Santa Fe Conservation Trust
2021 INSIDER TOURS
We are hoping to offer Insider Tours in the fall, following all COVID guidelines and protocol.
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Ruins · Artifacts · Views · Historical Sites
Rare opportunities to explore archaeological sites on private land
with archaeologist, Steve Post (see bio below).
Half-day tour in the Galisteo Basin Preserve,
Santa Fe, NM
The Galisteo Basin has been continuously occupied by a diverse collection of peoples and cultures since prehistoric times. Galisteo Spring — the most significant water source for wildlife in the 740-square-mile Galisteo Basin — has been used for millennia by many cultural groups who have passed through or settled there. You will hike to the spring and explore the tangible remnants and rich history of these cultures. Co-leading this tour will be Jan-Willem Jansens (see bio below).
$150 per person includes tour and lunch
Full-day tour near Las Vegas, NM
We will be traveling part of this 9,150-acre ranch by vehicle and then wandering and exploring sites where human history has left a unique set of footprints. Santa Fe Trail wagon wheel tracks and a wagon stop are still visible amid old rock ruins of 19th century selements. Artifacts from ancient hunter-gatherers, Puebloan ancestors, and Plains Indians are still being found. Tecolote Peak, a prominent landmark on the ranch, was an essential guidepost for settlers and bandits alike when they marched the Santa Fe Trail during the 19th century.
Led by archaeologist Steve Post & historian James Blackshear, with ranch foreman Rowdy Robinson.
$250 per person includes transportation, tour, and lunch
ABOUT THE GUIDES
Steve has worked as an archaeologist for 43 years in New Mexico, formerly Deputy Director of the Museum of New Mexico, Office of Archaeological Studies. His research spans 10,000 years of New Mexico’s past with a special interest in the archaeology of the Northern Rio Grande region for the last 27 years. Most recently his studies have focused on 7,000 years of Archaic hunter-gatherer lifeways and the introduction of farming and Ancestral Puebloan culture into the Northern Rio Grande.
Joining us for the Galisteo Spring tour will be Jan-Willem Jansens, owner of Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC, specializing in restoration of forest and woodland ecology, watershed health, and collaborative stewardship. He has worked for over 25 years on forest and watershed conservation throughout northern New Mexico as co-founder of the Galisteo Watershed Partnership.
James Blackshear has written two books on the Southwest, one about land grant history in New Mexico entitled Honor and Defiance: A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico, the other a social history of life on frontier forts, as well as an investigation of the Hispanic traders known as Comancheros. Blackshear has published articles about similar subjects in both the New Mexico Historical Review and the Military History of the West, and occasionally reviews books for scholastic journals. He is also published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. He teaches U.S. History at the UNT Dallas Campus, and Texas History at the Plano Campus of Collin College in North Texas. His current research includes the Comanchero trade, Comanchero trails, and the links between New Mexican mountain people and Plains Indians. He and his wife purchased land in Pendaries north of Las Vegas, NM in 1999, and built a cabin, where they spend a couple of months each summer.
Tecolote Ranch Foreman and Master Storyteller.
Rowdy Robinson is a native of Cajun Country in Louisiana. He worked for a short time in construction and oil fields. He went on to work in the power industry where he met his wife of 21 years, Ruby. He’s also a talented welder. He became Ranch Manager of Tecolote Ranch, following in the footsteps of his father in law, Bud who was ranch manager for over 60 years. While he can’t sing and dance, he is a heck of a rider and roper.