As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
A thousand years ago, Ancient Puebloans (Anasazi) 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.