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Tony Hillerman's Landscape

Program Number: 20164RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/7/2014 - 5/19/2014; 9/10/2014 - 9/22/2014; 5/10/2015 - 5/22/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $2,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; Literature; Photography
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the Southwest on an adventure focused on American author Tony Hillerman. You will meet Anne Hillerman — the novelist’s daughter — and her photographer husband, Don Strel prior to embarking on this 13-day, three-state exploration of people and locations Hillerman wrote about in his 19-book mystery series featuring officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. Hear special speakers, view film adaptations of Hillerman novels, and discuss his books with the family who knew him best.




Highlights

• Experience the culture of Native American pueblos, speak with members of the Navajo Nation and explore Hillerman landscapes and points of interest.
• Explore Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, Zuni Pueblo, the Grand Canyon, Window Rock and more.
• Receive a copy of "Tony Hillerman's Landscape," written by Anne Hillerman with photography by Don Strel.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over uneven, rocky terrain with some elevation increase.




Date Specific Information

9-10-2014

The itinerary for our 2014 departures is as follows: Arrival Santa Fe, N.M., 1 night; coach to Albuquerque, N.M., 1 night; coach to Gallup, N.M., 1 night; coach to Chinle, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Tuba City, Ariz., 1 night; coach to Cameron, Ariz.,1 night; coach to Kayenta, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Cortez, CO., 2 nights; coach to Santa Fe, N.M., 1 night; Departure.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Albuquerque, N.M., 2 night; coach to Gallup, N.M., 1 night; coach to Chinle, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Tuba City, Ariz., 2 night; coach to Kayenta, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Cortez, CO., 2 nights; coach to Albuquerque, N.M., 1 night; 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.



Gallup

Gateway to several Native American pueblos and reservations including Acoma, Zuni, Hopi and the Navajo nation, historic Gallup is situated in the northwest corner of New Mexico encircled by breathtaking scenery, including red rock canyons, mesas and the Chuksa and Zuni Mountains.



Chinle

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



Monument Valley

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



Grand Canyon National Park

Within the borders of its 1.2 million acres, this World Heritage Site offers bikers, hikers, rafters and campers everything from breathtaking vistas to high adventure. Its 277 miles of raw rock and water continue to amaze generations of visitors.



Winslow

This stop on historic Route 66 became known to America when in 1972 Glenn Frey of the Eagles famously sang about “a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.” Within the town is the famous La Posada Hotel, which has hosted the likes of Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Kirk Douglas, who all appeared in Westerns filmed in the area.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotels, landmark properties.

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.
 
Dick Smith

Richard (Dick) Smith served as a United Methodist pastor for 40 years in Santa Fe, Oklahoma and Alaska. Retired from active ministry, he and his wife, Jane, a youth minister, have served churches in the Alaskan Missionary Conference for short periods for seven years. Dick is an excellent photographer and has a large collection of Southwestern photographs, as well as wildlife and scenery photos from Alaska. Ask him for photo tips!
 
Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman, the daughter of crime novelist Tony Hillerman, is the author of six books and is an experienced journalist. She has received awards for her work from the National Federation of Press Women and the New Mexico Press Association. She is the director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery. She and her husband, Don Strel, authored the book "Tony Hillerman's Landscape." Anne lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Don Strel

Don Strel taught design at San Francisco State and Northern Illinois University, and has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts at the Museum of New Mexico. A resident of Santa Fe, he is the director of Southwest Assignments, a design and public relations agency. Don and his wife, Anne Hillerman, created “Tony Hillerman's Landscape,” a photographic journey through the landscape immortalized in bestselling author Tony Hillerman's beloved mystery series.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Lodge at Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 1 night
   MCM Elegante Hotel
  Santa Fe, NM 1 night
   Comfort Suites Gallup
  Gallup, NM 1 night
   Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
  Chinle, AZ 2 nights
   Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites
  Tuba City, Arizona 1 night
   Cameron Trading Post & Lodge
  Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 1 night
   Wetherill Inn
  Kayenta, Arizona 2 nights
   Far View Lodge
  Cortez, CO 2 nights
   The Lodge at Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 1 night
 The Lodge at Santa Fe
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.
  Contact info: 750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.
  Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar room rate Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar room rate Contact Theresa Sandoval at the hotel (505-992-5853 or tsandoval@hhandr.com) or call the central reservations line at 1-800-529-5700 well in advance to reserve additional nights; please tell them that you are with a Road Scholar program that will begin on the date your program starts. The Road Scholar room rate (housing only; meals are not included in the Road Scholar room rate) will be offered for three nights pre- and post-program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 MCM Elegante Hotel
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

