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If you have your own coach transportation and need a tour guide, or if you would like a customized tour or coach transportation for your group, please give us a call at 505-766-9068. Experience the scenic, cultural, and historical riches of New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," by participating in the RoboRAVE International Competition's tours listed below.

 

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ACOMA “SKY CITY” PUEBLO

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Your destination today is Acoma Pueblo, known as Sky City", located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico.  Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archeologists put the initial occupation of the Pueblo around 1150 AD. The first Europeans, led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, visited Acoma in 1540.

 

A Pueblo member will take you on a ¾-mile leisurely guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest include San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all the Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. All building materials for the church and other structures in the village were carried or hauled great distances by hand up the steep slope of the mesa.  The 360-degree views from Acoma are breathtaking and offer many photo opportunities.  The tour includes a camera permit, but note that video recorders and camera phones are prohibited.  

PRICE PER PERSON       $73.00

PRICE INCLUDES:  Deluxe motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Acoma and guided tour of Pueblo with camera permit; bottled water on coach, all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

Note:  Due to unpaved and uneven terrain, Acoma is not wheelchair accessible.  Acoma Pueblo reserves the right to schedule unannounced closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes.

 

 


TENT ROCKS

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Spend time with a geologistand learn how Tent Rocks National Monumentcame to be.  Located on land managed jointly by Cochiti Pueblo and the Bureau of Land Management, Tent Rocks is a truly unique geological site that features massive, cone-shaped formations that hug the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon.  Left over from eruptions in the Jemez volcanic field 6 million to 7 million years ago,

these formations are wind and water eroded pumice and tuff deposits topped by erosion-resistant caprocks that protect the softer pillars below. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet. No other national park or national monument in the western United States illustrates more dramatically the geologic aspects of faulting, volcanic activity, and infilling by sediment and groundwater. 

 

Sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended. 

 

PRICE PER PERSON:     $68.00

                                     

PRICE INCLUDES:  Transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Tent Rocks; geologist to accompany group, bottled water; all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

 



MEET ALBUQUERQUE: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND HISTORY/OLD TOWN/INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Your day begins with a visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which is dedicated to preserving and presenting to the visitor the history and artifacts that tell the story of the Atomic Age.  The permanent displays and constantly changing special exhibits present the history, science and diverse applications, pioneers and future developments of nuclear energy. 

 

Next is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a Duke City landmark dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art.  It showcases the lifeways and culture of the indigenous inhabitants of New Mexico.  The Center has a museum, gallery and gift shop. 

 

Continue on to Old Townand take a brief walking tour of the historic Plaza area. Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque, was founded in the early part of the 18th century and includes San Felipe de Neri church and many historic buildings that form an architectural record of this city’s unique past. 

 

PRICE PER PERSON:     $61.00

                                     

the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History; admission and guided tour of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; bottled water on coach; all gratuities and applicable taxes.  

 

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SANTA FE VIA THE TURQUOISE TRAIL

Wednesday, May 9 or Sunday, May 13, 2018

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise.  During its heyday in the 1880s Cerrillos boasted twenty-one saloons, and four hotels. A renewed spirit has brought art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants to these towns. 

 

Upon arrival in Santa Feyou may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

 

Attendees will have lunch on their own at one of the many restaurants in the Plaza area.  Your guide will provide maps and offer suggestions.  After lunch you may continue to explore on your own or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

PRICE PER PERSON       $68.00

PRICE INCLUDES:  Transportation; professional tour guide; walking tour of Santa Fe Plaza area; admission to Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission; bottled water on coach; all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

 

 


THE JEMEZ MOUNTAIN TRAIL, BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, AND LOS ALAMOS

Wednesday, May 9 or Sunday, May 13, 2018

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Today we will travel along one of the Southwest’s most spectacular routes – the Jemez Mountain Trail, declared a National Scenic and Historic Byway in 1998 in recognition of its wonderful natural and historic resources. Your first stop will be the Walatowa Visitors Center at Jemez Pueblo, one of the nineteen Native American Pueblos of New Mexico, situated against the deep red rocks of the Jemez Mountains. The Center provides visitor information about the Pueblo and displays a selection of arts and crafts created by Jemez artisans.

