Native American Series of Tours

I am pleased to announce that Sinclair Travel Center of Mesa, Arizona has accepted ten of my tours to Indian Country for their winter and spring group touring schedule.  They are providing all sales.  Call Louise at 480-981-3795 to make reservations soon.


Besh Ba Gowah Luminaria

Festival of Lights at Besh Ba Gowah   December 20   Enjoy an afternoon/evening tour to Globe AZ to celebrate amongst the 12th Century Pueblo Ruins and experience mesmerizing Apache dancers, flute music, & storytellers.  Dinner is included as well as brief tours in the mining towns of Globe & Miami.   $99pp


 The Heard MuseumDay Tour of The Heard Museum January 21  Tour the museum’s finest art pieces to tell the past and present stories of Southwestern Native People.  See a spectacular display of 400 Hopi Katsina Dolls, a  Navajo Hogan, the outdoor Veterans Memorial, and more. Lunch is included at the museum’s Courtyard Cafe specializing in native cuisine.    $99pp

Santa Fe Red Chilis

Santa Fe Art & Culinary Tour  January 27-30 In Santa Fe, you will stay at the exquisite Inn of the Governors and explore art from centuries old treasures to contemporary works.  Tour the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Palace of Governors, the Loretto Chapel, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the International Folk Art Museum. The distinctive cuisine of Santa Fe includes a blend of Native American and Mexican foods.  You enjoy a cooking demo at the Santa Fe School of Cooking $599pp (add $150 for single)


Pueblo Grande Ruins

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park   February 26 This day tour includes a visit to the largest archeological park in Phoenix to see the ruins of the ancient Hohokam people but also includes a Public Art Tour via the Phoenix Sky Harbor Sky Train, the Tempe Center for the Arts, and a yummy lunch.    $79pp

Fort Apache Historic Buildings

The White Mountain Apache Experience   March 4 & 5    Hold onto your seat as we drive through the winding Salt River Canyon which seperates the San Carlos and White Mountain Apache Tribes.  Then enjoy a private tour of the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center in Central Arizona.  The museum is a monument to the Tribe’s history to celebrate the Apache heritage.  Visit Fort Apache, the Theodore Roosevelt School, and the Kanishba Ruins.     Stay overnight at the HonDah (Apache) Casino in Pinetop AZ and enjoy a visit to Greer AZ for some antique shopping.      $199pp (Add $50 for single)

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Native American Ruins Tour March 15 – 16  Join us on this road tour through a scenic loop in the high Ponderosa Pine forests of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument followed by a tour of the ancient Wupatki Ruins nestled between the Painted Desert and Ponderosa highlands.  The second day includes a visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument to marvel at the 20 room high cliff dwelling of the ancient Sinagua people.  $249pp (Add $75 single)

Durango-Silverton Train

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Mesa Verde Tour   March 18 – 21  This four day tour heads to Farmington, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado where we board the historic narrow gauge train to visit Silverton, a historic, bustling resort town perched at 6500 feet, between high desert and an alpine wonderland.  This train ride showcases the absolute beauty and panorama of Colorado. The trip also includes a tour of Mesa Verde National Park to see the ancient ruins of the early Puebloans.   At least one scrumptious meal is included each day.    $599pp  (Add $150 for single)



Casa Grande National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument & Gambling Tour March 24 Travel through the Gila River Indian Community to Casa Grande Ruins, our nation’s first archeological reserve, declared a National Monument in 1918, that date to the Hohokam period people in the 13th century who farmed the valley. Dine at the Wildhorse Pass Casino & enjoy some gambling.  $89pp

Herb Stevens, Director of the San Carlos Apache Cultural CenterSan Carlos Apache Day Tour   March 29  The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation was established as a place to house captured Chiricahua Apaches during the latter 1800s.  It remains the world’s first concentration camp still existing to this day.  Learn the Apache perspective of this time period at the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center.  Lunch at the Apache Gold Casino followed by a shopping visit to the Pickle Barrel Trading Post in Globe, Arizona.   $89pp




