Southwest USA

The Western Pueblos of the Southwest

Hidden Treasures of Native American History, Culture, and the Arts
September 20 – October 2, 2018
From $4,925
Hidden Treasures Tour Guides: Dan Mahr & Susan Mahr


The Pueblo Indians of the Southwest live a traditional culture that dates back centuries before the arrival of Europeans; but simultaneously they accept much of what the modern world has to offer. Some of their communities are the oldest in the United States, dating back over a thousand years. They are peaceful farmers and ranchers, but they are also teachers and scientists and business owners. They are skilled artisans working in silver, stone, clay, wood, and fiber and their works of art are highly prized. Their reservations are in some of the most scenic but remote areas of the Southwest. Join Hidden Treasures Tours on a journey of discovery to meet these friendly peoples, see where they live, and learn of their history and culture.

***The tour will start in Albuquerque, New Mexico and end in Phoenix, Arizona.***

Wednesday September 19

  • Optional early arrival day.
  • Explore Old Town Albuquerque on your own.
  • Lodging and meals on your own.

Thursday September 20

  • Arrival Albuquerque International Sunport by 1:00 pm.
  • Taxi or private transfer to Hotel Albuquerque, Old Town.
  • Afternoon museum visit and lecture at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
  • Welcome dinner at Pueblo Harvest Cafe.
  • Trip orientation.
  • Night at Hotel Albuquerque.

Friday September 21

  • Morning guided tour at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
  • Afternoon at leisure or exploring Old Town Albuquerque.
  • Night at Hotel Albuquerque.

Saturday September 22

  • Petroglyph National Monument.
  • Acoma Cultural Center and Sky City guided tour.
  • Meet and shop with Acoma artisans.
  • Pottery demonstration and traditional Acoma dinner at artisan’s home.
  • Night at Sky City Casino and Hotel.

Sunday September 23

  • Interpretive orientation and guided tour of Middle Village.
  • Demonstrations of Zuni artistry – inlaid silver jewelry, stone fetishes, pottery, or
  • Half-day Zuni archaeological tour.
  • Shopping at native galleries and trading posts.
  • Night in Gallup.

Monday September 24

  • To Petrified Forest National Park to view archaeological sites, the Painted Desert, and petrified forests.
  • On to Winslow for a night at the La Posada Hotel, a refurbished Fred Harvey House.

Tuesday September 25

  • Drive north through the Navajo Reservation to Hopi Land.
  • At the Village of Polacca join a noted Hopi pottery artist for a demonstration of Hopi pottery including traditional outdoor firing, and also a traditional Hopi meal at the family home.
  • Walking tour of First Mesa to see Tewa Village, the place of revival of traditional Pueblo pottery, and the still-occupied thousand year old village of Walpi.
  • Night at Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa.

Wednesday September 26

  • Guided tour of Third Mesa, including ancient village of Old Oraibi.
  • Scenic Coal Mine Canyon.
  • Dawa Park, site of thousands of ancient petroglyphs.
  • Traditional artist demonstrations – silver jewelry, basketry, kachinas.
  • Night at Hopi Cultural Center.

Thursday September 27

  • Guided tour of Hopi Second Mesa.
  • Traditional Hopi farming techniques.
  • Additional artist visits.
  • Travel to Flagstaff.
  • Night at Drury Inn and Suites, Flagstaff.

Friday September 28

  • Wupatki National Monument archaeological site.
  • Museum of Northern Arizona.
  • Night at Drury Inn and Suites.

Saturday September 29

  • Entire day to explore on your own with options such as Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.
  • Annual Hopi Native Arts and Cultural Festival, Heritage Square, Flagstaff.
  • Night at Drury Inn and Suites, Flagstaff.

Sunday September 30

  • Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona.
  • Tuzigoot National Monument.
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument.
  • Night at Drury Inn and Suites, Phoenix.

Monday October 1

  • Morning at the Heard Museum.
  • Mid-day at leisure.
  • Afternoon guided tour at Desert Botanical Garden.
  • Farewell dinner at Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical Garden.
  • Night at Drury Inn and Suites.

Tuesday October 2

  • Departure.