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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015; 2/15/2016 - 2/21/2016; 2/29/2016 - 3/6/2016; 3/21/2016 - 3/27/2016; 4/11/2016 - 4/17/2016; 5/9/2016 - 5/15/2016; 5/16/2016 - 5/22/2016; 6/6/2016 - 6/12/2016; 7/11/2016 - 7/17/2016; 7/25/2016 - 7/31/2016; 8/22/2016 - 8/28/2016; 9/12/2016 - 9/18/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/2/2016; 10/10/2016 - 10/16/2016; 10/17/2016 - 10/23/2016; 10/24/2016 - 10/30/2016; 11/7/2016 - 11/13/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Less than 70 miles from one another, Santa Fe and Taos are the jewel cities of northern New Mexico, seemingly enchanted places set amidst the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Adobe pueblos built by ancestral peoples still stand, elegant Spanish colonial plazas serve as meeting places as they have for four centuries and beautiful museums display the work of artist-pilgrims who gathered here to find inspiration in the land. Examine Santa Fe and Taos through the eyes of those who have called them home and discover not only what they share, but also what sets each apart.


• Trace the history of governance in Santa Fe and visit the modern New Mexico State Capitol building.
• Be moved by the ancient Native traditions and cultures preserved in Taos Pueblo and gain insight into the art of making Native American pottery with a traditional potter in Santa Clara Pueblo.
• Explore beautiful, world-renowned Canyon Road and see stunning examples of both contemporary and traditional art along the way.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, standing up to one hour. Elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Date Specific Information

4-27-2015, 2-15-2016, 2-29-2016, 4-11-2016, 5-9-2016, 5-16-2016, 7-11-2016, 9-12-2016, 11-7-2016

Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
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3-21-2016, 6-6-2016, 8-22-2016, 10-17-2016

This program is being run as a small group with a maximum capacity of 24. Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
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7-25-2016, 9-26-2016, 10-10-2016

Comfortable motel in the historic Railyard District with complimentary shuttle service to downtown.
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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.

Full-service hotel near downtown Santa Fe or comfortable motel in the historic Railyard District. See Date Specific Information for details.

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.
Sharon Franco

Sharon Franco holds a master’s in English literature from the University of Illinois, as well as a literary translator's diploma from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She teaches literature and writing at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Preparatory School, public speaking at Santa Fe Community College, and Spanish language and literature privately. She has translated books of fiction to and from Spanish. In Mexico, she was a translator of films, fiction and scholarly publications.
Jerry Rightman

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
Kay Barber

Kay Barber studied government and history at the University of Texas , and worked at the state capitol while in school there. She has always has a passion for learning more about the places where she lives, and has been an educational exploration leader since switching careers from the airline industry. Upon arriving in Santa Fe in 1989, she set out to learn as much about New Mexico and its history, and she has been a Road Scholar group leader since 2012.
Marsha Drennon

Marsha Drennon worked as an administrator and educator in higher education for nearly 40 years, with both public and private colleges and universities. She has served as president, vice president, headmistress and several other leadership positions at numerous New Mexico institutions, and is excited to share her deep and unique knowledge of the area with Road Scholar participants in the future.
Lisa Wilder

Lisa Wilder is a former environmental field program leader at Antioch College and the University of California, as well as a wilderness skills instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. In 2001, she moved to Guatemala to learn Spanish and began a fair trade beadwork business working with Mayan artisans. She currently lives in remote New Mexico, where she homesteads.
Darla Swanson

Darla Swanson worked 32 years in the Chicago Public Schools as a high school English teacher, school psychologist and administrator. In 2006, she retired and moved to Santa Fe, where she volunteers with the Santa Fe Public Schools and at a local non-profit homeless shelter in town.
Louie Hena

Louie Hena has been an activist in the field of revitalizing traditional Pueblo agriculture and protecting indigenous food and seed sovereignty. A member of the Tesuque and Zuni Pueblos in New Mexico, he is a renowned permaculture design consultant, Rio Grande and Rio Chama river guide, and an educator on traditional land management systems. He helped organize the Traditional Native American Farmer Association, the New Mexico Acequia Association and the Indigenous Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance.
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.
Laura Gerwin

A self-taught photographer, artist, writer and travel enthusiast, Laura Gerwin divides her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Her photography is inspired by color, nature and happiness, and her love for travel has taken her to every continent and given her the opportunity to capture a stunning range of life on Earth. She contributes to the United States Antarctic Program Photo Library and Global Gypsy Travel Media.
Heidi McKinnon

