Off the Beaten Path: Member Field Trips

Eight Field Trips

“What a weekend! Another memorable adventure including wildlife, amazing vistas, Laumbach-the-laureate of Las Cruces, and lavish lunches. A great mix of learning situations, from the pit houses and petroglyphs at Three Rivers to the windswept deck at the El Camino Real Museum. Each trip builds on the others to provide new depths and context to what we are learning. (I wish I could have overheard the long conversation that Tom and Dan had on ‘why petroglyphs are important.’) Thanks to all of you for providing these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities!”
—Donna Berg, SAR Member

From the mysterious ancient culture of the Gallina to the Mesa Prieta petroglyphs to Wetherill Mesa at Mesa Verde, the member field trip series continued to amaze and delight in 2010–2011. So popular have these trips become, a new policy using a lottery system was instituted this year to ensure that field trip registration is equitable—something we file under the category of a “good problem”.

SAR Vice President John Kantner described a few highlights of the year, such as going behind the scenes at Mesa Verde: “With our expert guide Scott Travis, chief of research and resource management at Mesa Verde, we had exclusive access to Wetherill Mesa. While busloads of tourists were relegated to Chapin Mesa, Scott opened the ‘Area Closed’ gate to us and we were privileged to see places such as Long House Ruin without anyone else there. I’ve never experienced Mesa Verde without hundreds of other people around. Being the only ones there was a truly special experience. Plus, we went to Mug House Ruin, which is never open to the public.”

On the Comanche Gap trip, world-renowned expert on rock art Polly Schaafsma provided a fantastic interpretation of the private rock art panels there, including “some of the most amazing images pecked onto the black rock,” said Kantner.

New registration policy: Most SAR field trips sell out. Please send your field trip requests by mail, by the stated deadline, to be entered into a drawing to ensure that field trip registration is equitable. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration. Check the website or call the SAR membership office for the current schedule and the next date on which trip reservations will be accepted.

July 2010
Gaussoin Metalsmithing Field Trip
Friday, July 23, 2010, 8:45 am–2:45 pm Native Artists Studio Tour Guided by the Gaussoin family, Randy Chitto, and Mateo Romero
August 2010
View of the Ortiz Mountains from Petroglyph Hill Field Trip
Saturday, August 7, 2010, 8:00 am–2:00 pm The Mystery of Burnt Corn Pueblo and Petroglyph Hill This Trip is Sold Out Guided by Dr. James Snead
September 2010
Katsina, Comanche Gap Field Trip
Friday, September 17, 2010, 9:00 am–2:30 pm Spectacular Comanche Gap This Trip is Sold Out Guided by Dr. Polly Schaafsma
October 2010
El Morro Field Trip
Friday, October 8–Saturday, October 9, 2010 El Morro and Zuni Pueblo This Trip is Sold Out Guided by Dr. Jim Kendrick and Randy and Milford Nahohai, with an overnight in Zuni Pueblo
March 2011
Apache Rock Art Field Trip
Friday, March 25–Sunday, March 27, 2011 Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War Trip is Sold Out Overnight in Las Cruces The battle of Hembrillo was the largest confrontation of the Victorio War of 1879, pitting approximately 150 Warm Springs and Mescalero Apache against 300 U.S. Army troops including Buffalo Soldiers and White Mountain Apache Scouts.
April 2011
Archaic and Historic Rock Art in the Rio Grande Gorge Field Trip
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8:30 am–2:00 pm Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs Trip is Sold Out Mesa Prieta is a basalt escarpment located on the west side of the Rio Grande north of Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). Evidence of historic and prehistoric occupation of this area goes back over 9,000 years.
May 2011
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde, 2006 Field Trip
Friday, May 13–Sunday, May 15, 2011 Behind the Scenes at Mesa Verde: Wetherill Mesa Trip is Sold Out Overnight in Mesa Verde National Park Our trip to Wetherill Mesa is more than just a visit to another cliff dwelling. It offers archaeological viewing in near solitude and with an expert guide with life-long experiences working in National Parks that protect Ancestral Puebloan and Basketmaker cultures.
June 2011
SAR Logo Field Trip
Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 am–5:00 pm Following the Fiber Trail Trip is Sold Out The fiber arts of New Mexico encompass both the Hispanic and Native American traditions and are especially important for women, helping them to develop a sustainable future for their families.
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