2014 PSA Conference


2014 PSA Annual Conference Photo Tours

In 2014 the PSA conference goes to the Southwest, the land of the westerns of movie and TV fame.  Tour New Mexico (TNM) is the main tour provider for the conference.  You can sign up for most of their tours as you register for the conference (starting April 1) with the registration form or on the web page.  TNM will also have a table at the conference to help you with your tours and provide you information about the area. 

The following tours contain one or both of the following designation: PHOTOGRAPHERS means it is a tour geared toward photography. TOURISTS means it is geared toward tourists and shows culture, history, shopping, and other areas of interest to tourists. Tours are open to all.


PLEASE NOTE: Tours 1 through 9 require registration through PSA using the conference registration process which will start on April 1. Tour New Mexico cannot take direct registration for tours 1-9.



Tour 1 - Getting Around: A City Bus Orientation - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)

Saturday, September 27 or Sunday, September 28 (Half Day Tour offered 3 times - choose one tour)

  • 1A - Saturday, September 27 -  Meet in lobby: 7:45am, Departs: 8:00am, Returns 11:00am
  • 1B - Saturday, September 27 - Meet in lobby: 12:45pm, Departs: 1:00pm, Returns 4:00pm
  • 1C - Sunday, September 28 - Meet in lobby: 12:45pm, Departs: 1:00pm, Returns 4:00pm

Price for each tour: $30, includes tour guide, gratuity, bus fare, Old Town map, bus schedules & tax

During this guided ride on a Rapid-Ride bus and walking tour you will learn how to use Albuquerque public transportation.  You will see the various bus stops in the different neighborhoods and plan future outings on your own.  At Old Town Plaza, established 1706, we will disembark and the guide will give an orientation of the approx. 12 restaurants, 5 museums and 140 shops.  The bus also provides easy access to the Bio-Park; zoo, aquarium and botanic garden.  You can return to the hotel with the guide or stay out as long as you please, you will know your way around on your own.  Now you can use the bus schedules to visit places that suit your needs best, on any day at any time of day, early morning or evening for photography, mid-day for museum or shopping.  After this tour you will know the bus system better than most locals!! 


Tour 2 - Treasures and Traditions - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)
Acoma Pueblo, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Saturday, September 27 (All Day Tour)

Meet in lobby: 6:45am, Departs: 7:00am, Returns: 3:30 pm
Tour Price: $88, includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, all admissions, boxed lunch and tax.

Located one hour west of Albuquerque, Acoma Indian Pueblo “Sky City,” is built upon a 70-acre mesa almost 40 stories above the canyon floor.  For optimum sun light the Pueblo is running a tour at 8:30 specifically for us.  We’ll follow an Acoma Indian guide through the earthen streets as we hear their history and see why they maintain their ancestral home (occupied since the 900’s) without electricity or modern plumbing.  At the visitor center we’ll enjoy lunch at the café and view the museum and gift shop.  NOTES: This is an outdoor event, be prepared for hot and cool temperatures to occur in the same hour. Wear comfortable shoes, the mesa top is uneven rock and sand.  The tour includes the mandatory photo permit which comes with stipulations of no tripods, no video and photos are for personal use only.)  They have been contacted and it is acceptable to use these images in PSA recognized exhibitions, but they are not to be sold for profit.  Back in Albuquerque we’ll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Admission is included to the main museum and the gallery.  There is also a comprehensive gift shop.  The main attraction is the live dance performance that you will have the opportunity to photograph!  


Tour 3 - O'Keeffe Landscape Tour - (PHOTOGRAPHERS)

Saturday, September 27 (Afternoon and Sunset Tour)

Bus Boarding: 12:45pm, Departs: 1:00pm, Returns: 9:30 pm

Limited to 30 passengers
Tour Price: $158,
includes motor coach, tour guide, all admissions, gratuities and tax.

Admission to the O’Keeffe Museum at Santa Fe Plaza is included before we travel an additional 45-minutes north to Abiquiu a small place where Georgia O'Keeffe lived and painted from 1949 until shortly before she died in 1986 at 98 years of age. At the Ghost Ranch Conference Center we will travel by bus (several miles out and back) to a restricted area of Ghost Ranch where O’Keeffe painted many of her best known landscapes.  Stops will be made and we will disembark to take in the fresh air, beauty and photograph perspectives that O’Keeffe found so inspiring.  A private tour to photograph the landscapes will begin at 5:30PM.  We’ll depart Ghost Ranch at 7:30PM and stop for a fast-food dinner break returning to Albuquerque at 9:30PM. 


JUST ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!

Tour 3A - O'Keeffe Landscape Tour - (PHOTOGRAPHERS)

Friday, September 26 (Afternoon and Sunset Tour)

Bus Boarding: 12:45pm, Departs: 1:00pm, Returns: 9:30 pm

Limited to 30 passengers
Tour Price: $158,
includes motor coach, tour guide, all admissions, gratuities and tax.

