Getting on/off motorcoach; driving up to 40 miles total, approximately 1.5 hours. Walk up to 1 mile over varied terrain.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, French toast, oatmeal and cold cereals, bananas and raisins, yogurt, red and green chile, milk, freshly brewed coffee, hot teas, fruit juice, water, and a toast bar.
We'll depart for the Rio Grande Gorge, which we'll cross via the "High Bridge." The bridge spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above the river, affording breathtaking views, and has served as a location for a number of motion pictures, including "Wild Hogs" and "Terminator Salvation." After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community. Earthship Biotecture is a sustainable building style with a minimal carbon footprint that uses recycled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and sometimes funky — shapes and sizes. Our next stop is the Millicent Rogers Museum. Established in 1956, the museum's holdings include more than 7,000 objects documenting the arts and cultures of the Southwest, including the largest publicly held collection of material by famed San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez in the world. Other significant collections include Hispanic Santos, Apache baskets, Plains beadwork, katsinas, Peyote-cult materials, Navajo chief’s blankets, and Rio Grande Valley Hispanic weavings. Following our museum visit, we will depart for the Taos Plaza for some free time.
This meal has been excluded from the program price so that you can dine at a restaurant of your choice. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions.
Free time for independent explorations of the Taos Plaza area on your own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in the area. Museums within walking distance of the Plaza include the E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum, the Harwood Museum, home to the Agnes Martin Gallery, the Kit Carson Home & Museum and the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House. The Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions. We’ll rendezvous with the motorcoach at a designated time and location for return to the hotel.
We’ll enjoy a plated meal at a popular restaurant featuring local cuisine includes a main course plus coffee, tea, water.
We will return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.