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New Mexico

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

Program No. 11005RSBLOG
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.
Length
8 days
Rating (4.96)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,849

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 8 - Apr 15, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

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

Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

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

May 6 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
1,849
May 20 - May 27, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Sep 9 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Sep 16 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Sep 23 - Sep 30, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2023
Starting at
2,049
Oct 21 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
1,849
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 8 - Apr 15, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

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

Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

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

May 6 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
2,249
May 20 - May 27, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2023
Starting at
2,329
Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Sep 9 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Sep 16 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Sep 23 - Sep 30, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2023
Starting at
2,579
Oct 21 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
2,329
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
2,249

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 three 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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Vannetta Perry View biography
Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
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Scott Aarestad View biography
Since moving to New Mexico as a child, Scott Aarestad has developed a deep love for New Mexican culture, history, cuisine and landscapes. After living and working abroad with his wife for several years, he earned his bachelor's in international management and entrepreneurship from the University of New Mexico in 2015. He enjoys learning about history, spending time outside hiking and camping, volunteering with animals and playing board games with friends. Scott is thrilled to share the enchantment of the state with Road Scholars.
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Colleen Patrick View biography
A native of Colorado and a relative newcomer to New Mexico, Colleen Patrick has spent a lifetime visiting and learning about Pueblo culture, pottery and the movement of Native Americans and Spaniards throughout New Mexico. Colleen has been in the travel business since 2006, but has been a traveler since her childhood. She learned to appreciate new cultures and new places as a child and has loved sharing new places and cultures with guests for many years.
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Deana Calhoun View biography
Deana Calhoun has lived in Las Cruces for more than 50 years and has traveled every corner of New Mexico and beyond. She is knowledgeable and experienced in agriculture, art, education, hospitality, and tourism. Deana shares her love of learning and experiencing new places with others as a Road Scholar Group Leader.
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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.”
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Sherry Moon View biography
Sherry Moon is a certified interpreter for the profession of heritage interpretation and an experienced group leader. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and has taught communication and art. For nearly 20 years, she has been a group leader specializing in the Southwest and Alaska/Yukon. As president of the Rocky Mountain Guides Association, she is regarded as a local expert. Her interests include the arts, history, heritage, geology, reading, outdoor activities, and socializing with friends.
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Sheryl Russell View biography
Sheryl Russell was born to a farming family in Kansas. At the University of Kansas, she studied education in theatre and English literature, followed by decades of work in retail and communications systems in Dallas, New York City, and the California Bay area. Sheryl felt that she had “come home" when she moved to Santa Fe. Here she found a cultural diversity, architectural style, and historic richness that supported the next 30 years of leading explorations and study of native Southwest cultures and their history.
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.
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.
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.
Moon Handbook Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque
by Zora O'Neill
A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide in the popular series, with good background information about history, culture and popular attractions.
Pueblo Indians of North America
by Edward P. Dozier
A rare glimpse into the life and culture of Eastern and Western Pueblos.
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.
Runner in the Sun
by D'Arcy McNickle
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.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
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.
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.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
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.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditional stories from all over North America.
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.
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.
If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir
by John Treadwell Nichols, William Davis (Photographer)
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.
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.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.
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.
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.





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