Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico Tour with Mesa Verde National Park | 6-days, 6-nights
Fall 2018 travel dates: Pre-night at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town on September 22, 2018. Tour departs Albuquerque on September 23, 2018 and returns to Albuquerque on September 28, 2018.
Explore New Mexico and its Native American tribes and culture on this 6-day, 6-night DETOURS Native America tour with Navajo guide and intertribal expert Donovan Hanley. This tour of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado takes you to Window Rock, Lion Canyon, Ute Mountain nation, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Jemez Pueblo. With his native history, Donovan provides a uniquely native perspective to these sacred lands.
- Small group tour with up to 13 passengers – no crowds!
- The best historical lodging available – no lines!
- Custom touring vehicles with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline, plenty of legroom and flatscreen TV
- Expert guides who are CPR and FirstAid certified
- Breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner and pre-night at Hotel Albuquerque included in tour price!
PRICE per person for double occupancy.
PRICE per person for single occupancy.
$2,990 per person (double occupancy) Includes guided tour, lodging, breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner, entrance fees and taxes
Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours canceled within 35 days of departure will be charged in full.
A 10% non-refundable deposit will be taken by credit card at the time of booking.
Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers in individual leather captain’s seats. Groups range from 8-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotels will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 40 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
September temperatures in the region offer almost perfect weather but can vary by season. We recommend our guests bring a light jacket in case of occasional showers.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Terms and conditions will be provided and must be agreed upon separately for this tour.
Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico with Mesa Verde National Park | 6-days, 6-nights
Day 1: (included in tour cost) Arrive at Albuquerque International Airport and be greeted by your expert Native American guide, Donovan Hanley. Enjoy a welcome drink and discuss your upcoming week of touring with Donovan, answering any questions you may have. You’ll be transported to Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town where you’ll settle in early and prepare for the start of tomorrow’s New Mexico tour.
Overnight at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuqurque, NM
Day 2: An early start to the day takes you and the small group west to Acoma Pueblo’s “Sky City” for a guided tour of this fascinating and magical place. Discover the centuries-old history of New Mexico’s southwest Indians. Acoma pueblo offers a window in time where native people carry on the customer traditions of their ancestors. It has been designated as a historic site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is the only Native American site designated as such.
Traveling along Scenic Byway 53, the next stop is El Morro National Monument, a massive sandstone bluff that held a reliable water hole and a shady oasis for weary travelers for many centuries. Visitors added to the existing pre-Pueblo inscription and petroglyphs with their own messages, dates and signatures. There are over 2,000 inscriptions protected as well as several Ancestral Pueblo Ruins. The day ends in Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, or Dinetah in Navajo. Enjoy an authentic Navajo meal tonight prepared by a local chef.
Overnight at Quality Inn Window Rock
Day 3: A day full of surprises awaits! Today takes us on what locals call the Navajo Overpass, located in the heart of Dinetah, to the Ute Mountain Tribal Lands. A Ute Mountain Tribal Guide will lead us into Lion Canyon for an incredible view of rarely seen ruins. These amazing ruins have not been rebuilt or stabilized, only the ladders have been added for safe access. Later in the day we’ll take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park. We’ll visit Balcony House and other very special archeological sites. Your room at the Far View Lodge offers some of the best views in North America, overlooking parts of new Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. You might get lucky and spot a rainbow!
Overnight at Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park
Day 4: Our trip heads east across the continental divide along the Upper Rio Grande and into Northern New Mexico Pueblo of Taos. The first tour stop today is Aztec Ruins National Monument, a place that Pueblo people describe as part of their migration journey. This 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House still has many original timbers holding up the roof. The Aztec West Trail offers a short walk through Aztec Ruins, intact Pueblo rooms, and a reconstructed Great Kiva. After crossing the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, we’ll be guided through Taos Pueblo, an ancient pueblo belonging to a Tiwa-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people.
Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate that people lived here 1,000 years ago. The present buildlings were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D. They must have looked much as they do today when the first Spanish explorers arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540. The two structures called Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house) are said to be of similar age. They are considered to be among the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA.
Stay the the night at Hotel La Fonda, a Pueblo-style hotel just a few miles from the ancient Taos Pueblo site.
Overnight at Hotel La Fonda on the Historic Plaza of Taos, NM
Day 5: Along the Old Spanish Trail, the “High Road” from Taos to Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful drives in New Mexico, through the Picuris Pueblo Lands to the Mission El Santuario de Chimayo, a place the early visitor believed held miraculous healing powers. You’ll decide first-hand whether those powers exist! Traveling through the Pojoaque, Tesuque and Nambe Pueblos, the day finishes in Santa Fe, the original capital of Northern New Spain. There’s time to explore the galleries, museums and gift shops that surround the Historic Plaza. The Hotel Santa Fe is a wonderful example of Pueblo and Spanish architecture, and is owned by the Picuris Pueblo Tribe. There are several restaurants to choose from tonight within walking distance.
Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe, Picuris Pueblo
Day 6: We’ll depart Hotel Santa Fe and head northwest over the Rio Grande to Bandelier National Monument which protects over 33,000 acres of rugged, beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that will survives in the surrounding Pueblo communities.
It’s then into the Jemez Mountains and the Valles Caldera National Preserve where, about 1.25 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption left a 12×14 mile depression which is now a protected Nature Preserve to use for recreation, hunting and other pursuits. After touring Jemez Pueblo, or Walotawa, the route enters the Rio Grande Valley past Zia Pueblo into Santa Ana Pueblo, whose hotel overlooks the Rio Grande River and Sandia Mountains. A fantastic place to end our journey! You’ll be hosted for dinner tonight to bid farewell to your traveling companions.
Overnight at Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo
Day 7: Awake to the stunning view from your room of the beautiful, mountainous landscape of New Mexico. Today’s route takes us south back to Albuquerque, NM for airport drop-offs. Or perhaps you choose to enjoy one last night in the high desert of New Mexico before returning home and an unforgettable week.
Pre-night in Albuquerque, NM included. Post-night in Albuquerque, NM available upon request.
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel/lodge throughout the tour including pre-night at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuqurque, NM
Meals: all breakfasts, all lunches and one hosted dinner
Unlimited bottled water
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced, professional tour guide and driver and local step on guide services when required
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.