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The Best of New Mexico: Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

Program Number: 11005RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/22/2015 - 3/29/2015; 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 communities in the US.
• Enjoy visits to Bandelier National Monument and the Earthship Biotecture Community.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over paved and unpaved terrain; standing for up to an hour in museums, galleries and studios at elevations of 7,000 - 7,500 feet.

Date Specific Information

3-22-2015, 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 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, 2 nights; coach to Santa Fe, 2 nights; coach to Taos, 2 nighs; coach to Albuquerque 1 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.
Cisco Guevara

Cisco Guevara honed his storytelling craft around campfires deep in the river canyons of northern New Mexico. A river runner since his teenage days in Los Alamos, “the Atomic City,” he has become a New Mexico legend: instantly recognizable by his black hat. Cisco’s stories range from his rebellious youth, to tales that draw on his Hispanic and Native American heritage, to hair-raising adventures in the wilderness, to haunting tales of love and loss.
Christopher Gibson

Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.
Meals and Lodgings
   MCM Elegante
  Albuquerque, NM 1 night
   The Sage Inn
  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

 The Sage Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Inn just underwent a $1.5 million renovation. All rooms were completely renovated, and the Inn has used beautiful Southwestern decor throughout. Authentic local decorative accents, including custom tinwork and hand-woven tapestries are found throughout the public areas of the Inn as well as in the guest rooms.
  Contact info: 725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-982-5952
  Room amenities: Rooms have in-room coffee, hair dryers, irons, full-sized ironing boards, satellite color television, digital alarm clocks, touch-tone telephones with free local calls, voice mail systems, automated wake-up calls, wireless high-speed Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The Sage Inn offers a year-round, outdoor, heated pool, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, a business center, meeting and banquet facilities, and free parking for its guests. The Santa Fe Sage Inn shuttle provides transportation to our guests within a 2-mile radius, which includes Santa Fe’s major attractions such as Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road Galleries, Museum Hill, New Mexico State Capitol, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in addition to the many wonderful restaurants that Santa Fe is known for. Our guests can call the shuttle for drop off and pick up…yes, your personal “Sage Coach” to explore the sights of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sage Inn “Sage Coach” schedule is as follows: • Tuesdays 12 pm to 6 pm • Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 am to 6 pm • Fridays & Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 9 pm • Sunday & Monday Closed
  Smoking allowed: No

 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:
On Day 1, hotel check-in is available from 3:00-5:30 p.m. The program commences with Registration with the Group Leader from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at MCM Elegante that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes with breakfast on Day 7 with breakfast. Hotel checkout by is by 12:00 Noon. 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 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



To Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Free hotel shuttle
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 Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Free hotel shuttle
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.

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 to the MCM ELEGANTE 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: Elevations between 5,000' and 7,500' above sea level.

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 and Orientation
(Sunday, March 22)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to 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: At the hotel in our section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00-7:00 PM.
 Evening: Orientation: 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 any questions you may have.

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.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field Trips to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Pecos National Historical Park / Travel to Santa Fe
(Monday, March 23)

Note: Walking up to two miles over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day. Standing at museum. Getting on and off of bus.

 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, including eggs and omelets cooked to order, a variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins.
 Morning: We begin our week of discovery with a class about the history of New Mexico and Albuquerque.

We'll then board our coach and depart for a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, the IPCC advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. Our self-guided visit will introduce us to New Mexico's many different Pueblos as we view the Pueblo-curated exhibits.

We'll then depart for Santa Fe.

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for Pecos, NM. We'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Park, 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 it 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.

Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: The Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentation by Award-Winning Native American Musician / Field Trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art / Free Afternoon / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening
(Tuesday, March 24)

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

 Breakfast: "Fresh Start" breakfast buffet serving fresh waffles, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, juice, and coffee
 Morning: After breakfast we'll enjoy a presentation 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 in his own right. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player.

We'll then depart for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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.

(Both museums have great gift shops as well.)

 Lunch: From a selected menu at a local restaurant offering New Mexican and traditional American fare
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel by our motorcoach to the downtown Plaza for a guided walking exploration of the area.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are free.

Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Your "Culture Pass" can be used for these admission to these state museums.)

Our motorcoach will return to the hotel at a designated time. Those who choose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our bus will need to make arrangements for their own transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).

 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.
 Evening: Free evening to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, or rest and relax.
Accommodations: The Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Field Trip to Bandelier National Monument / Field Trip to Martinez Hacienda / Presentation about Taos
(Wednesday, March 25)

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

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of hotel and depart for Bandelier National Monument, which is fascinating both for its geology and archaeology. After stopping at the Visitor Center, we'll explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.

Continue on to Pojoaque for lunch.
 Lunch: At the Sopaipilla Factory in Pojoaque
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll contine on to Taos where we'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Hotel check-in at the Sagebrush Inn and Suites.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: This evening a local storyteller will entertain us with a presentation about Taos and its colorful history and residents.
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Martinez Hacienda / Rio Grande Gorge / Earthship Biotecture Community / Taos Plaza / Dinner at Selected Restaurant
(Thursday, March 26)

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.

 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: After breakfast we'll board our motorcoach and depart for the Rio Grande Gorge.

We'll cross the Gorge via the "High Bridge," which spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above river, affording a breathtaking view of both. After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community.

Earthship biotecture is a sustainable building style using recyled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and funky — shapes and sizes.

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo. This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.

From there, we'll go to Taos Plaza for some free time to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

We'll then meet our motorcoach at a designated time and location for return to the hotel.

 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Optional video or free evening
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trip to Chimayó / Travel to Albuquerque / Field Trip to Petroglyph National Monument
(Friday, March 27)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain.

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

We'll visit the 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, and is a testament to the enduring faith of many northern New Mexicans.

We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic weavings. Local families in Chimayó have been creating these works of art for generations.

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

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum plant. Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with 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 a non-alcoholic beverage.

 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Albuquerque, stopping at Petroglyph National Monument on the way. We'll see ancient symbols, figures, and animals etched into the rock at 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.

We'll go to the hotel for check-in after this visit.

 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: At leisure
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Acoma Pueblo / Old Town / Dinner and Closing Comments
(Saturday, March 28)

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: This morning, we'll depart for Acoma Pueblo. We'll have a chance to explore the Sky City Cultural Center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.

Situated on top of a 367-foot sandstone bluff, old Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. 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 live there today 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.

 Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for return to Albuquerque and a visit to Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque 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: At a selected restaurant
 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, March 29)
 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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