Cliff Dwellers

When: September 17– 27, 2015
Where: New Mexico and Colorado 
How Much: $2,495 per person ($480 single supplement) 

Cliff Dwellers

They rank among the most amazing archaeological sites anywhere: walls and windows, towers and kivas, all tucked neatly into sandstone cliffs.  More than 700 years ago, the Anasazi and Sinagua cultures of the Four Corners region called these cliff dwellings home.  Warm and dry during the winter, the secluded pueblos may also have protected villagers from attacking enemies.

Today, amidst the scenery of Arizona and Colorado, our tour presents the most famous of the region’s cliff dwellings, as well as modern-day pueblos and several Conservancy preserves.  Archaeologists well-versed in the region’s prehistory will accompany the tour.

To join us on this tour, or for further information, contact us at or by phone at (505) 266-1540.

Thursday, September 17

Join us for a welcoming reception at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe.

Friday, September 18

We’ll visit the Heard Museum and explore the Hohokam platform mound complex at Pueblo Grande.  We’ll also visit Park of the Canals where segments of Hohokam irrigation canals have been preserved.  We’ll spend the evening in Tempe at the Doubletree Hotel.

Saturday, September 19

In the morning, we’ll visit the Deer Valley Rock Art Center.  Later, we’ll tour Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, both Southern Sinagua sites, as well as a few Conservancy preserves.  We’ll spend the evening at the Best Western Inn in Cottonwood.

Sunday, September 20

We’ll visit the Sinagua cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff. In the afternoon, we’ll tour Homol’ovi State Park near Winslow. A proto-Hopi site, Homol’ovi is now a center of research for the late migration period of the Hopi from the 1200s to the late 1300s.  We’ll spend the evening at the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow.

Monday, September 21

We’ll tour Second Mesa at Hopi and visit the Hopi Cultural Center. Then, we’ll visit Ganado’s Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.  We’ll spend two evenings at the Sacred Canyon Lodge at Canyon de Chelly.

Tuesday, September 22

In the morning we’ll take a jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly.  In the afternoon, we’ll tour the rim.

Wednesday, September 23

We’ll tour Lowry Ruin, part of Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, as well as the Conservancy’s Yellow Jacket and Boon Pueblos in the Montezuma Valley.  We’ll spend two evenings at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park.

Thursday, September 24

We’ll explore the extensive cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.

Friday, September 25

We’ll tour spectacular Monument Valley. Then we’ll visit Navajo National Monument and get a view of Betatakin, a remote Kayenta Anasazi cliff dwelling.  We’ll spend the evening at the new Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort near Flagstaff.

Saturday, September 26

We’ll explore Wupatki National Monument, a Sinagua site that also contains Hohokam and Anasazi features.  We’ll then visit the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff that houses state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, and then take a drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. We’ll spend the evening at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe.

Sunday, September 27

Participants depart for home.


Tour Details

Cost includes first class hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $480), nine lunches, happy hours, expert Conservancy and special guides, admittance fees, tours and orientations, background reading, and surface travel via air-conditioned bus with restroom.  Not included are meals other than lunches and travel to and from Phoenix.

NOTE: The tour is at altitudes of up to 8,200 feet.  People with heart or respiratory problems should consult their physician.  People unaccustomed to higher altitudes sometimes experience fatigue and dizziness.  A modest amount of walking is required.  Some cliff dwellings are accessible only by ladders.

To join us on this tour, or for further information, contact us at or by phone at (505) 266-1540.

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