by Almea Matanock
Stefanie Beninato
A Well-Born Guide
Have Ph.D., Will Travel
P.O. Box 1601
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1601
505 988-8022

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New Mexico/Southwest Tours

Taos: Artists and Indigenous Cultures

Have you been on the high road to Taos? Did you know New Mexico has its own spectacular rift valley? Come to the home of artists, adventurers and indigenous peoples. Tour both the village and the pueblo at Taos. Visit some of the best museums in the state. On the return trip, drive the high road through small northern New Mexico villages. Visit the weavers at Chimayo and the Sanctuario known for its "miraculous" dirt.
6-10 hours

by Stefanie Beninato

An Outpost of Civilization: Pecos National Monument

See one of the lesser explored ruins near Santa Fe and learn about its importance in New Mexico history. An important pueblo and trading center, it also had more than one missionary church. The monument itself encompasses Civil War battle sites as well as the remains of Greer Garson's Forked Lightning Ranch. On the way back, stop at Arroyo Hondo an unreconstructed ruin, just outside of town.
3-5 hours

O'Keeffe Country and Beyond

See the extent of history in New Mexico up near Abiquiu in O'Keeffe country. Go to an ancient Tewa ruin, visit the original church of Abiquiu, hear stories about New Mexico's most famous artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, and stop at Ghost Ranch where dinosaurs were discovered. Relax in the late afternoon at the famous hot springs in Ojo Caliente.
7-8 hours

Wine Country: North or South

Did you know that New Mexico has had vineyards for hundreds of years? How does the wine compare to those of California? Find out with an afternoon's visit to three or four local wineries and a little history thrown in too. The tour guide will be glad to act as designated driver.
4-5 hours

A Real Indian Detour: Gallup and More

Go to Zuni and see the river where the Shalako crosses every winter. Visit the pueblo where the Spaniards first made contact with the Pueblos. Tour the Hopi villages and stop at the historic Hubbell Trading Post. Hike throught the ruins of Pueblo III culture at Chaco Canyon and see the Sky CIty of Acoma. Depending on the time of year, attend a dance at one of the Hopi villages, visit the studio of an artist, or attend a rug auction. All tours custom- designed.
2-day minimum

Other tours, such as Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez, and Salinas National Monument, and Chimayo are available as well as custom tours.

Group and multi-day rates available.