos resident who will charm you with stories about many fascinating personalities that made Taos the remarkable place it is today. You may be tired from the long day, but we guarantee that this presentation will keep you awake!
Accommodations: Comfort Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Millicent Rogers Museum/Blumenschein Home/Taos Pueblo (if open)
(Thursday, February 28)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for up to 30 minutes at a time (with some opportunities to sit) at museums and at Taos Pueblo.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:30 am.
 Morning: Bus departs for a trip to Taos Pueblo (8:30 AM) (if it's open to visitors--it's closed once in awhile for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc. and we seldom know more than a day in advance and sometimes not at all). After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum, scheduled for a 10:45 AM visit. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hspanic textiles, metal work and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European Southwestern Art. The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States
 Lunch: You'll have a boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, departing back to Taos at 1:30 PM.
 Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for the Ernest Blumenschein Home (2:00 PM visit). This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

At 2:45, you'll depart for the historic Taos Plaza, where you'll have from 3:00 - 5:00 PM to explore the Plaza and Bent Street areas.

At 5:00 PM, walk to a restaurant near the Plaza for dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner at Antonio's "A Taste of Mexico" from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Free evening for rest and relaxation.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimayó visit/Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Old Town
(Friday, March 1)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain. Standing up to 1 hour at museums with opportunities to sit).

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00-8:00 AM and hotel check-out. Have luggage to bus for loading no later than 7:45 AM, please!
 Morning: Bus departs to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó at 8:00 AM, following the High Road.

The bus will travel on to Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. Stop to visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.

You'll visit one of the shops in Chimayó to see some examples of the beautiful weavings, produced by families in Chimayó that have created these works of art for centuries.

Bus departs for lunch destination at 11:00 AM.

 Lunch: Lunch at Sopaipilla Factory in Pojoaque from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
 Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque.

You'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city as well as learning some interesting facts about its history.

Upon arrival, about 2:00 PM, you'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

After the visit, bus will depart for Old Town 3:00 PM. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open for you to visit, and you can explore Old Town with your group leader's guidance.

At 4:30 PM depart for dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30-6:30 pm.. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Bus departs at 6:30 PM for hotel and check-in.

 Evening: Check in at the hotel. From 7:30 - 8:30 PM, we'll show an optional video in a hotel meeting room.
Accommodations: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Acoma Pueblo/Dinner and closing comments
(Saturday, March 2)

Note: Walking up to two miles over paved or uneven packed dirt terrain over course of the day. Standing for 15-30 minutes at a time during guide lectures when visiting Petroglyphs and Pueblo.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 am.
 Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque from 8:15-9:15 am, bus departs for Boca Negra Petroglyphs (ranger lecture at 10:00 AM). This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa. As you listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, you'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

We'll depart at 11:30 AM for Acoma Pueblo.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Yaak'a Café from 12:45 - 1:45 PM at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo.
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors' center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo (2:00 pm) is located,

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff. You'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself. You'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.

Bus departs for Albuquerque at 4:00 PM, arriving at the hotel about 5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the hotel, with closing remarks to follow.
Accommodations: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, March 3)
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.

 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM in the hotel dining room. Check out time is no later than 12:00 noon.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Santa Fe, NM General Overview
Museums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below. For additional information, visit
  Taos, NM General Overview
While in Taos, you will have some time to explore the Plaza area and Bent Street area, where many galleries and shops are located. Although the program does not visit the Taos Pueblo, there will be an opportunity to be taken there on our bus, if you choose to do so during your free time. Admission to the pueblo is approximately $8.50 per person. Photographs are not allowed without a permit.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

Desert Solitaire

Author: Abbey, Edward

Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women

Author: Allen, Paula Gunn

Bless Me, Ultima

Author: Anaya, Rudolfo

Tierra: Contemporary Short Fiction of New Mexico

Author: Anaya, Rudolfo

The Land of Little Rain

Author: Austin, Mary

Lakota Woman

Author: Bird, Mary Brave

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Author: Cather, Willa

Women in the State of Grace

Author: Chavez, Denise

My Penitente Land

Author: Chavez Fray Angelico

The House at Otowi Bridge

Author: Church, Peggy Pond

Woman Hollering Creek

Author: Cisnerso, Sandra

Dance Hall of the Dead

Author: Hillerman, Tony

Hispanic American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology

Author: Kanellos, Nicolas

Mornings in Mexico

Author: Lawrence, D.H.

Edge of Taos Desert

Author: Luhan, Mabel Dodge

Days of Plenty, Days of Want

Author: Martin, Patricia Preciado

House Made of Dawn

Author: Momaday, N. Scott

Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints

Author: Mora, Pat

The Milagro Beanfield War

Author: Nichols, John

Good Journey

Author: Ortiz, Simon

Dancing to Pay the Light Bill

Author: Sagel, Jim

The Holy Cheese

Author: Sagel, Jim

The Man to Send Rain Clouds: Contemporary Stories by American Indians

Author: Silko, Leslie Marmon

Saanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing

Author: Tapahonso, Luci

Book of the Hopi

Author: Waters, Frank

Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era 1916-1941

Author: Weigle, Marta & Fior, Kyle

In Mad Love and War

Author: Harjo, Joy

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