New Mexico

Cultural Crossroads: Chaco Canyon & the Pueblos of Acoma & Zuni

Discover traditions of pre-Columbian America in the heart of the Southwest, where you’ll learn from members of the Pueblo tribes as they share the story of their ancient culture.
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Program No. 4058RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Embedded with 2,000 years of ancient traditions, the canyons and valleys of New Mexico have a strong-rooted history unlike anywhere else in the U.S. Learn about the local Pueblo culture from modern tribe members as you explore their ceremonial centers and study their way of life. Through fascinating field trips to mesas, petroglyphs and more, you’ll explore landscapes untouched for millennia while discovering the important impact of the people who call them home.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Uneven stone stairs in ruins. Travel to Chaco Canyon on dirt roads. Elevations up to 6,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the ceremonial hub of the Ancestral Puebloan world on expert-led explorations of Pueblo Bonito — the largest building in North America for 800 years — Chetro Ketl and numerous 1,000-year-old petroglyphs.
  • Hear the echoes of the past on a field trip to the Zuni reservation accompanied by a Zuni representative.
  • Discover a culture continuously inhabited since A.D. 1150, atop a 367-foot mesa at Acoma Pueblo.
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Jerry Snow
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jerry Snow taught college classes for 25 years in the areas of biology, ecology and environmental health. He moved to Flagstaff, Arizona over 20 years ago and worked part-time for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Lab in entomology. Jerry's interests include native and ancient cultures of the Southwest, archaeoastronomy, Southwest history, and historical character reenactment. He has been a docent with the Museum of Northern Arizona since 1994, specializing in Navajo and Hopi Indian history and culture.

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

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