Admission to the O’Keeffe Museum at Santa Fe Plaza is included before we travel an additional 45-minutes north to Abiquiu a small place where Georgia O'Keeffe lived and painted from 1949 until shortly before she died in 1986 at 98 years of age. At the Ghost Ranch Conference Center we will travel by bus (several miles out and back) to a restricted area of Ghost Ranch where O’Keeffe painted many of her best known landscapes.  Stops will be made and we will disembark to take in the fresh air, beauty and photograph perspectives that O’Keeffe found so inspiring.  A private tour to photograph the landscapes will begin at 5:30PM.  We’ll depart Ghost Ranch at 7:30PM and stop for a fast-food dinner break returning to Albuquerque at 9:30PM.


Tour 4 - Las Golondrinas and Santa Fee - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)

Sunday, September 28 (All day tour)

Bus Boarding: 7:45am, Departs: 8:00am, Returns: 5:00pm
Tour Price: $66, includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, all admissions and tax. Lunch on own; Santa Fe Plaza

Take a journey to the Spanish colonial era at "The Ranch of the Swallows." This historic rancho, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a 200-acre living history museum designed as a Spanish colonial village with buildings relocated from all over the northern part of the state.  Volunteer “villagers” clothed in the styles of the times show how life was on the frontier in early New Mexico.  After the bread is done baking in the horno (approx. Noon) we will continue to Santa Fe Plaza.   A visit to New Mexico is not complete without experiencing the capital city of Santa Fe, with its unusual charm and historical significance.  This unique community offers wonderful eclectic shops and history is everywhere.  Upon arrival at Santa Fe Plaza (approx. 12:30PM) the guide will lead an orientation tour with shopping and dining information as well as a glimpse into the history and culture that truly make Santa Fe “The City Different”.    Includes Loretto Chapel Museum with its “miraculous staircase”.  We’ll depart Santa Fe Plaza at 3:45PM.

TOUR OPTION:  You may also stay on the bus, rather than disembark at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, and enjoy more time at Santa Fe Plaza (10AM-3:45PM).  


Tour 5 - This is Albuqerque - (TOURISTS)
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Old Town Plaza, Hot Air Balloon Museum

Sunday, September 28 (All Day Tour)

Bus Boarding: 8:45am, Departs: 9:00am, Returns: 4:00pm
Tour Price: $56, includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, all admissions and tax. Lunch on own; Old Town Plaza

The National Hispanic Cultural Center preserves and promotes the culture of the Spanish-speaking world through permanent and travelling exhibits. The NHCC features a variety of architecture including a renovated hacienda-style school and modern buildings as stylized Mayan pyramids and torreon.  After free time for lunch at Old Town Plaza we will visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum one of Albuquerque's dearest attractions named after two local balloonists, Max Anderson and Ben Abruzzo.  See how ballooning developed since the first flight in 1783.  The museum houses a collection of wonderful documents and artifacts from the historic to the most recent ballooning feats as well as hands-on exhibits.  The museum is located in Balloon Fiesta Park and set-up will be well underway for this year’s Balloon Fiesta which takes place from Oct. 4 – 12.


Tour 6 - Sunset on the Sandias - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)
North Albuquerque to the Tram Terminal

Sunday, September 28 (Evening Tour)

Bus Boarding: 3:45pm, Departs: 4:00pm, Returns by 10:00pm

A tour of North Albuquerque including a cruise up Rio Grande Boulevard with exquisite homes and cottonwoods. We’ll see the famous Balloon Fiesta Park grounds and stop at a chili roasting stand. Sandia Mountain dominates the east-side of Albuquerque, it is 10,378’ above sea level and typically 30 degrees cooler than the city. The Sandia Peak Tram holds 50 people, the tram ride lasts 15-minutes and travels 3,800 vertical feet through biological life zones that equal a trip from Mexico to Alaska, revealing deep canyons and an awe-inspiring view not soon to be forgotten. Sunset tonight is at 6:52.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Due to the elevation at High Finance Restaurant, 10,378’, individuals with heart conditions or respiratory problems should consult their doctor before riding the Tram. Dress in multiple light layers, when the sun sets the temperature will drop into the 30’s, be prepared. If you go out on the crest trail bring a flashlight. The elevation at Sandiago’s located at the lower Tram terminal is 6,560’.

