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Get an insider’s perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures.
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Program No. 11009RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,449
New Mexico

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Get an insider’s perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,449
Program No. 11009 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Oct 11 - Oct 17, 2021
Starting at
1,849
Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2021
Starting at
1,849
Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,699
Feb 7 - Feb 13, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

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

Mar 7 - Mar 13, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

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

Apr 25 - May 1, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,549
May 23 - May 29, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,549
Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,799
Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,999
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,799
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,849
Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,699
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Oct 11 - Oct 17, 2021
Starting at
2,429
Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2021
Starting at
2,429
Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,029
Feb 7 - Feb 13, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Mar 7 - Mar 13, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

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

Apr 25 - May 1, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,849
May 23 - May 29, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,849
Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,179
Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,379
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,179
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,279
Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,999

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two 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…

  • Learn about artist Georgia O'Keeffe and visit the O'Keeffe museum.
  • Be moved by the ancient Native traditions and cultures preserved in a local pueblo and gain insight into the enduring nature of the Pueblo people.
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration by a local James Beard Award-winning author and chef, visit historic Santuario de Chimayó and an award-winning weaver.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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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.

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

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Jerry Rightman View biography
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.
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Lois Ellen Frank View biography
Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, is a Santa Fe-based chef focused on Native American foods. She is also a Native American food historian, culinary anthropologist, photographer and James Beard Award-winning author. She is a featured instructor of the Southwest Indian Nations at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and is chef and owner — along with Native Chef Walter Whitewater of the Diné Nation — of Red Mesa Cuisine.
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Omar Villanueva View biography
Omar Villanueva holds a master's degree in classical guitar performance from the University of New Mexico. He is a multifaceted guitarist who performs classical, Spanish and popular music. His repertoire includes renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and Latin music arrangements for solo guitar. He is also an accomplished and awarded singer of music from Latin America and New Mexico. He has been performing in New Mexico and surrounding states since 2004.
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.
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.
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 Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
by Chris Wilson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal 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.
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.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.





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