 Comfort Suites Gallup
Type: Hotel
  Description: All-suites hotel located on old Route 66.
  Contact info: 3940 E. Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 505-863-3455
web: www.hotelsone.com/gallup-hotels-us/comfort-suites-gallup.html?
  Room amenities: High-speed Internet access, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, cable television
  Facility amenities: business center, cable television, indoor pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Type: Hotel
  Description: Proximity to Canyon de Chelly
  Contact info: Bia Route 7-Garcia Trading Post
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, wifi and wired internet
  Smoking allowed: No

 Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: This hotel is the first built in Hopi tribal land in 50 years, and was the inspiration of the Elders of Upper Village of Moenkopi. It was their vision that their village should be a place of welcome and gathering for visitors to the land of the Hopi. The hotel offers a serenity lounge, and a kiva garden for visitors to enjoy.
  Contact info: P. O. Box 2260
Tuba City, AR 87056 USA
phone: 928-283-4500
web: www.experiencehopi.com/hotel.html
  Room amenities: coffee maker, armchair, 32" flat-screen TV, wireless Internet access, non-smoking, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, air conditioning, radio alarm clock, cable television; voice mail
  Facility amenities: Lobby coffee bar, full service business center, fitness center, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, San Francisco Peaks Serenity Lounge, Kiva garden
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Cameron Trading Post & Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Cameron Trading Post is an authentic Native American Indian hotel & trading post in the heart of the Southwest near the Navajo and Hopi lands. Each room has the theme of an Indian hotel with hand-carved furnishings in historic Southwestern decor to provide comfort and charm during your stay.
  Contact info: 466 HWY 89
Cameron, AZ 86020 USA
phone: 180-033-8738 x5
web: http://www.camerontradingpost.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have telephone, cable TV, Wi-Fi, coffee makers and AC.
  Facility amenities: A beautiful restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a huge stone fireplace, antique fixtures, and Native American Indian art decor. The beautiful Sandstone gardens at the Cameron Trading Post lodge were designed and planted in the 1930's. The Cameron Trading Post today is a center for local trade as well as a source for Native American Indian art, antique and contemporary.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Wetherill Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Proximity to Monument Valley
  Contact info: 1000 Main Street
Kayenta, AZ 86033 USA
phone: 928-697-3231
web: www.wetherill-inn.com
  Room amenities: Large flat-screen LCT TV, cable satellite television, high-speed wireless internet, coffee/tea maker, air conditioning, refrigerator
  Facility amenities: Free high-speed wireless internet, guest PC and printer in lobby, indoor heated pool, guest laundry
  Smoking allowed: No

 Far View Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: 1 Navajo Hill
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 USA
phone: 800-449-2288
  Room amenities: Private balconies; no televisions
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel anytime after 4:00 PM. Registration with Road Scholar group leader between 4:00-5:30 PM on first day of program You will be staying at The Lodge at Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast or any time after 7:00 AM on final day of program. Hotel check-out time is 12:00 PM You will be staying at The Lodge at Santa Fe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at no charge at hotel from which you will arrive and depart
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe, NM
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Travel Time:

 

5 to 10 minutes 

   

The Santa Fe airport is serviced by a limited number of flights and airlines. If you choose to fly into/out of Santa Fe, please call your hotel before the program starts for their recommendation regarding shuttle transportation from/to the airport.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe. Reservations are required. When you make your reservations, you'll need to let the shuttle service know the hotel at which you'd like to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.

 
Driving Directions
  Driving North from Albuquerque Take I-25 north from Albuquerque approximately 56 miles to Santa Fe. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit #282 and go left under the overpass. Merge on St. Francis Drive heading north. Go 5 miles through Santa Fe to the stoplight at Alamo Drive and turn left. Take an immediate right onto Calle Mejia. The LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  Driving South from Taos or Espanola Take US 285 / US 284 South toward Santa Fe. Follow signs to St. Francis Drive and stay to the right. You will pass the hotel on the right as you come down the hill into Santa Fe. Turn right at the light at Alamo Drive. Take an immediate right on Calle Mejia. THE LODGE AT SANTA FE is on the left at the top of the hill. If using a GPS device, use the address 744 Calle Mejia, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Elevation Note: Altitude at program locations ranges from 5,000' to 7,500' above sea level

Equipment Requirements: No equipment required, but you should definitely bring your camera!
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: Arrival in Santa Fe, Hotel Check-In, Introductions and Orientation
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel any time after 4:00 PM.

