The beauty of  the high desert stone and adobe cities of Taos and Santa Fe; the allure of opera performed under a starry night; the idyllic pleasure of exploring picturesque streets loaded with ambiance and history; and most of all, attending a ceremonial festival that lightens the spirit.  You’ll experience it all if you join me for the 2014 Taos Pow Wow.The Pow Wow, held annually on sacred Taos Pueblo land, is a social gathering of multiple Indian Nations coming together to honor Native American culture through dancing, singing and drumming.  Dancers, attired in incredible traditional regalia, compete for significant prize money in a diverse array of competitive dances ranging from the serene jingle and shawl dances performed by women, to exhilarating war dances by the men.  Juried dancing is interspersed with intertribal dances which are a feast for the eyes as participants “strut their stuff.”

Taking place beneath the towering Taos Mountain, the Pow Wow is set in a series of circles.  The inner circle is for the dancing.  Surrounding the dance area is a structure made of tree boughs under which the drumming teams, families, friends and spectators can sit to watch the festivities.  Beyond this circle, vendors set up their booths, offering an array of Native American foods and fine crafts.

Watching the dancing and listening to the drumming is a moving experience, one that will remain in your heart for years to come.  So join me for this unique and memorable happening.

Pre-Trip Planning
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Trip Itinerary

Thursday, July 10

  • Arrive Albuquerque Airport

Transport to Santa Fe (approximately 1 hour)
Welcome Dinner
Overnight Santa Fe
Friday, July 11

  • Santa Fe

Morning Walking Tour of Santa Fe

Southwestern lunch

Free afternoon to visit local museums or shop

Cocktails and Dinner

Santa Fe Opera performance of Carmen (optional)

Overnight Santa Fe

Saturday, Jul 12

  • Scenic Drive to Taos

Taos Pow Wow 12 noon – 9 pm
10 am-2 pm — Dance & Drum Contest
12:30 pm — Drum Roll Call
1 pm-5 pm — Dance Competition Begins; Intertribal Dancing
5 pm —  Supper Break
6:30 pm —  Drum Roll Call
8 pm — Dance Competition Begins; Intertribal Dancing

Overnight Taos
Sunday, July 13

  • Choice of activities

Taos Pow Wow in the morning
10 am-12 noon — Gourd Dancing
12:30 pm —  Drum Roll Call
2 pm —  Final Dance Competitions; Intertribal Dancing

Afternoon on your own

Farewell Dinner

Overnight Taos


Guided Tour of Taos historic sites in the morning

Visit to Rio Grande Gorge

Shopping on your own

Monday, July 14

  • Depart for ABQ airport and home


  • The Santa Fe opera is optional and ticket costs will depend on availability

This is a trip for travelers who enjoy some group activities and some time for independent exploration.   Not all meals are included.  Please review  trip costs for details.

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At A Glance

 Dates                                     July 10 – July 14, 2014

Length of trip                       4 days

Pricing Per Person

4 – 6 travelers                        $ 1,150

Single Supplement               $    350

 Activity level

  This is a low activity trip.  Some leisurely walking is involved.



    • All Accommodations
    • Ground transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan
    • Welcome and Farewell dinners, including wine
    • Guided tours in Taos and Santa Fe
    • Entrance fees to the Taos Pow Wow



    • Flights to Albuquerque Airport
    • Entrance fees to museums not included on the guided tours
    • Opera tickets
    • All beverages with the exception of wine for the Welcome and Farewell dinners.
    • Gratuities to guides.