Mesa Verde National Park • Bandelier National Monument • Tsankawi • Abiquiu • Santa Fe

Though hundreds of miles apart, the places listed above belong together as components of a distinct regional identity. Aboriginal Americans live in the same area as their ancestors in greater numbers here than anywhere else in the United States, and the blend of Hispanic, Anglo, and Pueblo Indian cultures creates a completely unique atmosphere.

Mesa Verde National Park

The peak of the early Pueblo culture is on display at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park is the perfect example of the impromptu theme of this portion of the Epic American West Tour. "Culture old and new" defines this section of the trip.

Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument started out as a cave community on a hillside, but then grew in a very distinctive way.

Bandelier National Monument

Early community planning resulted in the circular pueblo that once existed at Bandelier National Monument. The Kiva (right) is a restored version, but the choice of site is original.

Tsankawi Cave Home

Tsankawi at Bandelier National Monument


Cave entrances dot the hillside, and soft rock records the footsteps of many generations. Cave living may have been simple, but the benefits could include a rather fine view.

Chama River and St. Thomas Church

Chama River and St. Thomas Church, Abiquiu New Mexico

Abiquiu New Mexico

Easily visible from the side of the highway, and just a few miles from the community of Abiquiu (Optional excursion on Northbound Tours), this iconic view of the Chama River will be familiar to fans of Georgia O'Keefe. The underlying prosperity of the very small and private town of Abiquiu is evident in the beautiful condition of St. Thomas The Apostle Parish Church.

Santa Fe Plaza

The San Miguel Mission, and three views of the Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico is simply a great town; filled with art, crafts, great food, historic buildings and an amazing range of museums.


Destinations by Area

Northern Segment

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Aspen Area

Southern Segment

Utah Parks

Arizona & Utah

Santa Fe Area - You are here

Carlsbad Cavern National Park