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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:
10/12/2014 - 10/19/2014; 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; 3/5/2016 - 3/12/2016; 4/9/2016 - 4/16/2016; 4/22/2016 - 4/30/2016; 5/7/2016 - 5/14/2016; 5/21/2016 - 5/28/2016; 6/4/2016 - 6/11/2016; 7/9/2016 - 7/16/2016; 7/23/2016 - 7/30/2016; 8/27/2016 - 9/3/2016; 9/10/2016 - 9/17/2016; 9/24/2016 - 10/2/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/4/2016; 10/8/2016 - 10/15/2016; 10/15/2016 - 10/22/2016; 10/29/2016 - 11/5/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 19; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Explore the best that 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.
• Native American guides lead you through Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage site, and Acoma Pueblo (Sky City), both among the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the US.
• Enjoy a visits to Bandelier National Monument and the Earthships Biotecture Community.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily at elevations between 5,000 and 7,500 feet.

2015 dates include a visit to historic El Santuario de Chimayó.

Date Specific Information

10-12-2014, 7-26-2015, 8-30-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015, 3-5-2016, 4-9-2016, 5-7-2016, 5-21-2016, 6-4-2016, 7-9-2016, 7-23-2016, 8-27-2016, 9-10-2016, 10-8-2016, 10-15-2016, 10-29-2016

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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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This program attends the Gathering of Nations PowWow and is 1 day longer than the standard program.
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This program attends the first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and is 1 day longer than the standard program.
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This program stays at luxury accommodations and attends the first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, so is 1 day longer than the standard program.
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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.
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 1 night
   Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 2 nights
   Sagebrush Inn & 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
  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

 Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Recently renovated southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard
  Contact info: 3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
  Room amenities: Free wireless high-speed internet access, data ports, 37" flat-screen television with Cable/HBO, mini-refrigerator, coffee-tea maker with complimentary coffee/teak hair dryer, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor, foam pillows available upon request
  Facility amenities: The Bistro restaurant, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary coffee in lobby, fitness center, business center, 24-hour market for snacks and drinks, coin-operated laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, cash machine/ATM, newspaper in lobby, accommodating staff
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sagebrush Inn & 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

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 on Day 8; hotel check-out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at MCM Elegante the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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.
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



From Airport




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 




5 miles


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




To Airport




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 




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.




From Train Station




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 




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.




To Train Station




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 




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.

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 MCM ELEGANTE 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 MCM ELEGANTE 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 MCM ELEGANTE 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: Albuquerque is at an elevation of 5,000'. Santa Fe and Taos are above 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, October 12)
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in: Available after 3:00 PM.

Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the hotel meeting area to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

 Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Dinner usually consist of a salad, entrees with sides (vegetarian available), dessert, and coffee, water, or tea. (Please indicate any special dietary needs or restrictions on your Participant Information Form.)
 Evening: Orientation: We gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer questions.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration.

Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park / Travel to Santa Fe / Visit State Capitol Art Collection / Presentation by Native American Award-Winning Musician
(Monday, October 13)

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

 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet prepared fresh daily, including eggs and omelets cooked to order. A variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins ensure a great start to the day.
 Morning: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and gather in our meeting room to hear about the history of New Mexico. This class sets the stage for our week of exploration and discovery.

Next, we'll board our motor coach and depart for Pecos, New Mexico.

 Lunch: Plated lunches at Frankie's Southwestern Grill in Pecos; we'll order from a limited menu.
 Afternoon: This afternoon 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 ruins 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.

After visiting the Monument, we'll depart for Santa Fe, where we'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its marvelous art collection.

Our bus will then take us to the hotel for check-in.

 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel; dinner usually includes a salad, entree with sides, dessert, and coffee and tea, with vegetarian option available. Please note any dietary needs or restrictions on the Participant Information Form.
 Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation and performance by Ronald Roybal, a Native American professional musician and scholar.

Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer in his own right. He's a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, and our evening with him will be both unique and memorable.

Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip to Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening
(Tuesday, October 14)

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: In the Bistro at the hotel. Breakfast choices usually include classic oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts; granola yogurt parfait; strawberry banana smoothie; morning scramble with eggs, crisp bacon, sausage, or turkey bacon, potatoes, and toast; thick-cut French toast with fresh strawberries and country syrup; breakfast BLT with broken egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough.
 Morning: This morning, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe, "The City Different." We'll then board our coach and depart for Museum Hill to visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 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 Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, this is a delightful and fascinating museum.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the heart of Santa Fe for a walking exploration of the Plaza area. Our guide will point out historic and noteworthy sites near the Plaza. We'll then have some free time to explore the area on our own. The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (our Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.

Our motor coach will leave the Plaza at a designated time for return to the hotel. Those who wish may remain in the Plaza area, but will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel. (There is city bus and taxi service available from the Plaza to the hotel.)

