Spanish Missions of the Southwest

We have been hard at work ironing out the details of the Spanish Missions trip and after looking it over all I can is one thing…wow! This trip will truly hit the highlights of northern New Mexico and will be full of history and culture.

Our first day will be a long drive to the Zuni Pueblo but we will be treated with a tour of the Spanish mission as well as the old pueblo itself. The mission is over 400 years old and the pueblo has been inhabited since long before that. While very remote, Zuni is the largest pueblo in New Mexico and its isolation has allowed the traditional culture to thrive.

On the second day we’ll tour what is often called the oldest continuous inhabited place in the United States; Acoma Pueblo. The “Sky City” is built high on a mesa with limited access. The way of life in the pueblo has been virtually unchanged over the last thousand years with the exception of a massive Spanish mission built in the community. That evening we’ll head to old town Albuquerque and tour old town.

The next morning will be spent touring the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then driving to Santa Fe for more tours including the Palace of the Governors and the famous St. Francis Cathedral and Loretto Chapel.

Thursday will be spent taking the beautiful drive from Santa Fe to Taos with a stop at the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Before heading home the next day we will also tour the pueblo at Taos, the Taos Historical Museum, and the San Francisco de Asis Church. Along the way we will discuss the various cultures we will visit, the role the Spanish played in the area, and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

The cost of the trip includes transportation, lodging, and admission to all the sites. The deadline to register is February 25. Register for this great trip online.

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