 

You then continue along the Jemez River as it cuts through canyons whose colors change dramatically from brown to brilliant red and orange. Climbing east out of Jemez Canyon you enter Valle Grande and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  Situated at 8,500 feet above sea level this is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world. Although fourteen miles across, only part of the caldera can be seen because the view is obscured by the great dome of Redondo Peak, all that remains of a volcano.  There will be a stop at the scenic overlook before proceeding to Bandelier.

 

 

 

 

Bandelier National Monument is best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. This fascinating archaeological site, situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, encompasses over 32,000 acres of wilderness crisscrossed by 60 miles of maintained trails.  The Park was designated in 1916 and named for nineteenth-century anthropologist Adolph Bandelier. Frijoles Canyon is famous for its extensive Anasazi ruins and cliff dwellings that date back to approximately 1100 AD.  The Anasazi farmed this canyon for over 400 years and lived in multi-storied stone and mud structures or in caves carved out of the volcanic cliffs.  Even if you're not an archaeological enthusiast, you will enjoy climbing the ladders into the caves and kivas.  Be prepared for changes in the weather by dressing in layers and wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen recommended.

 

Your final stop is the nearby town of Los Alamos, selected by the Federal Government in 1942 as the site of the top secret Manhattan Project.  Visit the Bradbury Science Museum where you will learn how LANL scientists are using the latest technologies to deal with the complex challenges of today’s world, including issues of national security, energy, transportation, and commercial applications of military technology.  There are science demonstrations, a laser you can play with, and exhibits on DNA fingerprinting.

 

PRICE PER PERSON:     $92.00

                                     

PRICE INCLUDES:  Transportation; professional tour guide; visit to Walatowa Visitors Center; admission to Bandelier National Monument; box lunch; bottled water on coach; all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

 

 

 

 

 


WOLVES, INSCRIPTION ROCKS, AND NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE

Wednesday, May 9 or Sunday, May 13, 2018

7:30 AM– 6:30 PM

Early morning departure to the fascinating Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. This 42-acre homestead provides sanctuary to abused and abandoned captive-bred wolves and wolf dogs from as far away as New Jersey, Michigan and Washington. Its mission is to educate the public, to rescue abused and abandoned captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs and to provide its residents with permanent, safe sanctuary.  There will be a guided tour of the sanctuary.  Enjoy an encounter with an ambassador wolf.

 

Next is a visit to El Morro National Monument.  El Morro was once an important stopping point along the El Camino Real or the Royal Road and conquistadors, Native Americans, and Anglo explorers have all left their mark on this isolated area.  We will explore the bluff and see the centuries old petroglyph and signatures carved into the rock.  Enjoy a box lunch at El Morro.

 

Continue to Acoma Pueblo, known as Sky City", located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico.  Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archeologists put the initial occupation of the Pueblo around 1150 AD. The first Europeans, led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, visited Acoma in 1540.

 

 

A Pueblo member will take you on a ¾-mile leisurely guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest include San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all the Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. All building materials for the church and other structures in the village were carried or hauled great distances by hand up the steep slope of the mesa.  The 360-degree views from Acoma are breathtaking and offer many photo opportunities.  The tour includes a camera permit, but note that video recorders and camera phones are prohibited.

PRICE PER PERSON       $112.00

 

PRICE INCLUDES:  Deluxe motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary; admission to Acoma and guided tour of Pueblo with camera permit; box lunch; bottled water on coach, all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

Note:  Due to unpaved and uneven terrain, Acoma is not wheelchair accessible.  Acoma Pueblo reserves the right to schedule unannounced closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes.

 


ACOMA “SKY CITY” PUEBLO
$73.00
TENT ROCKS
$68.00
MEET ALBUQUERQUE: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND HISTORY/OLD TOWN/INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER
$61.00
SANTA FE VIA THE TURQUOISE TRAIL
*
$68.00
THE JEMEZ MOUNTAIN TRAIL, BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, AND LOS ALAMOS
*
$92.00
WOLVES, INSCRIPTION ROCKS, AND NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
*
$112.00