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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: 8 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,549.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 22; 8 Breakfasts, 7 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.


• 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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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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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.


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.
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 1 night
   The Sage Inn
  Santa Fe, NM 2 nights
   Sagebrush Inn & Suites
  Taos, NM 2 nights
   MCM Elegante
  Albuquerque, NM 3 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:
Check into hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Register with the Road Scholar group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM. You will be staying at MCM Elegante that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by noon. 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.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Albuquerque, NM
  Nearest highway: I-25 and I-40
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport
  From End of Program
  Location: Albuquerque, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




5 miles


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




To Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




5 miles


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




From Train Station




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


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




5 miles


Call the hotel upon your arrival at the Amtrak Station and they'll send a shuttle to pick you up. You may also take a taxi to the hotel if you wish. Taxi fares may be shared.




To Train Station




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


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel shuttle is free
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




5 miles


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

Driving Directions
  From Albuquerque International Airport The airport is located on the south end of Albuquerque. Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Take the entry ramp onto Interstate 25 and travel north to Exit 225 (Lomas). Continue driving north on the frontage road to Menaul Blvd. where you'll make a right turn. You'll see the MCM ELEGANTE on the right-hand side of Menaul, just past the first intersection (at University.)
  From Interstate 25 Interstate 25 runs north and south through the middle of Albuquerque, where it crosses Interstate 40. From the north, take Exit 227 (Comanche, Candelaria, Menaul). Drive south along the frontage road until you reach Menaul (the third major intersection). Turn left on Menaul. Just after the first major intersection, with University Blvd., you'll see THE MCM ELEGANTE on the right.

From the south, take Exit 225 (Lomas). Continue driving north along the frontage road until you reach Menaul. Turn right on Menaul and, just after the first major intersection (University), you'll see the hotel on the right.

  From Interstate 40 Interstate 40 runs east and west through the middle of Albuquerque. Near the center of town, it crosses Interstate 25. From the east, take Exit 159-D (University Blvd.) to the first light, which is Menaul. Turn right on Menaul and you'll see THE MCM ELEGANTE on the right, just past the intersection.

From the west, take Exit 159-A (University Blvd.). Continue east along the frontage road until you reach University; turn left on University. Take a right at the second light, on Menaul, and you'll see the hotel on the right, just past the intersection.

Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hotel Check-In / Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, September 27)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

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 p.m.
 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: Field Trips to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Pecos National Historical Park / Travel to Santa Fe / Presentation by Native American Musician
(Monday, September 28)

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

 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: After breakfast and hotel check-out, we'll begin our adventure of discovery with a lecture about the history of New Mexico.

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 and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Continue on to Pecos, NM.

 Lunch: Plated lunch at Frankie's at the Casanova Southwestern Grill in Pecos
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll visit Pecos National Historical Monument, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization.

The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the ruins would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitor 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: After dinner, we'll hear music of the southwest, performed 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, and our evening with him will be unique and memorable.

Accommodations: The Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: History of Santa Fe / Field Trip to State Capitol / Field Trip to Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture / Plaza Exploration / Free Time / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening
(Tuesday, September 29)

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: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hot and cold cereals, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, toast, juices, milk, coffee, tea.
 Morning: Following breakfast, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe, "The City Different." We'll then depart for visits to the State Capitol building, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

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: After lunch, we'll embark on a walking exploration of the Plaza area, followed by free time to explore the area on our own.

The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (your Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.

Those who choose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our motor coach will need to make their own arrangements for 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 sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife or rest and relax
Accommodations: The Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Bandelier National Monument / Martinez Hacienda
(Wednesday, September 30)

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

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: After checking out of hotel we'll 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. Our bus then departs for Pojoaque, New Mexico, where we'll have lunch.
 Lunch: Plated 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. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea.
 Evening: Optional video
Accommodations: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class about Taos / Field Trip to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge / Field Trip to Earthship Biotecture Site / Field Trip to Taos Pueblo / Free Time on Taos Plaza / Dinner at Selected Restaurant
(Thursday, October 1)

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, its often wild history, and colorful 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 utilizing some unusual building materials such as old tires, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. Some of the structures are fully self-sustaining, recyling their grey water and growing their own food.

Our coach 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 a guided walking excursion, followed by time at leisure 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 6: Field Trip to Chimayó/Travel to Albuquerque/Field Trip to Petroglyph National Monument
(Friday, October 2)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain. Standing up to 1 hour at museums (with opportunities to sit).

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

This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.

We'll also visit a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.

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

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles; most New Mexican dishes are served 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: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch. We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history along the way.

On arrival in Albuquerque, 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 continue on 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 7: Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo / Field Trip to Old Town
(Saturday, October 3)

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.

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. It is situated on top of a 376-foot-high sandstone mesa. We'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.

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

Return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

 Lunch: At the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: Return to Albuquerque
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure. We have an early start tomorrow morning, so you may want to get a good night's rest.
Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Field Trip to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta / Field Trip to Old Town
(Sunday, October 4)

Note: Standing at museum. Walking over paved and unpaved terrain at Balloon Fiesta Park.

 Breakfast: Pick up to-go snack breakfast at the hotel before departing; these can be eaten at leisure.

Those who wish more to eat may purchase something on their own from any of the number of food vendors at Balloon Fiesta Park, and coffee and doughnuts are available at the Hospitality Tent.

 Morning: Early morning departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's scheduled events include the Morning Glow and a Mass Ascension.

We'll return to the hotel for some time at leisure before departing for our lunch destination.

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll explore Old Town. Albuquerque's historic Old Town has been the focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.

We'll return to the hotel for dinner.
 Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel and program closing
 Evening: After dinner, we'll depart for Balloon Fiesta Park to see the Balloon Glow and AfterGlow Fireworks Show.

We'll return to the hotel at the conclusion of the Fireworks Show.

Accommodations: MCM Elegante
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Monday, October 5)
 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, wherer 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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