2013 Kwahadi Museum in Amarillo
9151 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX, P.O. Box 32125, Amarillo, TX 79120-2125
806-335-3175 or cell 806-654-4890
The Kwahadi Kiva has become a popular outpost stop for Scouting and church youth groups as they travel along the way to and from Philmont and other mountain camps. Located on the High Plains of Texas, the Kiva is 238 miles from Philmont, and within a day’s drive to numerous other Rocky Mountain camps. Over 21,000 Scouts and church youth have stayed at the Kiva since it opened on June 12, 2004. The Kiva is a fun and uplifting place to overnight your group. You can select a Kwahadi performance, meals, hot showers, and/or lodging. You can also just stop by on your journey for a travel break, meal, rejuvenation, a museum tour, and/or a Kwahadi performance. Lodging for traveling youth groups is available throughout the year.
You are always welcome at the Kwahadi Kiva, the “gathering place.” Enjoy the adobe ambience indoors in the Plaza, Kiva, Santa Fe Room, and Taos Room or under the stars on the Patio. The air-conditioned Kiva has 9 showers and large spaces. Ladies have their own shower area. Bring your own air mattresses, cots, and bedding. For fly-in groups, the Amarillo International Airport is nearby and charter bus or van rental service for the rest of your trip is available locally.
Song of the Eagle
The world famous Kwahadi Dancers, Venture Crew 9, perform colorful pageants of the dance styles of the Southwest! Their show and the Kiva make a great adventure stop along your way to camp. Plan to see a show!
Optional dinner – 6:00 pm, Show - 7:00 pm *Sunday Matinee 3 pm
(Additional shows may be scheduled for sufficient tour bus and youth group requests.)
About The Kwahadi Dancers
The Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian is home to the Kwahadi Dance Theater, Venture Crew 9, BSA. Over 1600 Scouts have performed as Kwahadis since 1944 in over 4500 performances in 48 states and overseas. We just celebrated our 67th Anniversary and our 298th Eagle, Venture Ranger Award, and Girl Scout Gold Award! Kwahadi performances are scheduled on most Friday and Saturday nights in June and July and shows may be added on other nights when we have sufficient visitors.
You can see the Kwahadis in June and July on many Monday nights at the Philmont Training Center at 7:00 PM! The Kwahadis have traveled at their own expense to present over 120 shows for over 58,000 Scouters from all across America. This will be the 27th year of Kwahadi performances at the PTC! We love going to Philmont! In 2013 we plan to perform at the PTC on many Monday evenings in June and July.
Museum and Trading Post
During your stopover enjoy the fine art and artifacts of the Pueblo and Plains Indian people. The fine creations of over 100 Native American artists and artisans can be found in the Trading Post. Fine art, jewelry, Katchina dolls, pottery, rugs, t-shirts, craft supplies, souvenir patches, and Indian goods available. Lot’s of other goodies too! Be sure to see the new Jack Bryant Neckerchief Slide Collection!
Winter Night Ceremonials
More and more troops who are able to travel the distance to Amarillo on weekends in January and February are finding their way back to the High Plains to enjoy our warm pinon pine fire and see the Kwahadis’ winter shows. These usually begin in mid-January and run on Friday and Saturday nights through February.
The winter show is a collection of the colorful dances of the Southwest, completely different than the summer shows. We think it is our finest effort! Troops and families can stay at the Kiva, see the shows, and perhaps have time to hike in the cooler winter weather in Palo Duro Canyon State Park! 2013 Winter Night Ceremonials are most weekends in January and February!!
2013 Youth Group Per Person Cost Information
for Lodging, Performance, and Meals
We regret the necessity to raise prices a bit for the first time in four years. Utilities, custodial, insurance, and caterer costs continue to edge upward.
2013 prices do not include the Texas state sales tax of 8.025% which must be added to your purchase.
Meal price pending final caterer arrangement. Pick what’s good for your group!
"Song of the Eagle" Performance $6.00 group rate (Reg: Adult 10, Senior 8, Youth 7)
Museum only $2.00
Enchilada Dinner $9.50 (usually on show dates, any time for 25 or more)
Dessert $3.50 (hot cobbler or brownie and ice cream….oh my!)
Overnight lodging per night $5.50
Royce's Hardy Breakfast Buffet $9.50 Scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, biscuits & gravy and choice of coffee, orange juice, or milk – it’s legendary!).
OR…“The Works” Package: $33.00 per person Available for Scout and Church groups on show nights and includes museum, dinner, dessert, show, lodging, & buffet breakfast!)
*Meals are available for groups or combined groups of 25 or more. We usually have more than 25 guests who are having dinner at performances which often makes it possible for any size unit to join in.
*All hardy meals served by professional catering service.
*Meals are available on show days and on other dates with sufficient numbers and notice.
*Dinner and breakfast prepaid reservations are required for caterer arrangements.
*Meals must be paid in advance, preferably by credit card via Kiva phone 806-335-3175).
* Royce's Famous Breakfast Buffet is served at 7 am and is becoming a legend!! (6 am MST)
* Meals refunded in full if cancelled by 1:30 pm on reserved day of arrival.