Monument Valley LookoutMonument Valley & Canyon de Chelly Tour  April 9 – 12  This tour includes three nights in Northern Arizona’s Navajo Country.  Experience the natural wonder of Monument Valley National Park, a photographers paradise.  Enjoy multiple stops at Navajo Tribal Center, trading posts, and museums (including the Navajo Code Talkers Museum) to get to know Navajo culture, past and present.  Our second breath-taking location is Canyon de Chelly National Monument where we take a Navajo Guided Tour of the Lower Canyon.  See majestic cliffs with ancient petrogliffs where a peaceful sense will overcome you.  Both parks are absolutely beautiful.  $659pp (Add $175 for single)

Call or visit Sinclair Travel Center – 6134 E. Main St, #106 Mesa, AZ – to book your tour(s) soon. 480-981-3795   You can request more detailed information about each tour of interest.  Flyers are available.


Santa Fe Culinary Tour

e887ef025ee940d0bfe09af9ad6eeee3Have you ever wanted to spend an afternoon strolling the charming streets of Santa Fe, stopping at select restaurants, meeting each chef, and tasting something specially prepared just for you?   You can have it,  thanks to the world famous Santa Fe School of Cooking during an upcoming tour provided by Affinity Group Tours.

On May 31, 2014,  the Santa Fe Art and Culinary Tour begins a five day/four night tour starting at the Albuquerque, New Mexico airport.  As your private tour guide, I will whisk you off to Santa Fe where you will stay at the enchanting Hotel Santa Fe, owned and operated by the Picuris Pueblo.  The hotel has the highly rated Amaya Restaurant which mixes classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients from the cold rivers of Alaska to the Great Plains. Chefs Patrick Kline and Walter Dominguez select superb ingredients and weave them together in a style highlighting local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences.  And,  Amaya is just the start!  Each day, you can enjoy New Mexico cuisine intermixed with visits to the best art galleries of Canyon Road & the Downtown Historic Plaza, tour multiple art and historical museums, enjoy winding walking tours, and shop Santa Fe style.  It’s a fun filled tour designed for those who love food and art! santa-fe-attractions-photos-traveler

Visit for more information and reserve your space today.

Santa Fe Shopping

Santa Fe Style Clothing and Decor

Santa Fe Style Clothing and Decor

Been shopping in Santa Fe yet?

This area has been an age old trading post and known for it’s shopping for centuries.  Early New Mexico Puebloans traded their turquoise and other valuables for the precious metals and shells of the Mexican indians.  Santa Fe soon became “the place” to exchange silver from Mexico. The Spanish later traded their domesticated animals, their yeast, and more.  And then, the railroad made trading and shopping in Santa Fe a “must stop” for the curio shops of American Indian crafts.

Santa Fe today is still a “must stop”!  Visitors from all over the world come seeking the finest sterling silver & turquoise jewelry, pottery, and fine art of the Southwest.  It is the 3rd largest art market in America!

The Historic Downtown Plaza Square is surrounded by charming “Santa Fe Style” storefronts filled with treasures handmade and hard to find anywhere else.  Whether you’re looking for fashion or furniture, fine or folk art, cowboy boots or concho belts, salsa or chiles, sterling silver or turquoise jewelry, you’ll find that and so much more in this shopper’s paradise of Southwest specialties as well as the wonders of authentic American Indian made items coming directly from the nineteen pueblos of New Mexico.

It is a shopping experience that may become an addictive habit.

Contact Affinity Group Tours for your next shopping and cultural visit to Santa Fe.  Join me for the Santa Fe Art and Culinary Tour this spring.

Let’s go shopping in Santa Fe!

The Taos Pueblo of New Mexico

Taos Pueblo in Winter

Taos Pueblo in Winter

Visiting Taos Pueblo in New Mexico?  In 1960, Taos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 1992, the Pueblo was admitted by the United Nations to the “World Heritage List,” due to its uniqueness and universal value to the heritage of all mankind.

When you visit Taos Pueblo, you will have an opportunity to learn about their history and culture, as well as to purchase fine arts and crafts.  If you are fortunate to visit on a feast day, you will experience songs and dances that have transcended time and are passed down from generation to generation. Dances are held throughout the year, and most are open to the public.

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Tour to White Mountain Apache Indian Community

The drive to Whiteriver, AZ from downtown Phoenix takes about 3 hours.  On the way, you pass the mysterious Superstition Mountains, the mining towns of Apache Junction, Superior, Miami, and Globe, then head north through the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, down to the bottom of the Salt River Canyon, and up to the White Mountain Apache Reservation.  It’s some trip!

