An excellent introduction to the prehistoric Anasazi
ruins, Hopi and Navajo people, and the natural history
of the American Southwest, this 9-day expedition
offers an opportunity to explore the archaeological
wonders and cultural heritage of the ancient peoples
of the Southwest, plus striking scenic areas.
The Itinerary includes:
• Santa Fe – one of America’s oldest cities with adobe
walkways, central plaza, mission, galleries, and
• Bandelier National Monument – a prehistoric
Anasazi site in wooded canyon country which
contains many cliff and open pueblo ruins.
• Chaco Canyon – one of the most important centers
of commerce and culture in the prehistoric
Southwest. Many consider Chaco to be the
architectural peak of the Anasazi culture.
• Aztec Ruins National Monument – a three-story,
500-room dwelling built over 850 years ago.
• Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde has over
2,000 mesa-top ruins and 200 cliff dwellings. Cliff
Palace, the most famous, is eight stories high.
• Canyon de Chelly – called Tsegi, “rock canyon,”
by the Navajo. Magnificent Canyon de Chelly
actually includes two adjoining canyons, Canyon
del Muerto to the north and Canyon de Chelly to
the south. In the canyon’s walls rising to heights of
over a thousand feet are houses built in open caves
by early Anasazi people.
• Hubbell – the Navajo people have come to Hubbell
Trading Post for years to trade for supplies.
• Hopi Mesas – an enclave in the enormous Navajo
Reservation, the Hopi Cultural Center and Museum
at Second Mesa will provide an interesting and
informative picture of Indian life.
• Hovenweep National Monument – the site of
ancient astronomers quest to understand the
movement of the stars and provide meaning to
During the Expedition, the Southwest’s
impressive Native American heritage, natural
habitats, and breathtaking scenery will come alive
with leadership by an excellent anthropologist
and naturalist Bryan Bates.
$3,495 plus air