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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.
Rating (5)
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
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May 2 - May 8, 2021
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1,449
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2021
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1,299
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2021
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Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
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May 2 - May 8, 2021
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1,749
Sep 12 - Sep 18, 2021
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1,629
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2021
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1,749
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
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1,749
Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
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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.
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(5)

This was a highly educational program, both in regard to ancient cultures and current Hopi and Navajo life. The Canyon de Chelly and Chaco Canyon sites are well worth the trip.

(5)

The program is well executed and provides an opportunity to see,learn, and experience the Hopi,Navajo and Chaco Canyon areas. These are areas not frequented by most travelers.

(5)

I highly recommend this program. It was everything I had hoped for---and more.

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip. Having no idea of what to expect I was thrilled with what I experienced. Lots of education and fun.

(5)

Memorable experiences, extraordinary leaders, simpaticos fellow travelers. This trip, designed and staffed by Northern AZ Univ. and scheduled by RoadScholar, exceeded my expectations.

(5)

The Pueblo Heritage program is great! I learned a lot about ancient and modern native southwestern cultures, thanks to outstanding leaders. The field trips to the three canyons were the highlights of the week.

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip, and it exceeded my expectations. I got way more than my money’s worth. The location, the content of the program and the leaders were all excellent. I would highly recommend this opportunity.

(5)

The leaders on this trip are fantastic, with a wealth of local knowledge. The scenery is breathtaking, and you'll see a lot of it, with many hours in the van! But most of all, you will experience Native culture and homelands first hand from excellent interpreters, and set foot in places where beautiful ruins give fascinating glimpses of the past. Canyon de Chelly was magical and Chaco was awe inspiring.

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip; it will not be my last! We travel on our own several times a year, but having a program like this with experienced guides and a well planned trip takes a lot of guesswork out. Well Done!

(5)

This is a great program to gain insight to these ancient cultures and actually walk the lands where they lived. Each day is very different and fresh with guest speakers who enhanced our experience. The lodgings and food were great and the leaders were tops. It was an excellent experience for all involved.

(5)

Perfect

(5)

This program gave me the opportunity to walk the paths and touch the stones of the ancients of true and important American history denied most of us in conventional education. Astounding!

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip. I cannot say enough about how rewarding it was. It was very well organized, we learned an amazing amount of history, and the scenery was breathtaking.

(5)

All of the destinations were very worthwhile. The presenters and guides were wonderful. It's difficult to describe the impact of being in Canyon de Chelly or traveling across the reservation with guides like Tracy and Eric. Stewart had the textbook knowledge to share, Eric had stories of growing up on the reservation and Tracy added a mother's and woman's life point of view, so it was a perfect pairing of guides. The potter at the Hopi reservation and the guide at Old Oraibi were fantastic and provided the insider experiences I have come to love at Road Scholar. I thought the Hubble Trading Post would be a filler, but the ranger lead house tour and the amazing Conté crayon portraits of native Americans were some of my favorite things . Be prepared for poor hotels and really bad food. The hotels in Flagstaff and Gallup were at locations with no good walking areas or access to shopping etc. and not especially clean. In Flagstaff there were cobwebs over my bed and in Gallup the bathroom had mildew and the bedroom smelled so badly of cigarette smoke I asked for another room. The food was the worst I have ever had on a tour! Nearly every meal was a buffet. In Flagstaff it was a glob of gristle and no alcohol at Sizzler. The Greek restaurant food was so salty several of us couldn't eat it. In Chinle we had salmon so dry people were putting mayo, salsa and anything else they could find on it to try to make it edible. Breakfast was all fat and white carbs, even the yogurt was highly sweetened and there was no fruit available, so pack dried fruit, Cliff bars, etc. Don't let the bad accommodations and food deter you because this is one of the best experiences you'll ever have, just be prepared to take the bad with the good.

(5)

Great opportunity to experience Native speakers and lands not easily available to the general public. Program had lots of variety and choices about how strenuous you wanted your hikes to be. Absolutely stunning landscapes.

(5)

The trip was well worth it. Very informative and interesting. The places we saw were fantastic and the staff friendly, welcoming, and very informative and knew their stuff.

(5)

The ruins are so much more amazing in person than can be imagined. The trip is well organized and the experience gets better as the trip goes on.






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