Heidi McKinnon has lived in New Mexico since 1992. Her career focuses on historical memory, human rights and indigenous communities in the America, with over 15 years of experience at organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and Curators without Borders. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico, and is the founder of a nonprofit that works to design exhibitions and educational programming for international development projects.
Meals and Lodgings
   Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
  Santa Fe, NM 6 nights
 Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi and just steps away from Santa Fe's historic Plaza. In the 1910s, a portion of the property was a dormitory for the Sisters of Charity. The primary façade is from the 1950's St. Vincent's Hospital, designed by John Gaw Meem, and is an excellent example of late Territorial Revival style. The hospital remained in the building until 1977; after that, the structure housed offices, as well as being used for movie sets. The new 182-room hotel features all of the renowned amenities of Drury Hotels, as well as modern, spacious, light-filled rooms. The rooftop pool area provides breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and downtown Santa Fe. The fully renovated buildings are steeped in history, and surrounded by a pedestrian oasis - all in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  Contact info: 828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-424-2175
  Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, and numerous easy-to-access electrical outlets in every room, mountain or garden views, flat-panel televisions in every room
  Facility amenities: The hotel features mountain and garden views, room service, concierge services, free WiFi, a laundry, free local calls, luggage storage, a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool (available 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily), a health/fitness club, on-site restaurant (opening Spring 2015), security staff, 24-hour business center, a beautiful rooftop bar, lush green spaces around the property, valet parking in covered lot ($12 daily fee). Popcorn and sodas are available between 3:00 and 10:00 PM daily; complimentary hot snacks and beverages are available daily between 5:30 and 7:00 PM during the "Kickback" reception; rotating menu items include hot dogs, buffalo wings, popcorn, and much more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal price offered Please call Charmaine Sandoval at 844-323-0798 to arrange for additional nights. We suggest you call well in advance of your program date. Please mention that you'll be attending a Road Scholar program, and include your program's start and end dates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal price offered Please call Charmaine Sandoval at 844-323-0798 to arrange for additional nights. We suggest you call well in advance of your program date. Please mention that you'll be attending a Road Scholar program, and include your program's start and end dates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in: Available after 3:00 PM. Program commences with registration with program's Group Leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM on Day 1. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes with breakfast on Day 7. Hotel checkout: 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking at the hotel; $12 daily fee
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 (very small; commuter service from Denver only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Santa Fe


From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 70 minutes 




65 miles


Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport (not the Santa Fe airport) and Santa Fe. Reservations can be made by phone or online at Shuttle reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.


Santa Fe


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner Shuttle
phone: 505-424-3367
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Varies depending upon hotel location
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 - 30 minutes 




3 - 10 miles


Santa Fe has a small regional airport with limited commuter flights in and out daily. If you choose to fly into the Santa Fe Airport, you will need to get a taxi or Road Runner Shuttle to take you to your hotel. Reservations for the Road Runner Shuttle can be made online at or by calling 505-424-3367.

Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe, NM to DRURY PLAZA HOTEL Take I-25 north for about 65 miles to Exit 282, St. Francis Drive North. Stay on St. Francis Drive for three miles until you reach West Alameda. Turn right on West Alameda, heading east. Turn left on Paseo de Peralta. The entrance to THE DRURY PLAZA HOTEL will be on your left.
  From Highway 285 to Santa Fe, NM and DRURY PLAZA HOTEL Continue on Highway 84/285 until it becomes St. Francis Drive (you will be traveling south). Turn left on West Alameda, heading east. Turn left on Paseo de Peralta. The entrance to the DRURY PLAZA HOTEL will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000 feet 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: Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation and Introductions
(Monday, April 27)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available after 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: Between 4:00 and 5:30, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

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

Every afternoon between 5:30 and 7:00 PM, the hotel offers its coplimentary "Kickback" reception, serving beverages and a changing menu that includes popcorn, chicken strips, hot wings, baked potatoes and more.

 Dinner: In our hotel meeting room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Although we will do our best to accommodate vegetarian, low-salt, low-fat, and gluten-free diets, we cannot guarantee that all will be available at every meal.

 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, and roles and responsibilities.

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: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lectures on New Mexico and Santa Fe History / Walking Field Trip to Santa Fe Plaza and State Capitol / Native American Music Presentation
(Tuesday, April 28)

Note: Walking up to a mile on paved uneven terrain with inclines

 Breakfast: Hotel's "Quickstart" buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy. Plus fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea and more.
 Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of the area that is now New Mexico, from its earliest Native American inhabitants to the Spanish Conquistadors and Anglo settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe, "The City Different."

We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.

