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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:
4/25/2014 - 5/4/2014; 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: 9 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 24; 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

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.




Highlights

• 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

4-25-2014

This program is two days longer than the standard 11005 program as it includes the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow. This event features Native Americans from many tribes in the United States; they perform their traditional dances and wear their tribe's regalia over a three-day period. This program will take in the Saturday events (April 26) and then will have other activities on Sunday (April 27) prior to the regular 11005 program's beginning on Sunday evening.
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9-28-2014

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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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, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015

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4-24-2015

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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9-27-2015

This date is one day longer than the standard 11005 program. This program will attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Day 8 and depart on Day 9.
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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.



Taos

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.



Albuquerque

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.



Accommodations
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.
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
   MCM Elegante
  Albuquerque, NM 3 nights
   The Courtyard by Marriott
  Santa Fe, NM 2 nights
   Comfort Suites
  Taos, NM 2 nights
   MCM Elegante
  Albuquerque, NM 2 nights
 MCM Elegante
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking
  Contact info: 2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com
  Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request
  Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Hotel's best seasonal rate. Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Hotel's best seasonal rate. Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 The Courtyard by Marriott
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop
  Contact info: 3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe
  Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff
  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
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal
  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Register with the Road Scholar group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM. You will be staying at MCM Elegante 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 MCM Elegante 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 while at the hotel in Albuquerque.
Transportation
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
 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
MCM Elegante Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-884-2511

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

After picking up your luggage, call the hotel at 884-2511 from the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area.

 

Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
MCM Elegante Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-884-2511

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

It is a good idea to let the hotel's front desk staff know the evening before your departure that you'll need a shuttle to the airport. They can let you know what time the shuttle will depart in order for you to catch your flight.

 

Albuquerque

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
MCM Elegante Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-884-2511

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

It is a good idea to let the hotel's front desk staff know the evening before your departure that you'll need a shuttle to the Amtrak train station. They can let you know what time the shuttle will depart in order for you to catch your train.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
MCM Elegante Hotel Shuttle
phone: 505-884-2511

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Call the hotel upon your arrival at the Amtrak Station and they'll send a shuttle to pick you up. You may also take a taxi to the hotel if you wish. Taxi fares may be shared.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albuquerque International Airport The airport is located on the south end of Albuquerque. Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Take the entry ramp onto Interstate 25 and travel north to Exit 225 (Lomas). Continue driving north on the frontage road to Menaul Blvd. where you'll make a right turn. You'll see the hotel on the right-hand side of Menaul, just past the first intersection (at University.)
  From Interstate 25 Interstate 25 runs north and south through the middle of Albuquerque, where it crosses Interstate 40. From the north, take Exit 227 (Comanche, Candelaria, Menaul). Drive south along the frontage road until you reach Menaul (the third major intersection). Turn left on Menaul. Just after the first major intersection, with University Blvd., you'll see the hotel on the right. From the south, take Exit 225 (Lomas). Continue driving north along the frontage road until you reach Menaul. Turn right on Menaul and, just after the first major intersection (University), you'll see the hotel on the right.
  From Interstate 40 Interstate 40 runs east and west through the middle of Albuquerque. Near the center of town, it crosses Interstate 25. From the east, take Exit 159-D (University Blvd.) to the first light, which is Menaul. Turn right on Menaul and you'll see the hotel on the right, just past the intersection. From the west, take Exit 159-A (University Blvd.). Continue east along the frontage road until you reach University; turn left on University. Take a right at the second light, on Menaul, and you'll see the hotel on the right, just past the intersection.
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
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Program registration with the Group Leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gathering of Nations PowWow
(Saturday, April 26)

Note: Negotiating a number of stairs at the University of New Mexico arena



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: Class from 8:00 - 9:30 AM on Native American tribes, PowWow traditions, regalia, and more.

The bus departs at 9:45 for the Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico arena.

Seating is in the general admission area and is not assigned, but some blocks of seats are usually held by families and friends of the performers. It may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seating.

