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New Mexico

The Best of New Mexico: Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

Program No. 11005RJ
Learn the history and culture of Northern New Mexico as you explore Native American sites, visit historic monuments and communities and experience the art colonies of Santa Fe & Taos.

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2024
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

May 4 - May 11, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Jul 20 - Jul 27, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Sep 7 - Sep 14, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Sep 14 - Sep 21, 2024
Starting at
2,199
Sep 21 - Sep 28, 2024
Starting at
2,199
Oct 12 - Oct 19, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Oct 19 - Oct 26, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2025
Starting at
2,149
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Apr 7 - Apr 14, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Apr 21 - Apr 28, 2025
Starting at
2,199
May 5 - May 12, 2025
Starting at
2,199
May 19 - May 26, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Jul 7 - Jul 14, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2025
Starting at
2,249
Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2025
Starting at
2,249
Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2025
Starting at
2,399
Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2025
Starting at
2,399
Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2025
Starting at
2,399
Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2025
Starting at
2,199
Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2025
Starting at
2,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Filling Fast!
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
2,759
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2024
Starting at
2,399
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

May 4 - May 11, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Filling Fast!
Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Jul 20 - Jul 27, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Sep 7 - Sep 14, 2024
Starting at
2,759
Sep 14 - Sep 21, 2024
Starting at
2,839
Sep 21 - Sep 28, 2024
Starting at
2,839
Oct 12 - Oct 19, 2024
Starting at
2,759
Filling Fast!
Oct 19 - Oct 26, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2024
Starting at
2,499
Filling Fast!
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2025
Starting at
2,679
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Filling Fast!
Apr 7 - Apr 14, 2025
Starting at
2,769
Itinerary Note

Taos Pueblo may be closed for its annual “quiet time;” if so, another Pueblo will be visited instead.

Filling Fast!
Apr 21 - Apr 28, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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May 5 - May 12, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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May 19 - May 26, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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Jul 7 - Jul 14, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2025
Starting at
2,849
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Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2025
Starting at
2,849
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Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2025
Starting at
3,099
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Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2025
Starting at
3,099
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Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2025
Starting at
3,099
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Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2025
Starting at
2,769
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Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2025
Starting at
2,769

At a Glance

Explore the best that 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.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to four miles daily over varied terrain. Standing for up to two hours at a time. Getting on/off motorcoach multiple times a day. Elevations up to 7,500 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the renowned museums and art galleries that make Northern New Mexico a mecca for both artists and collectors.
  • Visit Los Alamos and learn about the history of the Manhattan Project.
  • Explore Bandelier National Monument and enjoy a traditional meal hosted by a Pueblo family.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Louie Hena View biography
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.
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Cisco Guevara View biography
Cisco Guevara honed his storytelling craft around campfires deep in the river canyons of northern New Mexico. A river runner since his teenage days in Los Alamos, “the Atomic City,” he has become a New Mexico legend: instantly recognizable by his black hat. Cisco’s stories range from his rebellious youth, to tales that draw on his Hispanic and Native American heritage, to hair-raising adventures in the wilderness, to haunting tales of love and loss.
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Kris Herbst View biography
Kris Herbst is a storyteller and interpretive leader who enjoys exploring and studying the Southwest's cultures and natural history from his home in Santa Fe. He has edited a guide to the Abiquiu region’s geology and has led groups to archaeological sites on a cattle and guest ranch near Salida, Colorado. An experienced journalist, Kris serves as chief editor for Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Kris received his Master's degree in city and regional planning from Harvard.
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Don Bustos View biography
Don Bustos farms on land his family has owned for more than three centuries. In the 1970s, he began converting his farm to year-round organic production with more than 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables. Don has passed generations of farming knowledge to hundreds of the state’s farmers. He aims to empower and educate others and show them how to be self-reliant. In 2015 he was the recipient of a James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, recognizing those “who influence how, why and what we eat.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
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.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
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.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
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.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
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.
A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the the Twentieth Century
by Flannery Burke
Discusses how Indigenous, Hispanic and non-white people have established their place in the land that is rightfully theirs.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditional stories from all over North America.
New Mexico's Stolen Lands: A History of Racism, Fraud and Deceit
by Ray John De Aragon
This book begins with the end of the Mexican-American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteeing land to Spanish, Mexican and Native people. It details how organized crime rings lead to decades of poverty for these people. Then the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid in 1967 brought this struggle over land to the national spotlight.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
by Mabel Dodge Luhan
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.
An Indigenous People's History of the United States
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
From the perspective of Indigenous People, this book demonstrates how policy against Native people was designed to displace and eliminate them and how they fought back, resisting the expansion of the West.
Roots of Resistance: A Land of Tenure in New Mexico
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Details the history of land ownership from 1680 to present and how Indigenous and Mexican communities preserved their way of life despite losing their land to Capitalism.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
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.
The Great Taos Bank Robbery
by Tony Hillerman
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 Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One
by Traugott, Joseph
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 Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
by Dave DeWitt
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.
Talking With the Clay, The Art of Pueblo Pottery
by Stephen Trimble, Tom Ireland (Photographer)
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.





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