Exploring Cultural Landscapes in the Land of Enchantment

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We begin our journey into the unique cultural landscapes of New Mexico with a private tour of the Place of the Red Willows, now known as Taos Pueblo.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest inhabited dwellings in the United States. While we dine on nouveau New Mexican cuisine, we’ll learn about The Trust for Public Land’s conservation partnerships throughout the “land of enchantment.”

Following two nights at the elegant El Monte Sagrado in Taos, we’ll relocate to the Inn of the Five Graces, a Relais & Châteaux luxury property in downtown Santa Fe.

On our way, we’ll explore historic pueblo cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument and learn how The Trust for Public Land is helping preserve this irreplaceable heritage site.

That evening, we will attend the Santa Fe Opera featuring Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Before the performance, we dine at the opera’s Cantina restaurant, where a lecturer introduces the evening’s program. The opera’s striking outdoor theater commands a nearly 360-degree panorama, from the Jemez Mountains to the west to the Sangre de Cristo range to the east.

Near Santa Fe, we experience the serenity of the Santuario de Chimayo, a shrine built in 1814 and known as the “Lourdes of America.” Towering cottonwoods shade the Santuario and offer seclusion and rest to devoted pilgrims who arrive by foot from Mexico each year. Surrounding the shrine are low, rolling hills that once served as pastures for Spanish settlers and that The Trust for Public Land has now protected.

That evening, we will dine at The Shed, recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for its northern New Mexican dishes.

We will wind up our trip with a gourmet picnic lunch from the farmers market at the Santa Fe Railyard Park Plaza—rated one of the nation’s top ten farmers markets by gourmet guru Alice Waters. Working with the community, The Trust for Public Land transformed a long-neglected 50-acre railyard into this vibrant park and plaza at the heart of a now bustling business and residential district.

Event details

August 5, 2018 to August 10, 2018
Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico

Contact information

Hilary Mulligan
Travel Program Manager