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Arizona/New Mexico

Ancestral Homelands: Hopi, Navajo and Chaco Canyon

Immerse yourself in the culture and mystery of America’s Southwest as you explore ancient cliff dwellings, attend a Native-arts demonstration and visit world-renowned Chaco Canyon.
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Program No. 4541RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299
Arizona/New Mexico

Ancestral Homelands: Hopi, Navajo and Chaco Canyon

Immerse yourself in the culture and mystery of America’s Southwest as you explore ancient cliff dwellings, attend a Native-arts demonstration and visit world-renowned Chaco Canyon.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 4541 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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May 2 - May 8, 2021
Starting at
1,449
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2021
Starting at
1,299
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2021
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1,449
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
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1,449
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
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1,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 2 - May 8, 2021
Starting at
1,749
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2021
Starting at
1,629
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2021
Starting at
1,749
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
Starting at
1,749
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
Starting at
1,749

At a Glance

The Southwest is the keeper of America’s best-preserved and most compelling archaeological treasures. That heritage continues today in the modern Hopi and Navajo culture of northeastern Arizona. Hear personal insights as Native American representatives share cultural achievements, historic struggles and modern challenges. Then journey to uncover the mystery of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Great Houses and Great Kivas, displaying prehistoric architectural masterpieces on a grand scale.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 miles on varied terrain. Exploration of ruins requires agility. Elevations up to 7,000-plus 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 ...

  • Visit cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument and, on the Hopi Reservation, experience a cultural demonstration and explore a Pueblo village that is one the oldest continually inhabited American settlement.
  • On the Navajo Reservation enjoy a 4x4 vehicle trip into the heart of Canyon De Chelly.
  • Journey to the center of the Ancestral Puebloan world — Chaco Canyon — to explore the Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl and the Great Kiva of Casa Rinconada.
Featured Expert
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Bruce Banker
Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.

