Field Trips

Only SAR members may sign up for the School’s popular field trips, which are offered on seasonal schedules throughout the year and range from half-day trips to adventures lasting several days.

Learn more about SAR’s field trips in the For Members section.

Fall 2014 Field Trips

August 2014
Satellite image of Valles Caldera Field Trip
Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Archaeology and Geology of the Valles Caldera Trip Leaders: Ana Steffen and Kirt Kempter Join us for an insightful and exclusive trip into the heart of the Valles Caldera National Preserve with Cultural Resources Coordinator Ana Steffen and geologist Kirt Kempter. Known for its distinctive caldera rim, expansive grasslands with elk herds, and its cultural importance to local pueblos, the Valles Caldera has developed an allure that makes visitors want to return time and time again to seek out its solitude and beauty.
September 2014
Eagle Trap Field Trip
Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Burnt Mesa Pueblo and Eagle Traps Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Robert Powers Burnt Mesa, above Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Park, was ravaged by the 1977 La Mesa Fire, which changed the visual landscape of Bandelier’s northern boundary. The once-prominent ponderosa forest has transitioned into grass and shrubs, which have attracted elk into the park. This open landscape has allowed visitors to more easily notice the numerous rock mound sites signifying Ancestral Puebloan life on the mesa.
Llama packing to Rainbow Bridge Field Trip
Monday, September 29–Saturday, October 4, 2014, Trip limited to 10 participants
Extraordinary Adventure: Navajo Mountain to Rainbow Bridge Trip leader: Kimberly Spurr On the northern edge of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Mountain rises to 10,388 feet. Geologically unique as an isolated laccolithic dome, the mountain towers above 1,500-foot deep canyons and breath-taking contours of Navajo sandstone. This spectacular and remote country on the Utah and Arizona border provides a unique opportunity to explore a rarely visited part of the Colorado Plateau, which contains a wealth of archaeological pre-history and contemporary Navajo cultural history.
October 2014
Governor Bent Field Trip
Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Rebellion in Taos: the Uprising of 1847 Trip Leader: Robert J. Tórrez The years 1846 and 1847 were volatile times in New Mexico, particularly in Taos and Taos Pueblo. On January 19, 1847, Governor Bent, his brother-in-law, and four US-appointed local officials were murdered in Taos. The revolt against the newly instituted US authorities quickly spread to Mora and other communities in northern New Mexico.
Guaje Ruin Kiva in 2005 Field Trip
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Guaje Canyon: Archaeology and Fire on the Pajarito Plateau Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Dr. Craig Allen One extensive group of ruins that we will visit lies on the high, narrow mesa north of Guaje Canyon. Here, at least seven ruins are spread along the crest of the mesa, including five kivas that are carved into the tufa bedrock. A string of fifty cavate rooms are found along the base of the canyon, which were accessible to the mesa village by hand- and toe-holds and carved stairs.

Spring 2014 Field Trips

April 2014
SAR Logo Field Trip
Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
(this trip is full and closed to new registration)
Classic Period Pueblos of San Juan Mesa Trip Leaders: Michael Bremer and Chris Toya From the 14th century into the early historic period the ancestors of the modern Pueblo of Jemez lived and farmed the mesas above the Rio Jemez. Living in large pueblos acting as community centers with extensive networks of field houses and agriculture fields the population thrived in an environment that looked very different from the ponderosa pine forest we see today.
May 2014
Ancestral Navajo Field Trip
Thursday, May 1–Saturday, May 3, 2014
(this trip is full and closed to new registration)
Ancestral Navajo: Rock Art and Pueblitos de Dinétah Trip Leader: Larry Baker The remote landscape of northwestern New Mexico is known as Dinétah by the Navajo people. Scattered in this ancestral Navajo homeland are small defensive sites— pueblitos— that the Navajos constructed in the eighteenth century to protect themselves from slaving raids by neighboring Utes.
SAR Logo Field Trip
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 am–3:30 pm
(this trip is full and closed to new registration)
The Tewa World: Posi-Ouinge and Santa Clara Pueblo Trip Leaders: Kurt Anschuetz and Porter Swentzell The Tewa people have lived in northern New Mexico for centuries, including the modern villages of Santa Clara, Okhay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Pojoaque, and Nambe Pueblos. The ancestral villages of the Tewa are scattered along the tributaries of the Rio Chama and Rio Grande, including the archaeological site called “Posi-Ouinge” located near Ojo Caliente.

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