Apache Dancer and Drummers

Apache Dancer and Drummers

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Ramon Riley, the Cultural Resource Director. He shared Apache history and how the tribe continues today.  He then honored us by allowing our group to experience a few young student Crown Dancers, dancing and drumming under the oversight of a young Medicine Man, their mentor. These young teens may some day be future healers within their community.

Apache Beaded Necklace

Apache Beaded Necklace

Following a picnic lunch, we toured the wonderful White Mountain Apache Cultural Center which shares their culture with beautiful visual displays. Several artisans brought lovely pieces to sell and educate. I, of course, had to buy a beaded necklace from a young Apache woman named Jan Johle.

Fort Apache Historic Walk

Fort Apache Historic Walk

Our group enjoyed a slow-paced guided walk by our host, through the grounds and historic buildings of Fort Apache including the Indian Boarding School, still in operation (since 1923). The Army post itself operated from 1870-1922.

Our Tour Group

Our Tour Group

It was a beautiful Arizona day. Thank you White Mountain Apache Tribe!  For more information visit

Posi-Ouinge Ruins in New Mexico

Posi-Ouinge Trailhead

Posi-Ouinge Trailhead

Winter is a beautiful time of the year to tour ancient Puebloan ruins in New Mexico. The Posi-Ouinge Ruins near Ojo Caliente are no exception.  The trailhead begins right behind the main entrance to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

The trail to Posi is steep and rocky in places, sandy, and level in others. The round trip hike covers about a mile.  Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes, carry water, and plan on an hour’s walk.

The Half A Mile Climb

The Half A Mile Climb

Climb up about a half mile to breathtaking views that the original inhabitants enjoyed.

Posi-Ouinge or Posi, the “Greenness Pueblo”, is a special place for many Tewa Indians. The early Tewa lived in the Ojo Caliente drainage during the late 1300s until the early 1500s, just before the Spanish entered the area.

Throughout history, Ojo Caliente has always been a special place. Continue your walk up the trail and imagine life here half a millennium years ago.

Directional Stone Caryns

A surprise at the top of your first climb is a large grouping of stone caryns.  It obviously is a popular resting point giving you time to add your own caryn.

Posi was a vibrant center of activity in the 15th century.  The village may have had as many as 1,000 ground floor rooms and almost as many on the second and third levels. There were doorways and roof entryways accessing each floor. Fire pits in the clay floors kept the small rooms warm. Adobe was an efficient building material, retaining warmth in the winter, and maintaining cool temperatures in the summer.

Today, little remains; but Tewa pottery shards are everywhere!  Posi is a special place to those who live in northern New Mexico. Out of respect for the Pueblo descendents, please look closely, take photographs, but leave them as they are.


Shard in Snow

Shard in Snow

This is their history.  Surviving all kinds of weather, the Tewa leave permanent gifts to mankind.

Posi Overlook of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

Posi Overlook of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

Finally, the descent down gives you views of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort, a great place to stay and soak your body after your climb to Posi-Ouinge Ruins.

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Antelope and Glen Canyons Tour in October

Antelope Canyon  Sun Spot

Antelope Canyon
Sun Spot

October is one of the best months to visit Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.  I will be leading a tour starting from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on Friday, October 11 and returning Sunday, the 13th.  Check this out!

This opportunity is a chance in a lifetime to get those perfect photos.  For example, we will experience a sunset evening cruise on breathtaking Lake Powell, climb down into Antelope Canyon with our Navajo guide telling ancient stories as we go;  and later, it’s a raft trip on the Colorado River near Glen Canyon Dam.  No cameras are allowed on the boats. I wonder why?

Colorado River Rafting

Colorado River Rafting

Sunday, we will be guided through the actual Glen Canyon Dam learning it’s history and how it operates today.  And if we are lucky, we may also have time to hike up through the sandy trail to the Horseshoe Bend overlook for a shutterbug’s dream advantage point above The Colorado River.

Join me on this magnificent tour.  To read more or sign up, contact Affinity Group Tours of Phoenix.  See link below.

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Horseshoe Bend Overlook