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Family Spring Break 2017


Family Spring Break 2017

Spend your spring break at SMU-in-Taos!

Our beautiful 423-acre campus in Taos, NM will provide the perfect backdrop for your family getaway. Join us for a customizable, week-long adventure. Choose from a variety of educational tours, hands-on workshops and family-friendly activities Monday through Friday.

Lodging is available Saturday to Sunday so you can make the most of your trip!

Make this a truly special experience for your family:
  • Tour museums, studios, churches and sustainable architecture
  • Try your hand at painting, weaving, pottery and cooking
  • Discover the history and culture of Northern New Mexico
  • Explore the great outdoors on skis, snow-shoes or horseback

 Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Space is limited, click here to register online now!


Family Spring Break 2017
March 13 - 17, 2017

Please join us for a unique opportunity to bring your family to the beautiful SMU-in-Taos Campus. 
Explore Taos, NM. Educate with hands-on learning. Experience adventures and outdoor activities.




Activities Scheduled:
March 13-17, 2017

Lodging Available:
March 11-19, 2017 


Registration Deadline:
March 1, 2017



$280 for 4 activities
$70 for additional activities

Children (6-12):
$180 for 4 activities
$45 for additional activities

Children (5 and under):
No charge

*All option include: 4 AM or PM activities, free community events, continental breakfast and boxed lunches Monday-Friday.

Please note:
Childcare services are not provided by SMU-in-Taos.  All minors (under 18) must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Transportation and lodging are not included in registration fee.



SMU-in-Taos at Fort Burgwin
6580 Highway 518
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557


For general inquiries:

To book lodging:
Cyndy Gimble



Saturday - Sunday: Arrival in Taos
Sunday: Orientation with Meet and Greet
Monday - Tuesday: Your Choice of Activities
Wednesday: Free Day (Optional activities not included in event fee)
Thursday - 
Friday: Your Choice of Activities
Saturday - Sunday: Depart from Taos


Registration fees include your choice of activities, continental breakfast and boxed lunches Monday-Friday, plus free Community Events. Optional activities, transportation and lodging are not included. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at each activity. Activities are subject to change, you will be notified of any necessary adjustments. 

Click here for amore detailed schedule of events with full activity descriptions.


Morning Session (Off Campus):
   • Hands-on Pottery Workshop at Rottenstone Pottery in Arroyo Seco with Master Potter Scott Rutherford

Afternoon Session (On Campus):
   • For teens and adults: Historical tours of Fort Burgwin and Pot Creek Pueblo with John Ubelaker
   • For kids: Hands-on mini-archeology dig with Kathy Windrow and Jess Galloway

Free Evening Community Event (On Campus):
   • Storytelling 'round the campfire with New Mexico legend, Cisco Guevara


Morning Session (Off Campus):
    • Guided tour of the San Francisco de Asís Church in Rancho de Taos with Kathy Windrow
    • Guided tour of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos with museum docent, Mary Ann Boughton

Afternoon Session (On Campus):
 • Hands-on cosmic diagram project with Kathy Windrow
    • Hands-on painting class on campus with Kathy Windrow

Free Evening Community Event (On Campus):
    • Stargazing & night sky adventures with Geoff Goins
(Note: If Tuesday night is too cloudy for Stargazing,Thursday and Tuesday evening activities will be switched.)


Free day to ski, explore, shop and/or relax.
Suggested Activities (not included in the registration fee):
    • Horseback Riding in Angel Fire with Nancy Burch's Roadrunner Tours (additional fee is $60/person/hour)
    • Winter sports at Taos Ski Valley or Sipapu
    • Trip to Santa Fe
    • Art galleries and museums
Please ask us for further recommendations.

Free Evening Community Event (On Campus):
Screening of "Awakening in Taos" a film about Mabel Dodge Luhan


Morning Session (Off Campus):
    • Guided tour of Santuario de Chimayó  with Chimayó Historian, Pat Oviedo
    • A weaving demonstration at Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayó  with Irvin & Lisa Trujillo 

    • Visit santero art gallery in Chimayó to view wooden santos creations with Marco Oviedo

Afternoon Session (On Campus):
Hands-on weaving workshop with Kathy Windrow

Free Evening Community Event (On Campus):
For teens and adults: Screening of "Mystery of Chaco Canyon" a film about the incredible ancient astronomy of Southwestern Pueblo Indians
    • For kids: Hands-on night sky activity, includes coloring book and animal constellations with Kathy Windrow 
(Note: If Tuesday night is too cloudy for Stargazing,Thursday and Tuesday evening activities will be switched.)


Morning Session (Off Campus):
    • Guided tour of Earthship Biotech sustainable architecture

Afternoon Session (On Campus):
• For adults and teens:Cooking demonstration with SMU-in-Taos head chef, Lillian Silva
    • For kids: Hands-on art project making narrative table murals with Kathy Windrow
    • Farewell Dinner

Free Evening Session (On Campus):

    • S'mores and hot chocolate


Continental breakfast and boxed lunches are provided daily Monday-Friday. Dinners are on your own. 
If you would like to enjoy some of the many wonderful local restaurants, please feel free to ask for recommendations.

Travel Planning Information

Lodging is not included in the event fee. Limited lodging is available on campus between Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 19.  Options include a range of rates for private houses, apartments and dormitory-style casitas. For more information regarding lodging, please contact our Taos Campus Coordinator, Cyndy Gimble at 575-758-8322 or

Travel to Taos

Drive time from Dallas is approximately 11 hours.

Major airlines fly into Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Travel is approximately 2 ½ hours from Albuquerque and 1 ½ hours from Santa Fe. 
Shuttles and rental cars are available. 

Taos Enterprise: 575-758-5553
Taos Ski Valley Shuttle: 800-776-1111