Driving approximately 250 miles to the Hopi Reservation; about 4.5 hours total, with stops along the way. Walking less than 1 mile total; approximately 1.5 hours at Heard Museum.
At the hotel, the hearty breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs to order, breakfast meats, cereals, muffins, whole grain breads, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Once checked out, we’ll load our luggage and set out for the Heard Museum in Phoenix where a docent will lead our exploration. Dwight B. Heard was one of Arizona’s leading ranchers as well as a newspaper publisher. He and his wife Maie Bartlett Heard were enthusiastic collectors of Native American arts, crafts, and prehistoric Indian artifacts. Their collection grew to such an extent that in 1929 they founded a museum to hold it. The Heard Museum today is dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, and is internationally recognized for the quality of its collections, educational programs, festivals, and partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities. There are more than 40,000 objects ranging from Hopi Katsina dolls to Zuni jewelry, textiles including Navajo weaving, ancient and modern Southwestern ceramics, beadwork and quillwork, baskets, and works of fine art from the 20th century to the present.
We’ll have a sack lunch en route to the Hopi mesas.
Leaving Phoenix, we’ll ascend from the Basin and Range region towards the San Francisco Peaks and the Colorado Plateau where we’ll enter the Navajo Reservation just outside Flagstaff. Enjoying the unparalleled views of these sweeping Arizona landscapes as we listen to commentary given by our Group Leader, we’ll ride until we reach the mesas of the Hopi Reservation.
At the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant, we’ll order plated meals from the menu featuring regional American favorites and Hopi dishes. A non-alcoholic beverage is included; alcohol is prohibited on the Hopi Reservation.
Gathering after dinner, we’ll enjoy a presentation on Hopi culture given by a member of the Hopi Tribe. Topics may range from the Hopi's creation story and how they came to reside on their present day lands, to the Hopi ceremonial cycle, to land issues, as well as art and culture presentations.