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Pre-Conference Tours
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Fee: $99

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The historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise. During its heyday in the 1880s Cerrillos boasted twenty-one saloons, and four hotels. A renewed spirit has brought art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants to these towns.

Upon arrival in Santa Fe you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Attendees will have lunch on their own at one of the many restaurants in the Plaza area. Your guide will provide maps and offer suggestions. After lunch you may continue to explore on your own or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

Georgia O’Keeffe
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration Fee: $179

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“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine.” In this way Georgia O’Keeffe described her instant love for northern New Mexico, a love that lasted the rest of her life. The time was 1917, the event was a trip O’Keeffe and her sister Claudia took to New Mexico and Colorado from their home in Canyon, Texas. Yet it was 12 years before O’Keeffe returned to New Mexico and even longer before she found her way into the beautiful valley that would eventually become her summer home.

Enjoy a day dedicated to one of the most illustrious residents of New Mexico – Georgia O’Keeffe. Travel north to Santa Fe for a docent guided tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of this important twentieth century master and to the study and interpretation of American Modernism. It houses a permanent collection of more than 130 works of art.

Continue to Ghost Ranch for a guided landscape tour of the area Georgia O’Keeffe loved, explored, painted, and lived in for over fifty years. Tour the landscape of Ghost Ranch and see through your own eyes the scenes and actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. The shining red and yellow cliffs of the Piedra Lumre, the black trails of waterfalls against canyon walls, and her beloved Pedernal Mountain… interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu. You will have lunch at Ghost Ranch before the landscape tour.

Note: The landscape tour has a capacity of fifteen people per tour. While part of our group is on the landscape tour, other guests may enjoy a tour of the museum at Ghost Ranch or of the property with a docent, take a hike to Chimney Rock, or just relax and enjoy the tranquility and magnificent views of Pedernal Mountain in the distance.


Sightseeing Tours
Friday, August 25, 2017

Tour 1: Santa Fe
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

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Travel I-25 north to Santa Fe for a quick visit. Upon arrival you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

Tour 2: Sandia Peak Tram
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

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Travel east to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains for a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, one of the world’s longest free-span cable tramways! The 2.7-mile tramway ride to the top will take you through four of the seven life zones found in North America. Traversing these zones is equivalent to taking a trip from Mexico City to Alaska! Once atop Sandia Peak, at an elevation of 10,378 feet above sea level, you will marvel at the thousands of square miles of breathtaking scenery and panoramic views in all directions.

Your final destination is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a Duke City landmark dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. It showcases the lifeways and culture of the indigenous inhabitants of New Mexico. The Center has a museum, gallery and gift shop.
of the Pueblo Indians. There is also a museum, gallery and gift shop.

NOTE: In the event of high winds or severe weather the tram reserves the right to suspend operations.

Tour 3: Tent Rocks
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

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Spend time with a geologist and learn how Tent Rocks National Monument came to be. Located on land managed jointly by Cochiti Pueblo and the Bureau of Land Management, Tent Rocks is a truly unique geological site that features massive, cone-shaped formations that hug the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon. Left over from eruptions in the Jemez volcanic field 6 million to 7 million years ago, these formations are wind and water eroded pumice and tuff deposits topped by erosion-resistant caprocks that protect the softer pillars below. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet. No other national park or national monument in the western United States illustrates more dramatically the geologic aspects of faulting, volcanic activity, and infilling by sediment and groundwater.  A 1.5-mile trek up a narrow canyon with a steep (630-ft) climb to the mesa top for excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. Trails are maintained.

Sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended. Water is provided.

Tour 4: Hot Air Balloon Ride
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration Fee: $199

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Hour long hot air balloon ride over the Famous Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.


Post-Conference Tours
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Churches of Chimayo
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Fee: $119

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This morning we will head north to the historic village of Chimayo that dates from the seventeenth century. There is no better place in the state to experience the ecclesiastical history, architecture, and art of these settlers than Chimayo. Its most famous landmark is a venerable religious shrine, the Santuario de Chimayo. This beautiful adobe chapel with twin bell towers was erected in 1816 by Don Bernardo de Abeyta over earth that is said to have miraculous healing qualities, that for centuries attracted ancient Indians and then Hispano settlers to this revered place. The many objects left by pilgrims give moving testimony to the power of faith, and the church interior and altar screens are exquisite examples of early 19th century religious folk art masters.

Lunch will be at the landmark Rancho de Chimayo restaurant, known for its traditional northern New Mexico cuisine.

A short walk from the Santuario is the Santo Niño (Holy Child) Chapel, which is built in the traditional northern New Mexico style using adobe wall spanned by great wooden vigas (beams) and rough stone floors. The chapel has recently been renovated and filled with stunning works of contemporary art, including exquisite wood carvings.

The weavers of Chimayo have produced the colorful and decorative Rio Grande textiles for centuries. You will visit a weaver’s workshop and see them at work. Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

High Road to Taos
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Registration Fee: $139

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Early morning departure for Taos on the Camino Alto, or High Road, through the scenic grandeur of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains past villages that date from the Spanish Colonial era. Arrive in Taos, a picturesque town nestled against the highest mountain peaks in New Mexico at 7,000 feet above sea level. The unsurpassed light of northern New Mexico has drawn artists to this picturesque city since the end of the nineteenth century, and today it is home to many outstanding museums and galleries.

First stop in Taos is the Rio Grande Gorge for a photo op, followed by a visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum, which houses an outstanding historical collections of Native American jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and weavings; Hispanic textiles, metalwork, sculpture; and a wide range of contemporary Southwestern art. The museum’s superb setting, with spectacular views of the many-hued Sangre de Cristo mountains, and its gracious adobe architecture, combining a historic Taos, New Mexico house with elegant additions designed by renowned architect Nathaniel Owings, add to the pleasure of visiting this Taos, New Mexico museum treasure.

Lunch on your own in the historic Plaza area before visiting the multistoried Taos Pueblo at the northern edge of town. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Pueblo dates from the fourteenth century and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America.

Note: Taos Pueblo reserves the right to schedule unannounced closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat and use sunscreen.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration Fee: $199

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Hour long hot air balloon ride over the Famous Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.


Post FAM Tours

Las Cruces FAM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Thursday, August 31, 2017

Registration Fees:
Tour Operators – Complimentary
Suppliers & Guests – $100

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Nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces, New Mexico brings visitors face-to-face with world-class Mexican food, unique special events, historic attractions and three national monuments. The city is a blend of unique attractions, culture, historical sites and superb year-round weather with 320 days of sunshine per year! While on the SYTD Post FAM Tour, you will enjoy a taste of southwest New Mexico along with a “Spaceport America Behind-the-Scenes” Tour and a “Chile Farm-to-Table” experience, as well as other authentic and indigenous attractions. You will get a first-hand experience of the City of the Crosses!

Tucson FAM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Friday, September 1, 2017

Registration Fees:
Tour Operators – Complimentary
Suppliers & Guests – $300

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Science, Spanish, Stories, & Song in Tucson! Explore student tour options in Tucson related to science, Spanish, history, performing arts and more. You are sure to be happily surprised by all the student tour options in this destination.

PLEASE NOTE: All tours require a minimum capacity in order to take place. If the minimums are not reached, the tours will be cancelled. All registrants will be notified by June 15 if a tour is cancelled. Any payments received will be refunded without penalty or applied to another tour of your choice.

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