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Ancestral Pueblo Dwelling — Mesa Verde National Park
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Join us for a trip back in time to the ancient Indian cliff dwelling of the Ancestral Pueblo people. If you enjoy ancient civilizations in remote places and like to experience other cultures, you'll love this mini-expedition to Mesa Verde National Park.

Season: Year-Round
Available: 1 Departure Daily
Tour Length: 10 Hours
Rating: Easy, for all ages
Includes: Park fees, historian guide, binoculars, transportation to/from the park
Recommended: Sweater or jacket for cooler temps, camera, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, spending money

Tour departs in early morning from the Wyndham Activities Center in Pagosa Springs. We'll travel from Pagosa to Durango, past the rugged La Plata Mountains, and up onto the high, green Mesa Verde Plateau.

After entering the park, we'll begin our travel back in time over 1,000 years ago as we gaze in awe at the giant cliff villages from the rim of Navajo Canyon. Our historian guide will tell the amazing story of the mysterious Ancestral Pueblo people which will gradually unfold as we drive along the canyon rim.

We'll break for lunch at the park cafe, and after lunch we'll descend into the canyon to reach an ancient cliff dwelling that's located within a giant shelter cave. Our park guide will describe the astounding lifestyle and customs of these Ancestral Pueblo people as we explore the incredible structure.

 

  Adult $115
  Wyndham Adult $110    
  Child $100
Wyndham Child $95    
   
   
 
Pueblo Indian Ruins — Chaco Culture National Historic Park
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The ancient Indian cities of the Ancestral Puebloan culture await you on this fascinating tour of New Mexico's Chaco Canyon Indian ruins. This jewel in the desert is filled with a multitude of enormous multi-level apartment complexes built without the aid of beasts of burden or iron tools.

Season: Year-Round
Available: 1 Departure Daily
Tour Length: 11 Hours
Rating: Easy, for all ages
Includes: Park fees, historian guide, binoculars, transportation to/from the park. Lunch provided for an additional fee (or bring your own picnic lunch and drinks).
Recommended: Sweater or jacket for cooler temps, camera, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, spending money

Tour departs in early morning from the Wyndham Activities Center in Pagosa Springs. We'll travel from Pagosa to the Chaco Culture National Historic Park in northern New Mexico.

The unique story of these mysterious people will gradually unfold as we wander through their rooms, halls, and large circular ceremonial structures trying to imagine the lifestyle and customs of these ancient people.

Pueblo Bonito, the great attraction of the Park, is a huge stone edifice that covers nearly three acres and reaches four or five stories high in some places.

 

  Adult $135
  Wyndham Adult $125
 
  Child $95   Wyndham Child $90
 
   
   
 
Indian Cliff Dwelling — Ute Mountain Tribal Park
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Explore the Ute Mountain Tribal Park that has only recently been opened for tours of its ancient cliff dwellings. This is a fantastic journey back in time!

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Available: 1 Departure Daily
Tour Length: 10 Hours
Rating: Ages 5 and up in good health. Must be able to climb 30 foot ladder and walk approximately two miles at leisurely pace on rocky, ungroomed cliffside trails.
Includes: Park fees, Mountain Ute Indian guide, our historian guide, transportation to/from Park. Lunch provided for an additional fee (or bring your own picnic lunch and drinks).
Recommended: Sweater or jacket for cooler temps, camera, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, spending money

Tour departs in early morning from the Wyndham Activities Center in Pagosa Springs. We'll travel from Pagosa to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park which is on the high, green Mesa Verde Plateau just west of Durango and the rugged La Plata Mountains.

Upon entering the Ute Reservation, our Tribal Park guide will meet us to begin our journey back in time over 1,000 years ago when the mysterious Ancestral Pueblo people lived on these lands. Upon entering, you'll get your first glimpse of the giant cliff dwellings from Inspiration Point.

Our trek will begin with the unusual complex of multi-story buildings tucked into the natural sandstone cliffs of Lions Canyon. Our guide will tell the tale of the Ancestral Pueblo people's life as we hike.

We'll have a picnic lunch on the canyon rim. We'll descend heavy, wooden ladders halfway into the canyon to reach the old Indian trail.

We'll follow our guides along a narrow rocky path to visit four of the ancient villages that are all situated within giant shelter caves. We'll climb through the ruins, stepping carefully over pottery shards, tiny corncobs, bone and stone tools, remnants of sandals, rope and other ancient relics. Our guide will explain how our Indian and pioneer ancestors made food and medicine from the wildflowers, shrubs and trees of the canyon.

Our pace will be leisurely, and we'll stop for a break in one of the villages. The canyon will refresh your soul as we take a moment of silence to listen to the wind rustling through the trees.

Our final and most spectacular village requires a 30 foot' ladder and a careful creep along a narrow ledge for a closeup view. It's called Eagle's Nest for a good reason! Large black ravens or red-tailed hawks may swoop within arm's reach for a closer look at you. Those who prefer not to climb the ladder and traverse the ledge trail can view and take pictures of the village from the path below.

The canyons will give you a renewed zest for life and a new appreciation for America's Indian heritage, both past and present.

 

  Adult $125
  Wyndham Adult $118
 
  Child $95
Wyndham Child $90
 
                 
   
 
Ancestral Pueblo Society — Aztec Ruins National Monument
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This is a must see for those interested in Ancestral Puebloan history because this was a cultural capital. Mistakenly called "Aztec" by others, this ancient center place was built by the Ancestral Pueblo people and inhabited for 200 years.

Season: Year-Round
Available: 1 Departure Daily
Tour Length: 6 to 6-1/2 Hours
Rating: Easy, for all ages
Includes: Park fees, historian guide, binoculars, transportation to/from the park. Lunch provided for an additional fee (or bring your own picnic lunch and drinks).
Recommended: Sweater or jacket for cooler temps, camera, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, spending money

The history and stories of the Aztec Ruins are about the Ancestral Pueblo people, just like Chaco Canyon, 55 miles to the south, and Mesa Verde, 45 miles to the north. In its early years this settlement was a trade, ceremonial and administrative center.

Built over two centuries, the Aztec ancestral community included large public architecture and smaller structures, earthworks, and ceremonial buildings. Through the years, the builders always adhered to the original designers' master plan.

As we walk through the West Ruin with its 400 rooms rising to three stories high, we'll explore:

  • The life, customs and stories of the people that historically lived here.
  • The mysteries and questions about their life that are still discussed today.
  • Unique architectural features like tri-walled structures and T-shaped and corner doorways.
  • The only reconstructed Great Kiva in the Southwest, and we'll enjoy a Kiva talk with a Park Ranger.
  • Your questions and thoughts.

We'll break for lunch in the wonderful picnic area among the grand old cottonwoods.

 

  Adult $100
  Wyndham Adult $95
 
  Child $80
Wyndham Child $75
 
   
   
   

 

 

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