Choose one option:

  • 6A - Bus Tour, Tram Ride including dinner at High Finance - Tour price: $103
    • Located at the top of the mountain dine two miles above sea level! Includes: motor coach, tour guide, tram ride, select menu group dinner & tax. Does not include alcoholic beverages.
  • 6B - Bus Tour, Tram ride including dinner at Sandiago's - Tour price: $93
    • Ride the Tram before dinner, dine at Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the base of the Tram at 6,560’. Includes: motor coach, tour guide, tram ride, select menu group dinner & tax. Does not include alcoholic beverages.
  • 6C - Bus Tour, no Tram Ride, dinner at Sandiago's - Tour price: $73
    • For those who should not travel to a high elevation. Shoot the sunset and city lights from 6,560’. Includes: motor coach, tour guide, select menu group dinner & tax. Does not include alcoholic beverages, does not include Tram ride.
  • 6D - Bus Tour, Tram ride, no dinner - Tour price: $63
    • For maximum freedom to photograph!! Includes: motor coach, tour guide, Tram ticket & tax. Carry food packed in your bag.

Tour 7 - Hike at Tent Rocks - (PHOTOGRAPHERS)
Kasha-Katuwe National Monument

Monday, September 29 (Morning tour)

Bus Boarding: 6:15am, Departs: 6:30am, Returns: 11:30am
Tour Price: $71, includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, admission, bottled water, snack, and tax

Kasha-Katuwe National Monument (“Tent Rocks”) is a fascinating geologic area.  The name means 'white cliffs' in the Cochiti Pueblo language.  Tremendous force from volcanic explosions formed the structures that have become the delicately layered sand, gravel, ash, and inverted ice cream cone or “tent rock” formations that we see today.  Whether you choose to walk along with the guide or walk or sit as you please, you will enjoy this very unique area.  Sandy arroyos reveal obsidian nuggets (Apache tears) which are a protected resource now – so look and hold but do not keep.  Animal life reveals itself around every corner; lizards, birds and insects, and many mammals call this peaceful place home.  Traversing the slot canyon and ascending the switchback trail will lead you to the great views atop the volcanic tuff ridge. IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk has been rated as moderate in the slot canyon, and strenuous on the switchback trail by some guests who were not acclimated or used to hiking.


Tour 8 - Northern New Mexico Tour - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)
Chimayo, Puye Cliffs

Monday, September 29 (Full day tour)

Bus Boarding: 8:15am, Departs: 8:30am, Returns: 5:00pm
Tour Price: $117,
includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, admission, lunch, and tax

The Village of Chimayo is home to weavers and carvers that maintain the Spanish Colonial art forms of both.  We will visit El Santuario de Chimayo, the photogenic little church well known for mysterious healing powers of its earth.  We’ll visit a weavers shop.  We’ll enjoy a wonderful New Mexican lunch at El Paragua Restaurant. We will tour Puye Cliffs, the prehistoric home of the Santa Clara Pueblo lead by a tribal member; enter a reconstructed kiva and scale the cliffs (on a ladder of course).  See petroglyphs, and pottery shards in abundance!  A very full, fun day!


Tour 9 - Historic Route 66 - (PHOTOGRAPHERS, TOURISTS)

Monday, September 29 (Full day tour)

Bus Boarding: 8:45am, Departs: 9:00am, Returns: 4:00pm
Tour Price: $62,
includes motor coach, tour guide, gratuities, lunch, and tax

Some of the best preserved urban sections of Historic Route 66 are in Albuquerque.  Albuquerque also boasts the only place on the entire route that Historic ‘66 intersects itself!  Enjoy driving and walking portions of the Mother Road.  We’ll be visiting a preserved bridge out of town, historic buildings downtown and there will be time to stroll and photograph iconic signage that is now world famous.  Come visit Route 66, don’t be shy, is not just for European tourists anymore!  Includes lunch at the 66 Diner.

The following Additional tours require registering directly with the Vendors

You do not register for these tours with your conference registration, but you should register with the vendors directly as soon as you can.  Buses and other resources may be scarce at the time of the Balloon Fiesta.  Tour operators need to plan for how many PSA people will want these tours as early as possible.

RAINBOW RYDERS INC. TOURS - www.rainbowryders.com/ -  800-725-2477 or (505) 823-1111.  Identify yourself as attending the PSA Conference.

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides - Cost $175 (Regular $195 significantly higher during Fiesta without hotel pickup), Sat, Sep. 27th to Fri, Oct. 3rd, depart hotel 6:15am for 1 to 1-1/2 hour flight.

