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Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

April 9-13, 2015!

Don't wait: Anticipate!

And the scenery's spectacular!

Imagine!  Market Day at Chaco Canyon a millennium ago... thousands of people have gathered at Pueblo Bonito... come afoot from far, far away: Mesa Verde, Paquimé, Central Mexico... Screams of bright macaws echo off sandstone walls. Shells from the Sea of Cortez sparkle in the desert sunshine. Stones and gems, skins, wood, pottery, foods and seeds from far-off lands are bartered. For reasons still debated, this entire civilization crumbled. Or did it just change? How? Why? Who went where? And when? Come discover the possibilities! Know the immense beauty of this remote place: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage Site, New Mexico.  

The center of Ancestral Puebloan culture 1000 years ago, Chaco Canyon in Northwest New Mexico is an impressive archaeological site! The magnificent masonry ruins encompass six large pueblos containing over 1600 multi-story rooms, more than 90 kivas and Great Kivas. In addition to Chaco Canyon itself, there are numerous pueblos on connecting roads that encompass the greater Chacoan world.

archaeologist to share with you. He’s been involved in numerous archaeological endeavors including research, cultural resource management, and ruins stabilization/historic preservation.  Larry’s research interests focus on prehistoric and historic architecture, archaeoastronomy, and the Ancestral Puebloan periods of northwestern New Mexico. You will enjoy Larry’s affable and scholarly teachings. We’ll begin with an overview of Chacoan culture in the Canyon, then trace the expanding Chacoan system throughout the San Juan basin. Our exploration takes us not only to well-known sites such as Pueblo Bonito but to significant and seldom-visited Chacoan outliers including Pierre’s and Twin Angels. In-depth visits to Salmon and Aztec are featured. Larry will introduce you to the science and theories surrounding the strategies and techniques that Chacoan people used to adapt to their often-challenging environment. Some walking is involved, but, rest assured, strenuous activity is entirely optional. We travel scenic routes round-trip from Tucson in comfortable passenger vans with rear seats removed for luggage and picnics, and everyone enjoys a window seat because we have just two guests per normal three-person bench seat. Four very pleasant nights' hotel-accommodations, all breakfasts, 3 picnics and all admissions, plus Deluxe Trip & Travel Insurance are all included. We are honored to have Larry Baker as our teacher! 

 

You asked for even more comfort and we are pleased to provide excellent travel comfort and more spacious enjoyment for you on this program.

Chaco remains remote and cannot be visited, let alone fully appreciated, by motor coach. We choose very comfortable new passenger vans (with the rear seats removed for luggage and lunches), and limit the participation to about 19 guests so that only two guests will occupy each 3-person seat.

Everyone enjoys their own window seat with views and spacious comfort!

This educational program is co-sponsored by both Tucson's Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Desert Museum members reserve with Baja's Frontier Tours

Tohono Chul members please call Jo Falls at Tohono Chul Park.

Please scroll down for Registration Information...

 

 

 Larry Baker and Nancy Sweet Espinosa  LARRY BAKER brings over 37 years of professional experience as a Southwestern archaeologist to share. He’s been involved in numerous archaeological endeavors including research, cultural resource management, and ruins stabilization/historic preservation.  Larry’s research interests focus on prehistoric and historic architecture, archaeoastronomy, and the Ancestral Puebloan periods of northwestern New Mexico. His work in cultural resource management has allowed him to meet the needs of the neighboring oil, gas, mining, and public works projects.  You will enjoy Larry’s affable and scholarly teachings. From 1993 to present, he has served as the Executive Director of the San Juan County Archaeological Research Center and Library at Salmon Ruins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Van de Mark's lifetime in Arizona plus over two decades of natural history education experience, including her fourteen years at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Education Department, continue to assure BFT's fans an enjoyable and professional interpretive focus. BFT produces personalized learning vacations that appeal to guests with a wide range of interests and physical abilities. Mary's love of arts, history, great food and friendly, curious people keep her on the go. Scouting new and special spots to share is an enjoyment for Mary and her husband Piet. Mary's passion for desert flora, ethnobotany and her informative nature interpretations continue to be enjoyed by all.  

 

Piet Van de Mark’s passion for Baja California, Mexico's natural beauty bloomed on a personal odyssey in the summer of 1962. Baja's Frontier Tours began with 4WD camping expeditions—Personalized Wilderness Travels—with Piet’s founding of BFT in Tucson, Arizona in 1966. Programs gradually evolved into the enjoyable and unique learning eco-vacations—Personalized Natural & Cultural History—that Mary and Piet's guests share today in the Baja California peninsula, plus other selected locations in Mexico and in the American Southwest . The variety and quality of BFT's offerings continue to grow with each passing year.

 Imagine! Who walked through these doors before you came? 

And where on earth did they go? 

 

Impressive Pueblo Bonito!    © Nancy Bower Photo 2012

 

Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

April 9-13, 2015

 Small group of about 19 guests is filling now.

Our very comfortable hotel accommodations include 2 nights at Farmington, New Mexico's lovely Courtyard Marriott, snuggled on the banks of the delightful Animas River; enjoy the peace, beauty and wildlife as you stroll the quiet River Walk that begins right outside our hotel. Four very pleasant nights' hotel-accommodations, all breakfasts, 3 picnics and all admissions, plus Deluxe Travel & Trip Cancellation Insurance are all included.

Spacious seating in new vans: just 2 guests per wide bench seat.

Everyone enjoys their own window seat! 

$1995 per person, double occupancy

Private rooms available at $285.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Don't miss this one: Limited to about 19 Guests.

This educational program is co-sponsored by both Tucson's Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Desert Museum members reserve with Baja's Frontier Tours; Tohono Chul members please call Jo Falls at Tohono Chul Park.

Please see below...

 

Call Mary & Piet Van de Mark directly at Baja's Frontier Tours

(Tucson, Arizona) 520-887-2340.

Email: piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

If you're not yet a member of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, this is a great time to learn more about it!

Membership is just a click away: http://www.desertmuseum.org/members/benefits.html

Participants: Please refer to the information mailed to you for times and details, including the exact  Tucson departure location. Details will be mailed to participants. 

 

Members of Tohono Chul Park, 

please register directly with Jo Falls as noted below.

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

It's easy to become a member and enjoy all the many other many benefits of TCP membership! 

Membership is just a click away http://www.tohonochulpark.org

For MEMBERS' RESERVATIONS:

Call Jo Falls (520)742-6455, X-228 (in Tucson)

Tucson's Tohono Chul Park is a non-profit, botanical garden and art museum.  

You may e-mail Jo at Education@tohonochulpark.org  

 

 

If you enjoy archaeology and Breathtakingly Beautiful Southwest Vistas...plan to join us for our next Archaeology of the Mesa Verde Region.
Click here for more information on Mesa Verde Archaeology!
QUESTIONS ?

Please call Piet & Mary at (520) 887-2340 in Tucson, Arizona

We will send you a brochure just for the asking!
EMAIL: piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

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