Hubbell Art Auction and Canyon de Chelly

Field Trip, (this trip is full and closed to new registration)

Friday, May 3–Monday, May 6, 2013

The historic Hubbell Trading Post is the setting for one of the best art auctions in the West, offering over 400 items created by Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo artists—katsina figurines, pottery, baskets, rugs, jewelry, concho belts, paintings, cradle boards, and much more. The auction offers authenticity and exceptional value.

In addition to the day-long auction event at Hubbell, we will accompany National Park Service archaeologist Keith Lyons on a full-day jeep tour of Canyon del Muerto, deep inside the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This will be a special behind-the-scenes visit to several of the archaeological and cultural treasures of the park, encompassing Native American history from Basketmaker to Ancestral Puebloan to Navajo people who live and farm in the canyon today. Lyons, who has spent nine years in the park, will share his knowledge of the archaeology as well as the complexity of managing the ecological and cultural aspects of this dynamic landscape.

Our last morning in the park will be spent hiking the 2½-mile (roundtrip) trail into Canyon de Chelly to visit the While House Ruins. This is a memorable hike, as you descend 600 feet from the canyon rim to the valley floor. We will pass Navajo sheepherders, peach orchards, and hogans before wading across the river to reach the white-walled ruins.

Activity Level: Moderately strenuous, our full-day tour in Canyon del Muerto will utilize 4WD vehicles driven by Antelope House Tours. The tour is a bouncy, off-road experience with many stream crossings and climbs up river embankments through sand and mud. We will also hike into side canyons away from the vehicles throughout the day. The morning hike to White House Ruin will involve a 2½-mile (roundtrip) trek on an uneven surface, descending and climbing 600 feet along the canyon wall.

Cost (per person): $550 (double occupancy), $745 (single occupancy). Includes three nights’ accommodations at the historic Thunderbird Lodge in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, tour of the Hubbell Trading Post, outdoor barbeque dinner the  rst night, and a full-day guided jeep tour in the park with lunch. Not covered: Transportation to the Hubbell Trading Post and Canyon de Chelly National Monument from your home. Most meals are not included, with the exception of the barbeque dinner and lunch during the guided canyon tour. There will be traditional Navajo food vendors at the Hubbell Art Auction, and there is a cafeteria-style café built into an 1898 trading post at the Thunderbird Lodge.

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