To ensure you have an opportunity to enjoy some of Santa Fe’s many attractions, special tours and excursions have been arranged specifically for our participants.
The following activities are open as an option on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration and payment must be received no later than November 1, 2014. Cancellations must be received in writing on or before November 9, 2014 for a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that date. Tours not meeting minimum numbers by the registration deadline will be canceled. Please see the Activities Registration Form for more information.
Walk through more than 400 years of history, art, and culture. Learn about the historic Plaza and the Palace of the Governors (whose occupants have included government and military leaders from Spain, Mexico, the Confederacy, the U.S. and Indian nations). Learn about St. Francis Cathedral, and explore the Loretto Chapel and its miraculous staircase; the oldest church; the capitol, and other major Santa Fe historical sites. The tour will finish at the O’Keeffe Museum, where guests can explore on their own.
Tuesday, November 11, 3:00 pm -5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 pm -5:00 pm
Join us for a beautiful slot canyon hike through the unique geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. Tent Rocks is an area that features large, cone-shaped rocks hugging the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon. These formations were originally created by the powerful dual forces of vulcanism and erosion - which have built up, reshaped and then torn down this landscape over time. While uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from just a few feet to over 90. Most of the trail is on a gradual sloping incline through a slot canyon that is an invigorating but not strenuous walk. A steep climb to the top of the mesa is available at the end of the trail for those interested in a challenge and a spectacular view. Please bring layered clothing, a sun blocking hat, good walking shoes and sunscreen.
Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Travel northwest out of Santa Fe to Bandelier National Monument, and descend into a canyon filled with the ruins of the Anasazi Indians, colloquially "the Ancient Ones." Located on the Pajarito Plateau of the Jemez Mountains, Bandelier was the home of the Anasazi from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries. Excavated over 90 years ago, these ruins were once home to over 200 people, ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians. Walk along easy paths past the remains of ancient Pueblo dwellings, to the cliff dwellings where you can climb ladders to peer inside. If time permits, take a walk further up the path that leads to the Ceremonial Cave, where the Anasazi and later descendants held spiritual rites and celebrations.
Friday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Enjoy a drive through the beautiful sandstone formations into the lush Chimayo Valley. The tour will take us north of Santa Fe along the “High Road”, passing through several small 18th and 19th century Hispanic farming communities before finally arriving at the village of Chimayo, located in a beautiful valley in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Stops include the charming Santuario de Chimayo, the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the Southwest, and Centinela Weaving.
Friday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For nearly a century, artists and art lovers have flocked to Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s art gallery district. Santa Fe is an art collectors dream, and nowhere else in town can you find the artistic scope and richness that Canyon Road offers. On Canyon Road you’ll find more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, world class restaurants, and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm. Join us on a tour of Canyon Road’s many attractions and find out why Canyon Road is “The Art and Soul of Santa Fe." Last stop is at Kakawa Chocolate House for a Chocolate Elixir sampling – discover it’s healing properties!
Friday, November 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm