New Mexico/Colorado/Arizona

On the Road: Four Corners Canyon Country

Learn the pre-Columbian story of America in the Four Corners region as you join experts to explore ancient architecture, visit national parks and learn about the people that live here.
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Program No. 13157RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the fabled Four Corners — the rich archaeological treasures of Mesa Verde and the enduring Navajo culture in Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. Discover Santa Fe’s multi-cultural history. Travel to Mesa Verde with an in-depth exploration of this vast landscape of canyons and mesas. See why the Ancestral Puebloans chose Mesa Verde as their home over a millennium ago. Then explore Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation with cultural presentations and 4x4 field trips into these iconic landscapes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one mile over varied terrain and some steep ascents/descents. Elevations up to 8,000 feet. Ability to get in and out of four wheel vehicles during canyon excursions. Cliff Palace ascent requires climbing five 8-10 ft. ladders.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take expert-led explorations of ruin sites on Chapin Mesa and a ranger guided Cliff Palace Hike in Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Travel Canyon de Chelly's South Rim to sacred Spider Rock; view rock art and traditional hogans nestled beneath 800-foot streaked cliffs.
  • Explore the heart of Santa Fe on foot and enjoy a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
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Matt Turner
Since he decided to attend high school in Southwest Colorado, Matt Turner has been in love with the natural wonders of the Four Corners region prompting him to obtain a degree in Natural History from Prescott College. In addition to working as a field biologist and ecological consultant, he is an avid photographer, leads trips throughout the Southwest, across rivers and in the backcountry. As a naturalist, he hopes to impart a unique perspective of the region's natural environment in all of its visitors.

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

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Matt Turner
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