Getting on/off a motorcoach and a school bus; driving 230 miles, approximately 4.5 hours over the course of the day. Hiking up to 3 miles; paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain with some elevation gains. Bring water bottle, sunscreen, hat, walking stick if needed.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach and begin our journey to Farmington, New Mexico. We’ll ride first to Nageezi, 135 miles northwest of Albuquerque. There, we’ll transfer from our motorcoach to a school bus for the 24-mile ride into Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On arrival at the Visitor Center, we’ll view exhibits and then set out on a school bus that will take us from site to site. As we walk at each site, we’ll examine some of the stacked-stone ruins with our Study Leader. Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of North America’s most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas. Chaco was a major center of Ancestral Puebloan culture from 850-1150 CE. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area. It is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings. Construction of the buildings, roads, ramps, dams, and mounds required a great deal of well-organized and skillful planning, designing, and resource gathering. The Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture that continues to amaze us a thousand years later.
We’ll have boxed lunches in the Park.
Our Chaco Canyon field trip will continue for most of the afternoon. We’ll then ride on to Farmington, New Mexico, and check in to the hotel for our overnight stay.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.