 Lunch: New Mexican buffet luncheon at La Fonda hotel's Fiesta Lounge
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll walk to the state capitol building (known as "The Roundhouse," it is the only round capitol building in the United States). The capitol building houses an extensive collection featuring the work of New Mexican artists and sculptors.

There will be some free time for independent explorations after departing from The Roundhouse.
 Dinner: We'll meet our Group Leader in the hotel lobby and walk to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, a local favorite overlooking the Plaza, where we'll enjoy a plated meal from a selected menu.
 Evening: Presentation by Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, as well as a composer in his own right.
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures on Georgia O'Keeffe and Southwestern Literature / Field Trip to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Free Evening
(Wednesday, April 29)

Note: Walking several blocks over paved terrain; standing up to an hour at museum (with opportunities to sit)

 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel
 Morning: We'll start the morning with a lecture about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, Ms. O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscape, flowers, and other regional subjects.

After a short break, we'll then walk 3 blocks to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The O'Keeffe Museum, while not large, is a "must see" destination for many Santa Fe visitors, featuring Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings as well as works by other artists in changing exhibits.
 Lunch: Plated meal at Blue Corn Café. Our selected menu includes some traditional New Mexican dishes, as well as non-New Mexican options.
 Afternoon: We return to the hotel where we'll enjoy a discussion about the literature of the Southwest. Our expert instructor will introduce us to works by some of the many talented Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo authors who have written about and been influenced by the region.
 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: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Field Trips to Chimayó, Pojoaque and Santa Clara Pueblo / Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó
(Thursday, April 30)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to several blocks over varied terrain with inclines; standing for up to an hour at museum, Santuario, and pottery studio.

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: We'll board our motorcoach in front of the hotel and depart for the village of Chimayó where we'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is an interesting example of the enduring faith of many residents of the small Hispanic villages in the area.

We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic textiles created by an award-winning weaver. Incorporating different patterns and techniques from those of Native Americans, weavings like these have been produced by generations of local families.

 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 traditional 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: We'll depart for a field trip to Pojoaque, NM, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum to expand our knowledge of the Pueblo people's art, history, and culture

We'll then go to Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit to the pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock.

One of the most welcoming pueblos of northern New Mexico, Santa Clara is known for its blackware and redware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft. He and his wife, Rosalda, will talk about how he makes his pottery and about the families who are best known for their pottery.

 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Optional video or free evening
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full-Day Trip to Taos
(Friday, May 1)

Note: Walking up to a mile over varied terrain; standing up to an hour at site visits

 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Our motorcoach departs for Taos after breakfast. On arrival in Taos, our first stop will be at the Harwood Museum of Art.

Founded in 1923 by Lucy Harwood and several members of the Taos Society of Artists, the Harwood Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in New Mexico. The museum has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico since 1935, and it now boasts the internationally acclaimed Agnes Martin Gallery, galleries exhibiting highlights from the museum's collection of work by the Taos Society of Artists, Taos Moderns, Hispanic Traditions, and contemporary artists working in Taos, and changing exhibitions fulfilling the Harwood's vision to "Bring Taos Arts to the World and World Arts to Taos."

We'll then go to the E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum. The home of the artist Ernest Blumenschein, this museum is maintained much as it was when he and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants in the vicinity of the Plaza; the Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll have some free time to explore the Plaza and Bent Street area, then board our motorcoach and travel 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.

We depart for Santa Fe following the Pueblo visit, with a brief stop for a photo opportunity (exterior only) at San Francisco de Asís mission church. Located in the historic district of Ranchos de Taos, this Spanish Colonial adobe building is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico.

 Dinner: At a selected restaurant on the way back to Santa Fe
 Evening: Free evening to relax or socialize with fellow participants
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture about Southwestern Art / Field Trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art / Field Trip to Canyon Road / Program Closing
(Saturday, May 2)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain with inclines; standing at museums

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: The morning begins with a lecture about Southwestern art.

We'll then board our coach and go to Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the State of New Mexico museums, and features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from all over the United States. Most of the work is from the Southwest.

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 Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, a local favorite offering New Mexican and traditional American fare, we'll order from a selected menu. (Non-alcoholic beverages are included, but Maria's famous Margaritas are not; these and other "adult beverages" may be purchased on your own at the bar.)
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have free time for independent explorations this afternoon.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, May 3)
 Breakfast: At the hotel between 7:00 and 8:30 AM. This meal 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
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 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 Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition

Author: Chris Wilson

Description: By exploring Santa Fe's architectural style, public ceremonies, historic preservation movement and cultural traditions, Eilson unravels the complex interactions of ethnic identity and tourist image making.

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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