There's something special about discovering Native American sacred trees and places with like-minded people. Join us as we locate, identify, and learn more about these living artifacts and sacred sites at our (free!) exploration hikes, conferences, and other activities. 



See details to the right.

There is no Registration Fee for any of these events: however, attendees must pay for their travel, lodging and meals. RSVPs are required: Heidi or Mobile: 719 510-6070. 

Attendees make their own reservations, whether at Sky Ute Casino Resort or elsewhere.

Here is an exciting opportunity to explore Chaco Culture National Historic Park with Dr. James Jefferson, Southern Ute Tribal Elder and NASTaP Founding President along with Dr. Gary Ziegler, author, archaeologist and Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society along with other Native American historians, authors and NASTaP members.


Day 1 meet at 6 p.m. on the Southern Ute Reservation at the Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 SH-172, Ignacio, CO, for a traditional American Indian dinner of beef stew, Indian fry bread, salad and dessert, $15, tip not included. This dinner serves as a welcome, meet and greet and NASTaP Board Meeting, open to everyone. Discounted room rates are available for Day 1 and Day 3 at $92 per night, tax not included. For Day 1 and Day 3, RV hook-ups are available at Sky Ute Casino Resort. For either camping or room reservations, call: 970 563-7777 and mention Dr. Jefferson or NASTaP.


Day 2 breakfast is on your own, then meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. to convoy to Chaco Canyon or meet us at 1:30 p.m. at the Chaco Canyon Visitor Center, 1808 County Road 7950, Nageezi, NM 87037.


Day 3, meet at the Chaco Canyon Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m.


Limited camping is available in the park; however, the nearest hotel accommodations are in Farmington, NM. Discounted room rate of $79 is available at the Farmington Courtyard by Marriott, 560 S. Scott Ave, Farmington, NM 87401. Phone: 505 325-5111

This is a NASTaP sponsored event; however, you do not have to be a NASTaP member to attend. RSVPs are required to NASTaP Secretary Heidi Wigand-Nicely.

Heidi Wigand-Nicely • email: • Phone: 719 510-6070

Recent CMT Trips


Author John Anderson stands by this impressive marker tree with definite signs of human modification.


  The tree is hundreds of years old.


Staunton State

Park Tree Walk

Ponderosa burl

Look closely and see the burl near the base of the tree.

               — Janet Shown

The first four images in this collection are by Frank Burzynski of Mr B Photography. More of his lovely creations can be found here or here.

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