JTL Consulting, LLC - New Mexico Remagined,  Chimayo Custom Designs, Create a Custom Rosary, JTL Techical Services 2017
New Mexico Reimagined at Star Ranch, Chimayo, NM
Home Overview B&B JTL Tech Custom Jewelry Custom Rosaries Blog Contact Us
ACOMA & THE MALPAIS The tour will begin by driving west on the path of historic Route 66 to Acoma: The Sky City.  Acoma Pueblo is built atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff.  Since 1150 AD,  Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America.  Native guides will take you around their ancient community and tell you about the history of their people.  We will also visit the  Haak’u Museum of Acoma culture. For lunch, experience a taste of Acoma culture at the Y'aak’a Café, located within the Sky City Cultural Center. Y'aak’a means "corn" in Keres, the language of Acoma.  Corn was farmed by the Acomans for centuries and has sustained the Acoma people for hundreds of years and is intertwined with religious ceremonies and art.  The Y'aak’a Café offers a diverse menu of Acoma traditional foods as well as contemporary American dishes. From man’s work to nature’s majesty, your next stop is at the Bandera Volcano and Ice Caves.  Bandera volcano is 800 ft. in depth and rose up in volcanic fury some 10,000 years ago. It is one of the most easily accessible and most recent volcanoes in the country.  If you are a decent hiker, you will have time to hike both to the rim of Bandera crater and hike to the natural ice caves that have formed in an ancient lava tube nearby. The ice caves temperature naturally never rises above 31 F.  If someone in your party cannot hike at all, they can rest at the nice gift center and cafe on site, or if the entire group agrees, we can skip this stop and see more features of the next site. You will finish up your day at the Malpais National Monument where pitch black lava flows form unworldly rock formations everywhere you look.  The primeval black basalt terrain of El Malpais was created by volcanic forces over the past million years. Molten lava spread out over the high desert from dozens of eruptions to create cinder cones, shield volcanoes, collapses, trenches, caves, and other eerie formations. This stark landscape preserves one of the best continuous geologic records of volcanism on the planet.  The lava fields are bounded by immense sandstone bluffs that have weathered into other worldly formations, including the huge natural arch at La Ventana At the end you the day you can relax and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the Sky City Casino, owned by the Acoma people, with time enough to enjoy a few games of chance before the long ride home. Our itinerary (with approximate times) for this tour is: 6:30am Assemble at Star Ranch or pick up point 7:00 Departure point to Acoma 9:30 Guided tour of Acoma & Museum Visit 11:30 Lunch at Y'aak’a Café 1:45 Bandera Volcano & Ice Cave 3:30 The Malpais Lava Flows & Sandstone Cliffs 6:30 Buffet Dinner & Gaming at Sky City Casino 9:30pm Arrive at Star Ranch or Pick Up Point NOTE: Video cameras are NOT allowed at Acoma Pueblo. You must comply with all photography restrictions while touring the pueblo.  NOTE:  We will attempt to visit the exact venues listed above.   We may have to substitute different, but comparable, venues  without notice.

Cost: $279



Age 6-12


Under 6*

Lunch and dinner and snacks are provided with the tour.  Please eat breakfast before you depart or bring something to eat for breakfast with you. * If including a small child requires us to use a second vehicle or rent a larger vehicle, there will be an additional charge for a small child.  

Customize Your Tour

If this tour is almost, but not exactly, what you’re looking for, click below to learn how to customize a tour designed especially for you and your group. 
Western New Mexico Customize Your Tour

For Your Comfort

Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a light jacket, and dress in layers.  Outside temperatures can vary widely with season, time of day, and elevation. Each participant will be given a Star Ranch water bottle, and water to refill the bottle will be available during the entire tour.
Reserve Your Tour More Information Read the Fine Print See More Photos