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

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Erica Tucker View biography
Erica is a naturalist, interpreter, public lands advocate and avid birder. An environmental educator, park service interpretive ranger and, most recently, Education Director for Friends of Cedar Mesa, she is thrilled to be a naturalist and leader with Road Scholar. Erica loves sharing the wonder of our national parks with others, is always on the look-out for furry, feathered, and flowering beings and enjoys interesting natural history tidbits. Originally from Vermont, Erica now resides in Flagstaff.
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Bruce Banker View biography
Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.
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Diné: A History of the Navajos
by Iverson, Peter; Roessel, Monty
This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observation, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Diné past and present that will be essential for scholars, students, and interested general readers, both Navajo and non-Navajo.
In Search of Chaco
by Noble, David Grant
Startling discoveries and impassioned debates have emerged from the "Chaco Phenomenon" since the publication of New Light on Chaco Canyon twenty years ago. This completely updated edition features seventeen original essays, scores of photographs, maps, and site plans, and the perspectives of archaeologists, historians, and Native American thinkers. For more than a century archaeologists and others have pursued Chaco Canyon's many and elusive meanings. In Search of Chaco brings these explorations to a new generation of enthusiasts.
Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers
by Kawano, Kenji
The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions --Los Angeles Times 128 pp
The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians As Preserved in Their Legends and Traditions
by Courlander, Harold
Folklorist Courlander traces Hopi legends from the tribe’s search through the wilderness for its home location to its settling on the Hopi Mesas and development thereafter. 239pp
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture
by Frazier, Kendrick
Chaco Wash has cut a broad canyon through northwestern New Mexico. Its natural beauty is surpassed only by the many prehistoric ruins it contains, which were built by the Chacoan Anasazi, the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. About 1000 years ago, the Chacoans constructed multistory residences, established an extensive road system, exercised cultural hegemony over a large region in the southwestern United States, and then suddenly left. Frazier skillfully recounts the fascinating story of Chaco Canyon. He describes its discovery and exploration, its role in the development of American archaeology, and the clues it contains about a unique cultural system. Gordon C. Tucker, Jr., Nickens and Assocs., Montrose, Col. 261pp
Native Roads : The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations
by Kosik, Frank
Using the mile markers of the US, Arizona, and Navajo highways and routes running through the Navajo and Hopi nations as her organizing principle, the author offers a travel guide to the sites found in the area. Natural, historical, and cultural points of interest are covered, along with some information on lodging and services. 280 pp
In the House of Rain
by Childs, Craig
In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people. The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace. Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.
Meals
17 Meals
6 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
6 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Oct 10, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021
  • May 02, 2021 - May 08, 2021
  • Sep 12, 2021 - Sep 18, 2021
  • Sep 19, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
  • Oct 03, 2021 - Oct 09, 2021
  • Oct 10, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021
2 nights
Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff is proud to show off its newly designed communal spaces and guest rooms to travelers passing through. Our new renovations include thoughtful updates and additions with our guest’s needs in mind. From a refreshed lobby with a welcoming "great-room" vibe to new touches and colors in every room, you’ll find a lot to enjoy at our hotel. Staying with us has never been as fun and convenient. Take advantage of all the new amenities and the designs meant to please every taste. Even if we look different, you will still always enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast® every morning after a comfortable night in our expansive rooms and suites, which are equipped with lots of useful amenities including free high-speed Internet access and coffeemakers (select rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave). Stroll through the sprawling courtyard to a romantic gazebo; relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2 nights
Chinle
Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
2 nights
Gallup
Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument, the Painted Desert, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and the Pueblo of Zuni.
2 nights
Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff is proud to show off its newly designed communal spaces and guest rooms to travelers passing through. Our new renovations include thoughtful updates and additions with our guest’s needs in mind. From a refreshed lobby with a welcoming "great-room" vibe to new touches and colors in every room, you’ll find a lot to enjoy at our hotel. Staying with us has never been as fun and convenient. Take advantage of all the new amenities and the designs meant to please every taste. Even if we look different, you will still always enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast® every morning after a comfortable night in our expansive rooms and suites, which are equipped with lots of useful amenities including free high-speed Internet access and coffeemakers (select rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave). Stroll through the sprawling courtyard to a romantic gazebo; relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2 nights
Chinle
Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
2 nights
Gallup
Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument, the Painted Desert, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and the Pueblo of Zuni.
2 nights
Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff is proud to show off its newly designed communal spaces and guest rooms to travelers passing through. Our new renovations include thoughtful updates and additions with our guest’s needs in mind. From a refreshed lobby with a welcoming "great-room" vibe to new touches and colors in every room, you’ll find a lot to enjoy at our hotel. Staying with us has never been as fun and convenient. Take advantage of all the new amenities and the designs meant to please every taste. Even if we look different, you will still always enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast® every morning after a comfortable night in our expansive rooms and suites, which are equipped with lots of useful amenities including free high-speed Internet access and coffeemakers (select rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave). Stroll through the sprawling courtyard to a romantic gazebo; relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2 nights
Chinle
Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
2 nights
Gallup
Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument, the Painted Desert, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and the Pueblo of Zuni.
2 nights
Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff is proud to show off its newly designed communal spaces and guest rooms to travelers passing through. Our new renovations include thoughtful updates and additions with our guest’s needs in mind. From a refreshed lobby with a welcoming "great-room" vibe to new touches and colors in every room, you’ll find a lot to enjoy at our hotel. Staying with us has never been as fun and convenient. Take advantage of all the new amenities and the designs meant to please every taste. Even if we look different, you will still always enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast® every morning after a comfortable night in our expansive rooms and suites, which are equipped with lots of useful amenities including free high-speed Internet access and coffeemakers (select rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave). Stroll through the sprawling courtyard to a romantic gazebo; relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2 nights
Chinle
Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
2 nights
Gallup
Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument, the Painted Desert, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and the Pueblo of Zuni.
2 nights
Flagstaff
La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff is proud to show off its newly designed communal spaces and guest rooms to travelers passing through. Our new renovations include thoughtful updates and additions with our guest’s needs in mind. From a refreshed lobby with a welcoming "great-room" vibe to new touches and colors in every room, you’ll find a lot to enjoy at our hotel. Staying with us has never been as fun and convenient. Take advantage of all the new amenities and the designs meant to please every taste. Even if we look different, you will still always enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast® every morning after a comfortable night in our expansive rooms and suites, which are equipped with lots of useful amenities including free high-speed Internet access and coffeemakers (select rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave). Stroll through the sprawling courtyard to a romantic gazebo; relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2 nights
Chinle
Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
2 nights
Gallup
Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument, the Painted Desert, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and the Pueblo of Zuni.





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