Arizona/New Mexico
Pueblo Heritage: The Anasazi, 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
7 days
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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, explore Old Oraibi, 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.
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Martin Link
Martin Link is a historian, author and archaeologist who has been imparting the story of the American Southwest to Road Scholar participants for more than 25 years. He is the former director of the Navajo Museum in Arizona and the former publisher of the Indian Trader Newspaper. Martin helped to train the first Navajo tribal park rangers in the early 1960s. He is the co-author of “The Goat in the Rug,” a children’s book about the weaving of a Navajo rug and cooperation between friends.

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

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Bruce Banker
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