* Custom menus are available for groups or combined groups of 25 or more.
You can feed your Scouts a hardy breakfast at the Kiva at 7 AM, depart Kiva by 8 AM or sooner, drive 238 miles to Philmont, gain an hour at the state line (CST to MST), and check into Philmont by 11:30 AM MST. (Remember – you loose an hour on return!)
Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum & Performance Center
Exit I-40 on the east side of Amarillo at Airport Drive (EXIT #76), and then proceed WEST on the I-40 frontage road on the north side of I-40 for one-half mile.
2013 Lodging, Performance, and Meal Reservation Form
Please complete the following lodging reservation information, copy, paste into email, and email information to: email@example.com . If you have questions you can also call the museum at 806-335-3175 or you can call Charles at 806-654-4890. Leave a message if the museum is not open, and we will call you back.
Unit # or Church Group: __________________________________________
Number of Male ________ Female _________
Date(s) lodging requested: __________________________________________
Estimated Time of Arrival: _________________________________________
Trip leader: ______________________________________________________
Cell phone to read leader on the road: ________________________________
Leader email address: _____________________________________________
Alternative telephone contact for group: ______________________________
Selection of Services and Cost Calculation
Overnight Lodging: # people __________ X $5.50 = ___________ (per night)
Kwahadi Performance: # people __________ X $6.00 = ___________ (show nights only)
Optional Dinner: # people __________ X $9.50 = ___________
Dessert: # people __________ X $3.50 = ___________(cobbler/brownie& ice cream)
Breakfast: # people __________ X $9.50 = ___________
Museum only travel break # people __________X $2.00 = ___________
OR “The Works” # people __________X $33.00 = ___________(show nights only)
Cost of services: ___________
Plus Texas Sales Tax (.0825) ___________
Total Cost to Unit ___________
To make your reservation, copy and paste the above information into an email and send to
*"The Works" includes dinner, dessert, performance, lodging, museum, and breakfast!!
* “The Works” package is available only on scheduled performance days. For groups or combined groups of 50 or more the performance and meals can be scheduled on other days.
* 25 reservations from one or more units are necessary for the caterer to provide the breakfast buffet. We usually know about other unit requests several weeks before you plan to arrive and can let you know if breakfast will be available. Usually makes on weekends mid June through July.
Meal reservations must be secured by credit card or other advance payment.
Call the Museum Gift Shop: 806-654-4890 at least one day in advance Thurs – Sun, 1 – 5 pm Jun-Aug.
We prefer credit card payments as it is easier to pay closer to date and have your count firm.
Meals are fully refunded if cancelled by noon on the day of the dinner or the day before the breakfast. You can increase or decrease your count until that time.
Stop by the museum
Groups of any size are welcome to stop by the museum for a break on your way through town. Special service is available for groups of 30 or more. Contact us at least 2 weeks in advance. For example, you can stopover at the museum on your way through Amarillo, enjoy a break at the museum, and perhaps have a hearty catered meal instead of fast food. Overnight bus groups traveling non-stop to Philmont and other camps can stop by for a hearty breakfast, enjoy a HOT SHOWER, and be on your way refreshed. J Fly-in contingents can land at Amarillo Intl Airport (nearby), lodge and/or regroup at the Kiva, then proceed on to Philmont or a dozen other Rocky Mountain Scout and Church camps.
Last Minute Changes?
We can usually help you with lodging even if you have last minute requests, changes, “Plan B’s,” or sudden needs. You’re always welcome! If we can help you, let us know. The Kiva is well established as an outpost along the trail to mountain camps and adventures of New Mexico and Colorado, or for northern units headed south to the warm aquatic adventures of southern camps!
Late Arrivals – Contact Information
If you arrive after hours on nights when no performance is scheduled, call when you about an hour away: Charles Ritchie: 806-654-4890 or 353-1505, David Fry: cell 806-336-8419 or home 806-358-7728; John Stich: cell: 806-282-5480 or hm:806-358-3338; Janet Janzen: 806-354-8652. Kiva telephone is 806-335-3175.
Museum Physical Address: 9151 I-40 East; Amarillo, TX (not for mail)
Museum Mailing Address: PO Box 32125, Amarillo, TX 79120-2125)
Other Places of Interest in Amarillo
Alibates Flint Quarries Natl Monument 806-857-3151 (a. 23 miles north of Kiva)
Amarillo Museum of Art 806-371-5050 (a. 8 miles west of Kiva))
Amarillo SE Swimming Pool 806-342-1564 (a. 4 miles from Kiva)
Amarillo SW Swimming Pool 806-359-2082 (a. 12 miles from Kiva)
American Quarter Horse Heritage
Center and Museum 806-376-5181 (a. 5 miles west of Kiva)
Don Harrington Discovery Center
Science Museum, and Space Theater 806-355-9547 (a. 13 miles west of Kiva)
Palo Duro Canyon State Park 806-488-2227 (a. 25 miles south of Kiva)
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum 806-651-2244 (a. 20 miles south of Kiva)
Splash Amarillo Water Park 806-342-3473 (a. 1 mile west of Kiva)
TEXAS Musical Drama 806-488-2220 (Performed in Palo Duro Canyon)