An Interview with Katie Arenas, Avid Traveler & OBP Travel Planner Katie Arenas grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors through immersive travel with family, friends, and as a solo traveler. She let her passion for active outdoor adventure lead her all the way to her role at Off the Beaten Path, where she […]
A thousand years ago, Ancestral Puebloans built elaborate, highly engineered settlements and created rock art of human figures and the heavens. Discover the mystery on a journey that delves deeper into the fascinating story with each stop.
This trip back in time begins in Durango, Colorado, where we gather, then head straight for wonder-filled Mesa Verde National Park, host to some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world. By day’s end, we arrive at our inn in Farmington, New Mexico. We’ll greet the morning, then travel the gravel road in to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, where we explore one of the nation’s richest and least developed archaeological sites. Fascinating!
Next, we’ll dip into Arizona, lodging on the edge of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. En route, we’ll take in the Shiprock formation and visit a small Navajo community. We’ll hike to White House Ruin, and have time to relax before dinner. Tomorrow, we delve deep into Canyon de Chelly by jeep, accompanied by a Navajo guide, who shares traditional knowledge and insight.
On the road, we visit Navajo Tribal Headquarters, visit the Navajo National Museum, and take a short hike at El Morro National Monument to see petroglyphs and inscriptions, before ending in Grants, New Mexico.
On our last full day, we make our way to Albuquerque’s Old Town, stopping at Acoma Pueblo, built atop a 367-foot sandstone mesa, one of the oldest communities in the country.
We do our best to absorb all that we’ve learned and seen before flying home from Albuquerque.