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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:
10/26/2014 - 11/2/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/19/2015; 4/24/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/7/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/12/2015; 7/26/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/6/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/20/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/25/2015; 10/25/2015 - 11/1/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/8/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 26; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Explore the best that the New Mexico has to offer: the cosmopolitan heart of Albuquerque, the state's largest city; the Old World charm of Santa Fe; and the frontier spirit of Taos. From history and culture to cuisine and the arts, compare and contrast these unique cities and see how they evolved into the jewels they are today.




Highlights

• Explore the renowned museums and art galleries that make northern New Mexico a mecca for both artists and collectors.
• Step back in time on a trip to the historic community of Chimayo, famous for El Santuario de Chimayo, a Spanish mission church built around the reputed healing earth.
• Native American guides lead you through the Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage site, and Acoma (Sky City) Pueblo, both among the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the US.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 7,200 feet.




Date Specific Information

10-26-2014, 3-22-2015, 4-12-2015, 5-10-2015, 5-31-2015, 7-5-2015, 7-26-2015, 8-30-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-11-2015, 10-18-2015, 10-25-2015, 11-1-2015

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4-24-2015

This program date is 2 days longer than the standard 11005 and will attend the Gathering of Nations PowWow on Day 2.
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9-27-2015

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

Arrival Albuquerque, 1 night; coach to Santa Fe, 2 nights; coach to Taos, 2 nights; coach to Albuquerque 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Taos

Home to Pueblo Indians long before Spanish missionaries established an outpost in 1617, by the early 1800s, Taos was the largest fur trading center in the West. Native American traditions and the natural beauty of surrounding mountains abound in this vibrant, northern New Mexico community favored by artists since the late 1800s.



Albuquerque

New Mexico's vast history, diversity, creativity, cuisine, beauty and art unite in this vibrant city, founded as a Spanish colonial outpost in 1706 and built in a traditional Spanish village configuration in which civic buildings surround a central plaza. “Old Town” is just one of New Mexico’s largest city’s many gems.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotels with swimming pools, fitness centers.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   MCM Elegante
  Albuquerque, NM 3 nights
   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
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com
  Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request
  Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Hotel's best seasonal rate. Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Hotel's best seasonal rate. Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 The 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
web: www.santafesageinn.com
  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 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. You will be staying at MCM Elegante Hotel that night. You will be staying at MCM Elegante that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes on Day 7 with breakfast. Hotel checkout by is by 12:00 Noon. You will be staying at MCM Elegante Hotel the night before. You will be staying at MCM Elegante the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles while in Albuquerque.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Albuquerque, NM
  Nearest highway: I-25 and I-40
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport
  From End of Program
  Location: Albuquerque, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

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

 

Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

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

 
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: 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 / Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Introductions and Orientation
(Friday, April 24)
   
 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 reserved 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.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

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: Morning Lecture about Native American Tribes and the Gathering of Nations PowWow / Field Trips to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Gathering of Nations PowWow
(Saturday, April 25)

Note: Getting on and off bus. Negotiating a number of stairs at the University of New Mexico arena



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, including eggs and omelets cooked to order, a variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins.
 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: This morning there will be a class about Native American tribes, PowWow traditions, regalia, and more.

We'll then board our motor 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 of New Mexico with dignity and respect. There is usually Native dancing scheduled at the IPCC during this weekend, and we'll try to schedule our visit to coincide with this.

 Morning: After breakfast, we'll learn about the Gathering of Nations PowWow and Native American tribes, dances, and regalia.

Depart for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center after. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, the IPCC advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico with dignity and respect. There are usually Native dances at the Center this weekend; we'll try to schedule our visit to coincide with one of these.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel or a selected restaurant
 Lunch: At the hotel or a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: We'll have some leisure time at the hotel before departing for the Gathering of Nations PowWow at the University of New Mexico.

Seating is in the general admission area and is not assigned. Blocks of seats are often held by families and friends of the performers, and it may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seats.

 Afternoon: We'll have some time at leisure after lunch, then depart for the Gathering of Nations venue at the University of New Mexico. Seating is in the general admission area and is not assigned. Blocks of seats are often held by families and friends of the performers, and it may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seats.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the food and beverage vendors along "PowWow Alley."
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the food and beverage vendors along "PowWow Alley."
 Evening: This evening we'll view PowWow dances and the crowning of Miss Indian World, returning to the hotel at about 10:00 PM.
 Evening: This evening we'll view PowWow dances and the crowning of Miss Indian World, returning to the hotel at about 10:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch

Day 3: Field Trips to Coronado Historic Site and Albuquerque's Old Town
(Sunday, April 26)

Note: Walking several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain at Coronado and Old Town



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll visit the Coronado Historic Site, one of the State Monuments of New Mexico. The site is near where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered the Rio Grand valley on his search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold, and contains the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo.

After this visit, we'll continue on to Albuquerque's historic Old Town.

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Independent explorations of 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 the hotel
 Evening: Optional video
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Lecture about the History of New Mexico and Albuquerque / Field Trip to Pecos National Historical Park / Travel to Santa Fe / Presentation by Native American Award-Winning Musician
(Monday, April 27)

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



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: We begin our morning with a class about the history of New Mexico and Albuquerque.

We'll then check out of the hotel, board our coach, and depart for Pecos, NM.

 Lunch: Plated restaurant meal from a selected menu
 Afternoon: After lunch, 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 Santa Fe restaurant
 Evening: Lecture and performan taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal. Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player.
   
Accommodations: The Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: History of Santa Fe / Field Trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art / Free Time / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening
(Tuesday, April 28)

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: "Fresh Start" breakfast buffet serving fresh waffles, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, juice, and coffee
 Morning: Following breakfast, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe "The City Different." 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: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: We'll embark on a walking exploration of the Plaza area, after which our bus will return to the hotel.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax at the hotel or explore on your own. 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.)

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: At leisure 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 6: Bandelier National Monument / Martinez Hacienda
(Wednesday, April 29)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 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, NM.
 Lunch: At the Sopaipilla Factory in Pojoaque
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll contine on to Taos (with a rest stop along the way), where we'll visit the Martinez Hacienda. The Martinez Hacienda is an example of a Spanish/Mexican hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

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

Day 7: Morning Lecture about the History of Taos / Rio Grande Gorge / Earthship Biotecture Community / Taos Pueblo / Taos Plaza / Dinner at Selected Restaurant
(Thursday, April 30)

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: This morning begins with a class about Taos and its colorful history and residents. We'll then pick up boxed lunches before departing for visits to the Earthship Biotecture site and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

At Earthship Biotecture we'll see some examples of this unique, sustainable building style.

Our bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Locally known as the "High Bridge," this cantilever truss bridge spans 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: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Taos Pueblo (if it's open; it can close unexpectedly for pueblo ceremonies and events.)

From there, we'll go to Taos Plaza for 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 up and and walk as a group to our dinner destination.

 Dinner: At a selected restaurant
 Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner
   
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Field Trip to Chimayó / Travel to Albuquerque / Field Trip to Petroglyph National Monument
(Friday, May 1)

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; it's a great example of the simple faith of 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 pepper (not to be confused with "chili," the stew.) 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, our bus continues on to Albuquerque. On arrival, we'll stop at Petroglyph National Monument, where 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: Optional video or evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Acoma Pueblo / Dinner and Closing Comments
(Saturday, May 2)

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 before lunch.
 Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go 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 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.

 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 10: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 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 www.santafe.org
  Taos, NM General Overview
While in Taos, you will have some time to explore the Plaza area and Bent Street area, where many galleries and shops are located.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


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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