|Bus departs at 8:15 for a visit to San Francisco de Asis Mission Church.|
San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a church built between 1772 and 1816. It is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself a historic district named Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico.
Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers; its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico, and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is also designated as a World Heritage church.
At 9:00 AM, the bus will travel to the remarkable Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
The bridge was built in the cantilever truss style and is the second highest bridge of its construction in the country. 650 feet below it runs the Rio Grande. The scenery is spectacular!
At 9:45 AM, the bus will depart for the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy outstanding historical collections of Native American jewelry, pottery- including the Maria Martinez Family Collection, contemporary paintings and weavings. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metalwork and sculpture, as well as, a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.
You'll then go to Taos Pueblo for a guided visit there. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.