Cliff Dwellers of the American Southwest

When:  September 12–22, 2019
Where:  Arizona and Colorado
Cost:    $2,795 per person ($480 single supplement) 

Cliff dwellings are among the most amazing archaeological sites in the world: walls and doorways, 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 sites  home. Warm and dry during the winter, the secluded pueblos may also have protected villagers from attacking enemies.

Our tour will journey to the most famous of the region’s cliff dwellings, as well as modern-day pueblos and several Conservancy preserves, and be guided by archaeologists well-versed in the region’s prehistory.

Thursday, September 12
Join us for a welcoming reception at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe.

Friday, September 13
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 14
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 Conservancy preserve.  We’ll spend the next two evenings at one of the grandest railroad hotels ever built, the beautifully restored La Posada, in Winslow.

Sunday, September 15
We’ll visit the Sinagua cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff. 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 AD 1200s to the late 1300s.

Monday, September 16
We’ll tour Second Mesa at Hopi and visit the Hopi Cultural Center. We’ll visit Ganado’s Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation We’ll spend the next two evenings at Thunderbird lodge at Canyon de Chelly.

Tuesday, September 17
In the morning we’ll take a jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly.  In the afternoon, we’ll tour the rim.

Wednesday, September 18
We’ll visit the Canyon of the Ancients visitor center and museum and the Escalante and Dominguez pueblos, as well as the Conservancy’s Yellow Jacket Pueblo in the Montezuma Valley. We’ll spend the next two evenings at the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, Colorado.

Thursday, September 19
We’ll spend the day exploring the extensive cliff dwellings and mesa top communities at Mesa Verde, a World Heritage Site.  There are more than 4,500 known archaeological sites protected by the park, including 600 cliff dwellings that were inhabited from A.D. 600 to 1300.

Friday, September 20
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 Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort near Flagstaff.

Saturday, September 21
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. We’ll then take a drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Evening at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe.

Sunday, September 22
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.

Please note that this 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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