Register with program's Group Leader in hotel lobby between 4:00-5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room.

We'll meet Anne Hillerman and Don Strel and view a slide show that will introduce us to the program.

   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class on Native Americans, Downtown Walking Exploration of Hillerman Sites, Trip to Albuquerque and Hillerman University of New Mexico Sites
(Thursday, May 8)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and unpaved terrain; standing in museums (although with opportunities to sit!)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning there will be a presentation about Native Americans of the Southwest. We'll then board our coach and go downtown for a walking exploration of some of Tony Hillerman's favorite Santa Fe places with Anne Hillerman as our guide.
 Lunch: Lunch at the historic La Fonda Hotel, a Tony Hillerman favorite
 Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico campus, where we'll visit the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the Zimmerman Library, followed by a driving excursion along Albuquerque's Central Avenue, once part of Route 66.
 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: After dinner, check into the MCM Elegante hotel
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Acoma Pueblo Guided Exploration, Zuni Pueblo
(Friday, May 9)

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven, packed dirt terrain; standing for up to one hour at a time in Acoma Visitors' Center and at Zuni Pueblo



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Hotel checkout and departure for Acoma Pueblo, where we'll have a guided exploration of the old village and see the Sky City Cultural Center.
 Lunch: Lunch at Y'aak'a Cafe at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: We'll see the Cultural Center after lunch, then depart for Zuni Pueblo, where we'll visit the Mission Church and other sites.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at Zuni Pueblo
 Evening: After dinner, the bus travels on to Gallup, NM with hotel check-in at the Comfort Suites
   
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Gallup
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Window Rock Tribal Park, Navajo Tribal Museum and Library, Hubbell Trading Post, Presentation by Navajo Nation representative
(Saturday, May 10)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day; standing up to an hour at a time at museums and at tribal park



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of the hotel and travel to Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. At Window Rock, we'll visit the Navajo Nation Museum and Window Rock Tribal Park.
 Lunch: Lunch at Navajo Nation Quality Inn at Window Rock
 Afternoon: We continue on to Chinle with a stop at Hubbell Trading Post. Hotel check-in and time at leisure until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Holiday Inn
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rim Exploration of Canyon de Chelly and Four-Wheel-Drive Field Trip into the Canyon
(Sunday, May 11)

Note: Walking over uneven paved and unpaved terrain up to one mile over course of the day.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Driving excursion along rim of Canyon de Chelly
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Four-wheel-drive excursion into Canyon de Chelly
 Dinner: Dinner at The Junction -one of Chinle's rather off-beat restaurants. It isn't fancy, but the food is okay!
 Evening: Bus returns to hotel after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Guided visit to Hopi Country in Northeastern Arizona, Followed by Travel to Moenkopi Lodge
(Monday, May 12)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day in various areas of Hopi villages.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After hotel checkout, our bus will depart on trip through northern Arizona for a visit to the Hopi Nation. A Hopi guide will take us to mesa-top Hopi villages, where we'll meet some artists who perpetuate traditions and culture of the Hopi, including Kachina doll carvers, basket makers, silversmiths and other artists who can explain the significance of the art.

In the Hopi villages, original homes are still intact and have been continuously occupied for over a thousand years.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center
 Afternoon: Hopi visit will continue in the afternoon.

The bus will then travel on to Tuba City, where we'll check in at Moenkopi Lodge, a hotel owned & operated by the Hopi Nation.

