Best of the Southwest

Cost:       $2,895 per person ($480 single supplement)

Experience the cultural and scenic diversity of the American Southwest. Our trip explores Native American cultures, both past and present, in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Expert archaeologists accompany our daily visits to some of the region’s most famous archaeological sites.

Saturday, September 12
Join us in Albuquerque for a welcome reception at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel.

Sunday, September 13
We’ll visit the ruins at Coronado State Monument and then see the Conservancy preserve where Coronado and his men wintered in 1540. We’ll then travel to Pueblo San Marcos, a Conservancy preserve since 1981. San Marcos is perhaps the largest pueblo ruin in the southwest with 1800 surface rooms, ten plazas, and a Spanish-Colonial mission church and convent. San Marcos was occupied from A.D. 1200-1700. Next we’ll follow Coronado’s trail to Pecos, where we’ll explore the pueblo and Spanish mission site at Pecos National Historical Park. We’ll spend three evenings at La Posada de Santa Fe resort and spa, located near galleries, shops and restaurants.

Monday, September 14
We’ll spend most of the day at Bandelier National Monument touring its cliff dwellings. We’ll also visit San Ildefonso Pueblo, famous for its black-on-black pottery.

Tuesday, September 15
An optional morning tour is scheduled at the Palace of the Governors, which was built in 1610 and is the oldest public building in the country. Today it houses a museum detailing the city’s history. We’ll spend the afternoon visiting Santa Fe’s museums, galleries and shops.

Wednesday, September 16
We’ll tour Chaco Canyon, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. Located in a remote canyon, Chaco was the center of a great prehistoric civilization. We’ll visit Pueblo Bonito, Casa Rinconada, and other ruins. We’ll spend the evening in Farmington.

Thursday, September 17
In New Mexico, we’ll visit the Aztec and Salmon sites which feature the remains of pueblos that were built by Chacoan people and later modified and inhabited by the Mesa Verde Anasazi. We’ll spend two evenings at the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, Colorado.

Friday, September 18
We’ll tour Mesa Verde, including Cliff Palace, Spruce Tree House, and Sun Temple.

Saturday, September 19
We’ll travel through the picturesque Montezuma Valley. Along the way, we’ll stop to visit the valley’s seldom seen Anasazi ruins including Yellowjacket Pueblo, a Conservancy preserve. We’ll spend two evenings at the Thunderbird Lodge at Canyon de Chelly in Arizona.

Sunday, September 20
We’ll spend the morning on a jeep tour of the marvelous cliff dwellings at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, including Antelope House and White House. After lunch in the canyon, we’ll ride along the rim of the canyon for an exciting view of the ruins.

Monday, September 21
On our way to New Mexico, we’ll stop at the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado. We’ll then travel to the “sky city” of Acoma, a pueblo perched upon a mesa that has been occupied for 600 years. We’ll spend the evening in Albuquerque at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel.

Tuesday, September 22
Participants depart for home.

Tour Details:

Cost includes first-class hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $480), lunches, happy hours, expert Conservancy and special guides, admittance fees, tips, tours, orientations, background reading, and surface travel via air-conditioned bus with restroom.

Not included are meals other than lunches and travel to and from Albuquerque.  The tour is at altitudes of 5,000-7,000 feet.  People with 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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