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Ancient Cliff Dwellers Of the American Southwest

When: September 16-26, 2017
Where: Arizona and Colorado 
How Much: $2,595 per person ($480 single supplement)

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. Read the travel blog from our 2015 Tour:Traveling the Southwest of the Ancient Cliff Dwellers’

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

Saturday, September 16

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

Sunday, September 17

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.

Monday, September 18

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 then take a drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. We’ll spend the next two evenings at the Twin Arrows Navajo near Flagstaff.

Tuesday, September 19

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 1200s to the late 1300s.

Wednesday, September 20

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.

Thursday, September 21

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

Friday, September 22

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 the next two evenings at the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, Colorado.

Saturday, September 23

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.

Sunday, September 24

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.

Monday, September 25

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. Evening at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe.

Tuesday September 26

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 tours.tac@gmail.com or by phone at (505) 266-1540.

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