 Dinner: Dinner at Tuuvi' Cafe, next to the hotel
 Evening: Optional video: "The Dark Wind," a movie based on the Tony Hillerman novel
   
Accommodations: Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Full-day Guided Bus and Walking Exploration alon the South Rim of the Grand Canyon/Cameron Trading Post
(Tuesday, May 13)

Note: Walking short distances on paved and well-groomed trails.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart for the Grand Canyon, where we'll explore some of the South Rim by bus and on foot.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Maswick Cafeteria
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue to explore the South Rim area on foot and/or by bus as time permits. Well then have some free time for independent exploration in the area of El Tovar Hotel.
 Dinner: Meet on the porch of the El Tovar Hotel at 4:45. Dinner will be in the hotel dining room. Afterwards, we'll depart for check-in at the Cameron Trading Post & Lodge.
 Evening: Travel to Cameron and check in at hotel
   
Accommodations: Cameron Trading Post & Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Tuba City and Trading Post, Navajo Museum, Kayenta
(Wednesday, May 14)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain; standing in cultural centers and trading post up to one hour at any given location



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll depart for Tuba City, AZ, named after a Hopi chief "Tuve." This is the administrative center for the western portion of the Navajo Nation. We'll visit the Tuba City Trading Post, the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum, and Betatakin ruins at Navajo National Monument.
 Lunch: Boxed lunches
 Afternoon: After departing from Betatakin, we'll travel on to Kayenta. On arrival, we'll stop at the Burger King, where we'll see a very special exhibit.

We'll then go to the Wetherill Inn for hotel check-in.

 Dinner: Dinner at Amigo's restaurant
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Wetherill Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Navajo Guided Full-day Exploration of Monument Valley in 4X4 Vehicles
(Thursday, May 15)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over uneven paved and unpaved terrain; getting on and off bus at locations on Monument Valley exploration; standing at some locations while guide explains area



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart for Goulding's Lodge, where we'll embark on a full-day exploration of Monument Valley with Navajo guides.
 Lunch: Lunch at a specially selected site in Monument Valley.
 Afternoon: Continue Monument Valley exploration
 Dinner: Dinner at Goulding's Lodge
 Evening: Return to the Wetherill Inn
   
Accommodations: Wetherill Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, Mesa Verde
(Friday, May 16)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and unpaved terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart for Mesa Verde National Park, with stops at Teec Nos Pos Trading Post and Four Corners Monument on the way.
 Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurant in Cortez, CO
 Afternoon: Arrival and check-in at Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde
 Dinner: Dinner in the Metate Room at Far View Lodge
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Far View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Mesa Verde National Park
(Saturday, May 17)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain; getting on and off bus several times; standing in some areas during guided explorations



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: We'll spend the morning viewing some of the amazing "cliff dwellings" at Mesa Verde.

Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table,” offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape.

The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually building elaborate stone villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls.

Today, most people call these sheltered villages “cliff dwellings.” The cliff dwellings represent the last 75 to 100 years of occupation at Mesa Verde.

In the late 1200s, within the span of one or two generations, they left their homes and moved away.

The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States, offering visitors a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Twenty-four Native American tribes in the southwest have an ancestral affiliation with the sites at Mesa Verde.

 Lunch: Lunch at Far View Terrace
 Afternoon: Continue our exploration of Mesa Verde
 Dinner: Dinner in the Metate Room
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Far View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Shiprock, Aztec Ruins, Arrival in Santa Fe
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day over paved and unpaved terrain; getting on and off bus several times; standing in some areas during guided explorations



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of hotel and depart for Shiprock, NM, where there will be a photo opportunity. We'll then continue on to Aztec, NM, where we will visit Aztec Ruins National Monument.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sonya's in Aztec, NM
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue on to Santa Fe.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Program closing
   
Accommodations: The Lodge at Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Breakfast and departures
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. CHECK-OUT TIME IS 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
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


The Blessing Way


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Fly on the Wall


Author: Tony Hillerman


Dance Hall of the Dead


Author: Tony Hillerman


Listening Woman


Author: Tony Hillerman


People of Darkness


Author: Tony Hillerman


Skinwalkers


Author: Tony Hillerman


A Thief of Time


Author: Tony Hillerman


Talking God


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Dark Wind


Author: Tony Hillerman


Coyote Waits


Author: Tony Hillerman


Sacred Clowns


Author: Tony Hillerman


Finding Moon


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Fallen Man


Author: Tony Hillerman


The First Eagle


Author: Tony Hillerman


Hunting Badger


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Wailing Wind


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Ghost Way


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories of the Southwest


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Shape Shifter


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Sinister Pig


Author: Tony Hillerman


Skeleton Man


Author: Tony Hillerman


The Mysterious West


Author: Tony Hillerman


Chee's Witch


Author: Tony Hillerman




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