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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Program Number: 11009RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/24/2015 - 8/30/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/18/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/25/2015; 12/28/2015 - 1/3/2016; 2/15/2016 - 2/21/2016; 2/29/2016 - 3/6/2016; 3/21/2016 - 3/27/2016; 4/11/2016 - 4/17/2016; 4/25/2016 - 5/1/2016; 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; 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

8-24-2015, 10-10-2016

Comfortable hotel in the historic Railyard District with complementary shuttle service to downtown.
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Comfortable motel in the historic Railyard District with complimentary shuttle service to downtown. This program date goes to a special exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's work, "Georgia O'Keeffe in Process" at the New Mexico Museum of Art rather than the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
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Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza. This program date goes to a special exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's work, "Georgia O'Keeffe in Process" at the New Mexico Museum of Art rather than the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
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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. It also goes to a special exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's work, "Georgia O'Keeffe in Process" at the New Mexico Museum of Art rather than the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
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2-15-2016, 2-29-2016, 4-11-2016, 4-25-2016, 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

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

A resident of New Mexico for more than 40 years, Mark Utgaard enjoys sharing his love for the state’s culture and history with others. He is a former journalist and editor, and for 20 years, owned an importing business that offered traditional and contemporary handcrafts from Colombia for wholesale in North America, Asia and the Caribbean. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mark traveled to Europe several times as a member of youth orchestras, and later worked as a travel manager for other youth choirs and orchestras journeying to Europe. He has been a Road Scholar group leader and instructor for six years. In his free time, Mark likes to make furniture from old wood and he is learning to play the button accordion.
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.
Elena Junes

Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study guide and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, and provides a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
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.
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:
Hotel check-in is available after 3:00 PM on Day 1. The program commences with registration with program staff from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes with breakfast on Day 7. Hotel checkout by is by 12:00 Noon. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Surface lot 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 to the SAGE INN 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.
  US 84/285 from the north to the SAGE INN (Santa Fe) Coming from the north on US 84/285, as you come into Santa Fe; the highway turns into St. Francis Drive.At the "fork in the road," bear left onto North Guadalupe Street. Follow North Guadalupe Street for 1.5 miles. Santa Fe Sage Inn is at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road at 725 Cerrillos Road. Cross Cerrillos and turn immediately to your right into the Sage Inn parking lot.
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, August 24)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available after 4:00 PM.

Program Registration: Between 4:00 and 5:30 PM, come 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: We'll walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner at 6:00.

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

 Evening: Orientation in our hotel meeting room: 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: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lectures on New Mexico and Santa Fe History / Walking Field Trip to Santa Fe Plaza / Free Time / Native American Music Presentation
(Tuesday, August 25)

Note: Walking up to a mile on uneven paved terrain with some inclines; standing at museums

 Breakfast: "Fresh Start" breakfast buffet serving waffles, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, hot & cold cereals, juice and coffee
 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 board our motorcoach and travel 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.

 Lunch: Plated meal at Blue Corn Café. Our selected menu includes some traditional New Mexican dishes, as well as non-New Mexican options.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll 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.

We'll have some free time for independent explorations in the Plaza area, then meet and walk as a group to our nearby dinner destination.

 Dinner: Plated meal from a selected menu at the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, a local favorite overlooking the Plaza
 Evening: After returning to the hotel we'll enjoy a 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: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures about Georgia O'Keeffe and Southwestern Literature / Field Trip to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, August 26)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing up to an hour at museum

 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 travel 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: New Mexican buffet luncheon at La Fonda hotel's Fiesta Lounge
 Afternoon: We return to the hotel where we'll enjoy an expert-led presentation about the literature of the Southwest. The instructor is one of our most popular, and 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: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Field Trips to Chimayó, Pojoaque and Santa Clara Pueblo / Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó
(Thursday, August 27)

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

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: We'll board our motorcoach and depart for the village of Chimayó. While in Chimayó, we'll visit a weaving gallery, Centinela Traditional Arts. Chimayó is home to several families who have been creating Hispanic weavings for generations, and we'll have a chance to see some beautiful works designed and woven by an award-winning artist.

We'll also visit a beautiful little Roman Catholic church, El Santuario de Chimayó. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage." A small side room houses el pocito (the little well), which is the source of the "blessed earth" (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. An adjacent Prayer Room displays many ex-votos as well as photographs, discarded crutches, and other testimonials of those purportedly healed.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum plant; most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?" If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!")

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

 Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel 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: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full-Day Trip to Taos
(Friday, August 28)

Note: Walking up to several blocks over varied terrain; standing at site visits

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

Formed 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 near the Plaza; the group leader can offer suggestions and directions.
 Afternoon: We'll have some free time after lunch, then board our motorcoach and travel to Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it can close with little to no advance notice for Pueblo ceremonies and events.) 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, stopping briefly at San Francisco de Asís mission church en route. 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. We'll stop for brief photo op (exterior only), then continue on to Santa Fe.
 Dinner: At a selected restaurant on the way back to Santa Fe
 Evening: Free evening to relax or socialize with fellow participants
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
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, August 29)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; 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.

 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: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, August 30)
 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

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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