Natural Sciences Guild Travel | Geology and Natural History of New Mexico

October 19–28, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 12:00am

Join Natural Sciences Guild members on an exciting tour of central and southern New Mexico with Road Scholar, a leader in educational travel programs. We start our journey with a visit to the “Sky City” Acoma, the oldest continuously inhabited community in the US, a registered national historical monument where native peoples still carry on the traditions of their ancestors. Then we journey from Albuquerque to Carlsbad and back to explore six of the seven life zones identified on earth, ranging from low desert plains and volcanic lava fields to caves, forests, high mountain ranges, and much more.

We will experience part of the northern Chihuahua Desert, White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the Valley of Fires. We will learn about animal and plant species representing a range like no other on the planet, and will have the insights of an onboard geologist and historian to illuminate the relationships between geology, climate, and cultural ecology.

On our return to Albuquerque we will travel to Bandelier National Park, where we will see petroglyphs, dwellings carved into soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls dating back to early ancestral Pueblo people.

The walking level is rated active. We will be hiking up to two miles over uneven trails, climb a few flights of stairs and will stand for up to 1 ½ hours at elevations of 5,000 to 6,000 feet. Trip cost, not including airfare, is $1,895 for Double, or $1,916 for Single booking.

Contact Pat Gannon at 510-521-4402 or pg3187@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us on this adventure.