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Ancient Sites, Ancient Waters – G191034

Workshop ID: G191034
Dates: October 13 - October 19
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

Venture to ancient pueblos along the Rio Chama, and marvel at petroglyphs by the Rio Grande. Hike into a magnificent 13th century Puebloan settlement set high on a mesa overlooking La Jolla and Abiquiu Lake. Soak at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, where the inhabitants of Posi-Owinge soaked in the 1300 and 1400s. Daily hikes are moderate to strenuous. Evening gatherings planned.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Martha Yates

Martha Yates, Ph.D. lives in Vallecitos, NM. Martha is a professional archaeologist working as an interpretive guide and teacher. She is a published poet, leader of writing groups, photographer and scholar, and teaches classes for colleges, universities and public schools. She can


To download a PDF of the welcome letter and itinerary, please click here: Yates Ancient Sites Welcome Letter Itinerary

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the 2019 Ghost Ranch Ancient Sites, Ancient Waters class. I’m your instructor and guide during this week. I’ve been an archaeologist and teacher in the Southwest for over 25 years. This includes my work as District Archaeologist on the Santa Fe National Forest where the Chief of the US Forest Service presented to me and the district the National Windows on the Past Award for exceptional public interpretation of an archaeological site.

Our class will be visiting ancient pueblos along the Rio Chama and petroglyph sites on the Rio Grande. Other adventures this week: hikes to Puebloan settlements and to Posi-Owinge pueblo, where people of the 1300 and 1400s used the nearby hot springs of Ojo Caliente, which we will have the opportunity to soak in.

At least one day will be spent at the ranch so you will have the chance to visit the museums, go on the Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour, or the other tours offered at the Ranch – History, Paleontology or Archaeology tours. Please call 505-685-1000 to make reservations for these tours. There is an extra charge for the O’Keeffe tour.

Some hikes are easy to moderate; two are strenuous. It will always be your choice which of our hikes you wish to go on. I’ll be doing presentations to give background on the history and cultures of northern New Mexico. If there is bad weather there are good alternatives accessible by paved road.

Which reminds me to ask you to bring a raincoat, warm clothes, and good hiking shoes. The temperatures will be anywhere from the 40-70s, and this time of year there can be rain and cold weather.

Please bring with you:


3 one-liter reusable water bottles

Day pack

Good hiking shoes or boots

Sun screen and sun hat

Clothes for sunny and rainy weather.

To bring a warm jacket is always advised.

A bathing suit to use at the Hot Springs

A  small flashlight to carry with you at the Ranch at night

If you have a Senior Pass to the National Parks, please bring that along.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check-out on the day of departure is 10:00 am. Dinner is from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. After dinner on your day of arrival we will have orientation at 7:00 pm. You will learn our meeting location when you check in at the Ghost Ranch Welcome Center.

I have asked Ghost Ranch to attach the itinerary to this letter.

I look forward to meeting you soon. Please email me ( or call me at 575-582-4233 (h) if you have any questions. Also you can call my cell: 505-690-2661.

With Best Wishes,


Martha Yates, Ph.D.

575-582-4233 (home) Oct 4-8

505-690-2661 (cell)



Arrival Day

3:00 pm (or later): Check In

  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner

  6:45 pm: Orientation

Monday October 14 

Field Trip

7:30 am-8:30 am: Breakfast/Pick up sack lunches

9:00 am: Depart for Tsankawi Pueblo from behind

the dining hall

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Arrive back at GR

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner

Free Evening 

Tuesday October 15 

Field Trip

7:30 am-8:30 am: Breakfast/Pick up sack lunches

9:00 am: Depart for Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs from behind the dining hall

4:00 pm: Arrive back at GR

5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Dinner          

Free evening

Wednesday October 16 

At the Ranch/Background Presentations

7:30 am-8:30 am: Breakfast   

9:00 am-Noon: Background Presentations

Noon-1:00 pm: Lunch

Free Afternoon and Evening

(you can hike, tour the museums, use the library, or do the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour ($37/person at 1:30pm. For the O’Keeffe tour, please make a reservation at the Welcome Center desk)

Thursday October 17 

Field Trip

7:30-8:3 0am: Breakfast/Pick up sack lunches

8:30 am: Depart for Tsipin-Owinge Pueblo from behind

the dining hall

5:00 pm: Arrive back at GR

5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Dinner

Free evening

Friday October 18 

Field Trip (Bring your bathing suits)

7:30-8:30 am: Breakfast/Pick up sack lunches

9:00 am: Depart for Posi-Owinge and Ojo Hot Springs

from behind the dining hall

4:00 pm: Arrive back at GR

5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Dinner     

6:45 pm: Farewell meeting

Saturday October 19


10:00 am: Check out

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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