 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure to enjoy as you please.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Santa Clara Pueblo / St. Francis de Asís Mission Church / Martinez Hacienda
(Wednesday, October 15)

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: At the hotel
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart for Taos.

On the way, we'll take a side trip to 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.

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 help fund additional tribal endeavors.

Continue on to Ranchos de Taos.

 Lunch: At the Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de Taos. Our group will order from a limited menu.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity. The church has been a favorite subject for artists and photographers, and has been depicted in the works Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

From the church we'll go to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

We'll arrive at the hotel at about 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: At the hotel. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea, with vegetarian options available.
 Evening: This evening we'll hear from a local expert about Taos, its often wild history, and its colorful residents.
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip to Taos Pueblo (if open) / Millicent Rogers Museum / Rio Grande Gorge Bridge / Blumenschein Home
(Thursday, October 16)

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: Buffet at the hotel; choices usually include cold cereals, oatmeal, bananas and raisins, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, yogurt, hash browns, sausage, French toast, syrup, red and green chile, and freshly brewed coffee, hot teas, fruit juice, and toast bar.
 Morning: We'll pick up boxed lunches before departing for 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 visiting the Pueblo, we'll go 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.

Our coach then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (locally known as the "High Bridge"), a cantilever truss structure 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: We'll eat our boxed lunches at the picnic area overlooking the Gorge at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll drive to 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.

Following this visit, there will then be some time for independent explorations of the Plaza and Bent Street areas. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At a designated time, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.

 Dinner: At a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure at the hotel.
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimayó Visit / Travel to Albuquerque / Indian Pueblo Cultural Center / Old Town
(Friday, October 17)

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: At the hotel
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart via the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." 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 local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.

 Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda and a local favorite.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles; most dishes are accompanied by red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and beverage (sodas, coffee, tea, Prickly Pear Lemonade) included.

 Afternoon: We'll continue on to Albuquerque after lunch. Along the way, 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, we will 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 this visit, we will depart for Old Town Albuquerque.

Albuquerque's historic Old Town has been the focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.
 Dinner: We'll have dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
 Evening: Hotel check-in and optional video
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Boca Negra Petroglyphs / Acoma Pueblo / Dinner and Closing Comments
(Saturday, October 18)

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: At the hotel
 Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque, we will depart for the Boca Negra Petroglyphs. 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.

Depart for Acoma Pueblo.

 Lunch: At the Yaak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to explore the pueblo's visitors' center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. It is situated on top of a 376-foot-high sandstone mesa. We'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 on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.

As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.

Return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Sunday, October 19)
 Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.
 Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
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.
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

American Indian Myths and Legends

Author: Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

Description: An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal stories from all over North America.

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

Author: Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)

Description: This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.

Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico

Author: Jack Parsons

Description: Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.

Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality

Author: Mabel Dodge Luhan

Description: First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.

If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir

Author: John Treadwell Nichols, William Davis (Photographer)

Description: A visual survey of Taos old from the perspective of a 30-year Taos resident, who's still as in love with the land now as he was when the book was first published in 1979.

Indian Arts of the Southwest

Author: Susanne Page

Description: Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.

Moon Handbook Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque

Author: Zora O'Neill

Description: A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide in the popular series, with good background information about history, culture and popular attractions.

New Mexico, A History

Author: Joseph P. Sanchez

Description: This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.

Pueblo Indians of North America

Author: Edward P. Dozier

Description: A rare glimpse into the life and culture of Eastern and Western Pueblos.

Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History

Author: Joe Sando

Description: An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.

Runner in the Sun

Author: D'Arcy McNickle

Description: Nickles combined his anthropology background with all the suspense of a mystery to craft this novel about pre-Hispanic Indian life in the American Southwest.

Santa Fe Map

Author: MapEasy

Description: A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.

Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City

Author: David Grant Noble (Editor)

Description: A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.

Talking With the Clay, The Art of Pueblo Pottery

Author: Stephen Trimble, Tom Ireland (Photographer)

Description: With color photographs throughout, this 20th anniversary edition of Trmible's portrait of the Pueblo people as revealed through pottery traditions includes interviews with a new generation of artists.

The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One

Author: Traugott, Joseph

Description: An illustrated compendium of New Mexico art from the 1880s to the present that considers historical and cultural significance with a wealth of information about the artists and their pieces. Written for a broad audience.

The Great Taos Bank Robbery

Author: Tony Hillerman

Description: Nine indelible tales of life in New Mexico by the great newspaperman and author of the terrific series of mysteries set on the Navajo Nation.

The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

Author: Dave DeWitt

Description: Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

The Spell of New Mexico

Author: Tony Hillerman (Editor)

Description: A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.

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