 Lunch: Lunch today is on our own from the food vendors along "PowWow Alley" at the arena
 Afternoon: The bus returns to the hotel at 3:15 PM for some leisure time before dinner.
 Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30
 Evening: At 5:30, our bus departs for the PowWow. This evening's activities include the Grand Entry of dancers and the crowning of Miss Indian World.

Bus returns to the hotel by 10:00 PM.

   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trips to Coronado Historic Site, the Albuquerque BioPark, and Albuquerque's Old Town
(Sunday, April 27)

Note: Walking several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain at Coronado, in Old Town, and at the BioPark



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll visit the Coronado Historic Site, one of the State Monuments of New Mexico. The site is near where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered the Rio Grand valley on his search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold, and contains the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo.
 Lunch: Lunch at The Range cafe in Bernalillo
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the Albuquerque BioPark, where we can view the aqarium and explore the beautiful grounds of the botanical garden.

We'll then go to Old Town. There are many shops, galleries, and museums in the area that we can explore on our own.

 Dinner: Dinner at Vinaigrette restaurant
 Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class about New Mexico's History/Field Trip to Pecos National Historical Park/Travel to Santa Fe/Presentation by Native American Award-winning Musician
(Monday, April 28)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and hotel check-out no later than 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, we'll hear about the history of New Mexico. We'll then depart for Pecos, New Mexico.
 Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's in Pecos from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
 Afternoon: From 1:45 - 3:15 PM, we'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical 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 3:15 PM, with hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
 Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where we'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 our evening with him will be a delight.

   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Dinner on Your Own and Free Evening
(Tuesday, April 29)

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 at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM
 Morning: From 8:00 - 9:00 AM, we'll hear a lecture about the history of Santa Fe. We'll then depart for visits to the State Capitol building, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

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 Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, the collection is fascinating.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a guided walking exploration of the Plaza area. We'll then have some free time to explore the area on our own; nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum (we'll have passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums), and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM. Those who wish may stay downtown for dinner, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules available at hotel front desk).

 Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. Our group leader can offer restaurant suggestion, both near the hotel and in the downtown area.
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: The Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Santa Clara Pueblo/St. Francis de Asís Church/Martinez Hacienda
(Wednesday, April 30)

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 at the hotel between 7:00 - 8:30 AM; check out of hotel no later than 8:30 AM.
 Morning: Bus departs for Taos with stops along the way.

Our first stop is at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.

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 continues on to Taos at 10:30 AM (there will be a rest stop on the way).

 Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Café
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll stop at San Francisco de Asís mission church, then visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
 Evening: Class about Taos after dinner
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Blumenschein Home
(Thursday, May 1)

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 at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: Pick up boxed lunches before departing at 8:30 AM for a trip to Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors--it closes for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc., and we don't always know in advance).

After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. 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 Hispanic 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 cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos is 650 feet above the Rio Grande, and is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

 Lunch: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
 Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where we'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. 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.

We'll then walk to Taos Plaza for a guided exploration of the historic district, followed by some time to explore the area at our leisure. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops nearby, as well as other museums and historic sites, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At 5:15, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Chimayó Visit/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Old Town
(Friday, May 2)

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 at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM and hotel checkout. Please have luggage out to the bus and be on board ready for departure by 8:15 AM.
 Morning: Bus departs at 8:15 AM by way of the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years.

We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the 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.

We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we'll see examples of some of the beautiful Hispanic weavings that families in the area have produced for centuries.

 Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch. We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.

Upon arrival in Albuquerque, about 2:30 PM, we'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.

Bus departs for the hotel at 4:15 PM.

At 5:15 PM, depart for dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Bus departs for hotel return at 6:45 PM.

 Evening: Optional video from 7:30 - 9:30 PM or evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Acoma Pueblo/Dinner and Closing Comments
(Saturday, May 3)

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 at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM
 Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque from 8:15 - 9:15 AM, our 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 visitors listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, many speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

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, we'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 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. Our guide will tell us 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. We'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 by 5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Breakfast/Independent Departures
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

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

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout 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 www.santafe.org
  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.
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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