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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/15/2015; 3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/12/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/24/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/14/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/27/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/24/2015 - 8/30/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/13/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/4/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/25/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/8/2015; 12/28/2015 - 1/3/2016;
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: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 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

2-23-2015, 3-9-2015, 3-23-2015

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual winter "quiet time." If so, this program will visit San Ildefonso Pueblo instead. Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
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4-6-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-11-2015, 5-18-2015, 6-8-2015, 7-27-2015, 9-7-2015, 9-28-2015, 10-19-2015, 11-2-2015

Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
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7-13-2015, 8-24-2015, 10-12-2015

Comfortable hotel in the historic Railyard District with complementary shuttle service to downtown.
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This program date will attend a special New Year's Eve concert presented by Performance Santa Fe and a Pueblo feast-day dance. Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.
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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.

Full-service hotel near downtown Santa Fe or comfortable hotel 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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Santa Fe Sage Inn
  Santa Fe, NM 6 nights
 Santa Fe Sage Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is centrally located across from the Santa Fe Railyard Park and within walking distance of the vibrant Guadalupe Street historic district, home to a number of restaurants, galleries, and shops.
  Contact info: 725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
  Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor
  Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, recently redecorated guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk area, 24-hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal rates offered Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal rates offered Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel any time after 4:00 PM. Register from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM with our Road Scholar group leader in designated area at the hotel. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn 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 throughout the program.
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


Travel Time:


5 to 10 minutes 


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




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:


70 minutes 




Approximately 65 miles


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

Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport and I-25 All Directions Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 272, St. Francis Drive, (approximately 65 miles). Travel about 3 miles on St. Francis Drive to the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road. Turn right on Cerrillos Road. THE SAGE INN is at the corner of Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street on your right, just before the stoplight at that intersection.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here.

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: Arrive in Santa Fe/Hotel Check-In/Introductions and Orientation
(Monday, July 13)
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM. Registration with group leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PM
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Santa Fe Field Trip/New Mexico Museum of Art/Native American Music Presentation
(Tuesday, July 14)

Note: Walking up to several blocks; some standing at museums and other site visits

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Classes this morning will be about the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe. We'll then depart for a walking exploration of the Santa Fe Plaza area.
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art, followed by some leisure time at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Special presentation by a Native American musician
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes on Literature of the Southwest and Georgia O'Keeffe/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Afternoon and Evening at Leisure
(Wednesday, July 15)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll start off with a class about the literature of the Southwest. Our instructor will introduce us to many writers with whom we should become familiar.

We'll then hear about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe, who devoted much of her work to depicting this area.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Café on Water Street
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While the O'Keeffe Museum is not large, it is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations.

 Dinner: Dinner is on our own tonight. the group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or relax at the hotel
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Native American Art/State Capitol Art Collection/Village of Chimayó/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Santa Clara Pueblo
(Thursday, July 16)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll learn about Native American art.

After class, we'll depart for a field trip to the state capitol building, where we'll see its art collection.

We'll then go to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, and continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó, which remains much as it has for centuries.

 Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó; housed in an old hacienda, the restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to El Santuario de Chimayó. Because many believe that the "holy dirt" inside the church possesses healing powers, it has been referred to as "The Lourdes of New Mexico," and numbers of the faithful make a pilgrimage to the Santuario on foot every Easter. We'll then visit a local weaving gallery. Many families in the area continue the tradition of Hispanic weaving, which is very different from that of Native Americans.

After departing from Chimayó, we'll travel to Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit to the home and pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock. Santa Clara is known for its blackware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft.

Our bus then departs for Santa Fe.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Optional video
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full-Day Trip to Taos
(Friday, July 17)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Our bus departs for Taos after breakfast. While in Taos, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if it is open), the Harwood Museum of Art, the Ernest Blumenschein Home, and San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. We'll also have a little free time to explore the historic Taos Plaza area.
 Lunch: Lunch on our own
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Taos sites, then return to Santa Fe.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: New Mexico Architecture/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/Canyon Road
(Saturday, July 18)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; some standing at site visits

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll hear about the architecture of northern New Mexico. We'll then go to Museum Hill and visit 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: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 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 time to explore some of them this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Program closing
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, July 19)
 Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

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
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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