National Council for Geographic Education


We have several great trips lined up. Please remember that Albuquerque, NM will be hot his time of year. Please dress accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen and water. Most trips involve some walking, so please make sure to have proper footwear. You can sign up for a trip when you register for the conference, or if already registered, follow the link on the title to the store directly. 



Santa Fe: Northern New Mexico, A Place of Artist Inspiration    

Time: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Description: The beauty of Northern New Mexico inspires many artists to create beautiful works of art. View New Mexico vistas as you ride the Rail Runner train north to Santa Fe. Follow a docent led tour at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and learn more about how New Mexico locations inspired her art. Pick from many downtown options for lunch on your own. Then walk across the Santa Fe Plaza to tour the many and diverse galleries along the famous Canyon Road. From traditional to contemporary, explore the variety of art on display in this one special place. Hop the Rail Runner back to Albuquerque. Walking required. Hat, sunscreen, and water recommended.

Cost: $75 (includes admissions fees) 

*Lunch and dinner on own



Santa Fe: The Cultural Crossroads  

Time: 6:45 AM – 10:30 PM

Description: Santa Fe is home to Native American, Spanish, and Anglo cultures. The intersection of these cultures over a long history, all contribute to current day New Mexico. After a ride on the NM Rail Runner train, enjoy the guided walking tour of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. After lunch on your own, a guided tour at the NM History Museum and Palace of the Governors will explain more about the cultural history. You will have time to choose to visit the Native American artists selling their jewelry and pottery on the Plaza, visit the historic churches, or take in a little Santa Fe retail therapy. Grab a bite to eat on your own and wind down the day listening to live music at the Plaza Bandstand. Then a walk back to the train station to hop back on the Rail Runner train returning you to Albuquerque. Walking required. Hat, sunscreen, and water recommended. Restaurant and train schedule information provided. This will be a long day. If you wish to go back early, the Rail Runner is available for earlier departures and you will need to secure your own transportation from the train station to the hotel. A bus back to the hotel will only be available at 10:30pm.

Cost: $90 (admissions fees) 

*Lunch and dinner on own 


Ancient to Modern: Pueblo Culture in Northern New Mexico

Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Guide: Dorothy Cassetta, Texas Alliance for Geographic Education 

Description: Explore the cultural heritage of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and the landscape that has helped to shape those cultures. Leaving from Albuquerque, we will pass through several of the Southern and Northern Pueblos on our way to Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A short stop will allow us to view the Rift Valley of the Rio Grande. Upon arriving at Taos, participants take a guided tour of the Pueblo and will be able to visit with local artisans. A stop at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge provides a close-up view of the Rift, before traveling on to Bandelier National Monument to view sites of the Ancestral Puebloans. There will be time at Bandelier to explore the physical environment and cultural artifacts. The journey back to Albuquerque will take us past the Valles Caldera, an extinct super volcano, whose bowl has been home to wildlife, Native Americans and ranchers. Much of the day will be spent above 7000’ elevation. A box lunch is provided. Participants should bring sunscreen, a hat, and water. NOTE: this trip visits Taos Pueblo on a religious feast day, pictures and video will not be permitted. Cell phones and tablets will need to remain on the bus during that stop.

Costs: $145 (Box lunch included)


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Geology Field Experience 

Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Guide: Kirt Kempter, geologist 

Description: The giant hoodoos of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument reflect the deposition and erosion of natural forces that have been shaping this landscape for millennia. This field trip includes a 3-mile hike (round trip) along the Canyon Trail providing spectacular views of slot canyons, tent structures, and culminating with a broad vista of the surrounding area. Participants will learn about the volcanic history of Bearhead volcano, active ~7 million years ago and responsible for many of the unique deposits now sculpted by erosion in the Tent Rocks area. View the layered deposits of the various volcanic flows and see the evidence of geologic faults. Our guide is field geologist, Kirt Kempter, a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, now living in Santa Fe, NM. Kirt has led educational tours through geologically rich national parks of the West as well as authored maps, explanatory guides, and interpretive descriptions of northern New Mexico. Tent Rocks NM is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The trail is steep in parts. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes. The weather is apt to be sunny and hot. Elevation change on the hike is 700+/- feet near 7,000 ft elevation. Hat, sunscreen, and water recommended.

Cost:  $70 (Box lunch included )



More to come....