Registration for excursions must occur during Advance Registration. If a guest is accompanying a registered attendee on an excursion, the guest must be registered (as a guest) and must also purchase an excursion ticket. Attendees may be accompanied only by adult guests on the excursions.
In order for an excursion to go forward, the bus must be filled during the advance registration process. Please sign up soon!
All participants in SAA excursions will be required to sign a release of claims prior to boarding the bus. No participant will be able to board without a completed release of claims form. The forms will be in your registration packet as well as available from staff at the time you board. A sample form is included here for your information.
I agree and acknowledge that I am participating in the [name of tour] (“Tour”) on my own accord. I give this acknowledgement freely and knowingly and I represent and warrant to you that I am physically and mentally fit and that, as a result, able to participate, and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being.
I am fully aware that possible physical injury might occur to me as a result of my participation, and I agree to assume the full risk, including risk which is not specifically foreseeable, of any injuries, including death, damages, or loss regardless of severity, which I may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with or associated with the Tour.
In consideration of the right to participate in the Tour, I hereby waive any and all rights or claims I may have as a result of participation in the Tour against the Society for American Archaeology and their respective directors, officers, employees, members, staff, and all individuals assisting in instructing and conducting these activities, and I hereby fully release and discharge them from any and all claims resulting from injuries, including death, damages, or loss, which may accrue to me or my heirs arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in the Tour.
I further agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Society for American Archaeology, and their respective directors, officers, employees, members, staff, and all individuals assisting in instructing and conducting these activities, from any and all claims resulting from injuries, including death, damages, or loss, which may accrue to me or my heirs arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in the Tour.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; minimum 40–maximum 49 persons; $67.00
Your destination today is Acoma Pueblo, known as “Sky City,” located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico. Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archaeologists put the initial occupation of the Pueblo around AD 1150. The first Europeans, led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, first visited Acoma in 1540.
A Pueblo member will take you on a ¾-mile leisurely guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest include San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all the Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. All building materials for the church and other structures in the village were carried or hauled great distances by hand up the steep slope of the mesa. The 360-degree views from Acoma are breathtaking and offer many photo opportunities. The tour includes a camera permit, but note that video cameras, digital video cameras, and binoculars are prohibited.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Pecos National Monument
7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; minimum 40–maximum 49 persons; $72.00
Pecos National Historical Park is located just east of Santa Fe in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It encompasses thousands of acres of landscape infused with historical elements, from prehistoric archaeological ruins to 19th-century ranches, the remnants of an old Spanish church, and beautiful landscapes. Its largest single feature is Pecos Pueblo, a Native American community abandoned in historic times. First a state monument in 1935, it was made Pecos National Monument in 1965, and greatly enlarged and renamed in 1990. Two sites within the park, the pueblo and the Glorieta Pass Battlefield are National Historic Landmarks. Here you will travel back in time to the once-populated Pecos Pueblo and take a walking tour of the ancestral sights.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Petroglyph National Monument
8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; minimum 40–maximum 49 persons; $45.00
Petroglyph National Monument stretches 17 miles along Albuquerque’s West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment that dominates the city’s western horizon. This unique site protects a variety of cultural and natural resources, including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites, and an estimated 25,000 images that have been pecked, chiseled, or carved into the volcanic rock surface by native peoples and early Spanish settlers. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands, and crosses; others are more complex. Their meaning, possibly understood only by the carver, is inseparable from the greater cultural landscape and from the spirits of the people who created them. These people, who lived along the Rio Grande River for many centuries, come alive again through these images carved on the shiny black rocks and provide glimpses into a 12,000-year-long story of human life in the area.
Bandelier National Monument
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; minimum 40–maximum 49 persons; $79.00
Head to Bandelier National Monument, which is best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. This fascinating archaeological site, situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, encompasses over 32,000 acres of wilderness crisscrossed by 60 miles of maintained trails. The Park was designated in 1916 and named for nineteenth-century archaeologist Adolph Bandelier. Frijoles Canyon is famous for its extensive Ancestral Pueblo People ruins and cliff dwellings that date back to approximately AD 1100. The Ancestral Pueblo People farmed this canyon for over 400 years and lived in multi-storied stone and mud structures or in caves carved out of the volcanic cliffs. Here, you will enjoy climbing the ladders into the caves and kivas. Boxed lunches will be provided