TOUR NEW MEXICO ADDITIONAL TOURS - http://tournewmexico.com, 800-333-7159 or 505-883-9178.  Identify yourself as PSA - these must be booked directly with Tour New Mexico

  • Bus rides from hotel to Balloon Fiesta Park (BFP) - Cost $38
  • Sat, Oct. 4th depart hotel 5:00AM depart BFP 9:00 AM.  Opening Ceremony & Mass Ascension
  • Sat, Oct. 4th depart hotel 4:30PM depart BFP 8:30PM.  Evening Balloon Glow
  • Sun, Oct. 5th depart hotel 5:00AM depart BFP 9:00AM Mass Ascension
  • Sun, Oct. 5th depart hotel 4:30PM depart BFP 8:30PM.  Evening Balloon Glow
  • Red Rocks, Blue Skies: Navajo Land - Price per person: $1017 double, $1250 single. October 4 - October 7
    Window Rock, AZ; Hubbell Trading Post; Canyon de Chelly, AZ; Monument Valley, UT - And more!

    Yá’át’ééh, Hello in Navajo.  Enjoy a breathtaking and informative trip to a country within our country – the land of the Navajo, the Diné (din-EH) “people” in their language.  Almost 900 years ago the Diné traveled south in search of four sacred mountains and found them in a place that we now call the four corners.  They learned to live and flourish in this stark, beautiful, arid desert by adopting the Spanish and Anglo practices of ranching, silver-smithing and most notably sheep-hearding and weaving.  Pride in their homeland and native culture has led them to become teachers, store managers, lawyers, and tour operators! who live both modern and traditional lifestyles.  Jeff and Lori Jones, experts on Navajo weaving & culture will guide you through this exotic land providing narrative and insight into the lives and culture of the Navajo people.  

    This tour is specifically designed for morning and evening photography.  Diné tour guides will take us to the best locations, some well-travelled and some off the beaten path.  You may find yourself thinking that you are truly in a foreign place!  Few people experience the Red Rocks and Blue Skies of Navajo land like this and once you’ve returned home you’ll find yourself remembering your new Diné friends.  With the knowledge you gain and the images you capture on this amazing expedition you will look at a Navajo weaving, an old John Ford movie and the red rocks in many commercials in a whole new way!
    • DAY 1:  Sat. Oct. 4 4:45AM gather in the hotel lobby with luggage prepared for a 5AM departure.  Your first stop is at the Opening Ceremonies and Mass Ascension of the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta This year’s theme is “Spirit of the Winds”.  Over 500 hot air balloons launch every morning during this 9 day event.  It is the largest and most photographed ballooning event in the world!   Next, enjoy the journey into Indian Country.  We will stop in Window Rock, AZ to have lunch and see the Navajo Museum and to view Window Rock itself.  Also on today’s agenda is the Hubble Trading Post and an evening arrival in Chinle (chin-lee) with your first look into Canyon de Chelly (shay) for sunset shooting.  Relax at dinner tonight in your hotel the Holiday Inn Chinle.  Meals included: none.
    • DAY 2: Sun. Oct. 5   Rise early, we are departing the hotel at 6AM to head to the north rim of the canyon for twilight and sunrise shooting.  Mid-morning we’ll fill up on a bountiful breakfast.  This afternoon includes a jeep ride along the valley floor deep into Canyon de Chelly with a Navajo driver/guide.  Then we will immediately depart bound for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah for sunset shooting from the rim.  We’ll check into the Hampton Inn, Kayenta and enjoy an included dinner.  Meals included: B,D
    • DAY 3: Mon. Oct. 6  Just when you thought this trip could not get any better, today is an extraordinary day and one you will never forget!  Depart the hotel very early and drive into Monument Valley before sunrise! We’ll transfer to smaller vehicles and your Navajo driver/guides will take care of us all day.  They know the hidden places and scenic views that are best.  We’ll have a cook out lunch in the valley and enter a traditional hogan too before we make the ascension out of the park in mid-afternoon.  We’ll spend time at the famous Goulding’s Lodge and gift shop and take a look into the movie making history exhibit here before returning to The View for a sunset dinner.  Meals included: B,L
    • DAY 4: Tues. Oct. 7  Sleep in today and enjoy the hotel breakfast, we are not rolling until 8AM!  We’ll work back to Albuquerque today, but not before we pack in lots more scenery and visits with Navajo weavers at a trading post.  Today’s highlight is a visit to Toadlena Trading Post and a lunch of Navajo Tacos, we’ll also take a leg stretch in Gallup at El Rancho Hotel: the home of the Movie Stars before arriving at the Albuquerque Marriott to jump back into Balloon Fiesta mode!   Meals included: B, L
Journey well and may your memories of this weekend draw you back to Dinétah (Navajo land) again soon!

Deposit: $500 per person due at registration.  Balance due by August 15.

Tour price includes:  Deluxe motor coach with lavatory on board, professional tour directors, 3 nights’ hotel accommodations, three breakfasts (B), two lunches (L), one dinner (D), two jeep tours, all admissions to attractions, bottled water & snacks, all applicable taxes.  Does not include driver or tour director gratuities.  Tour participants are responsible for their own airfare and hotel room at the Albuquerque Marriott.