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“Inspired to return to Northern New Mexico” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch
HC77, Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510
505.685.4333
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Abiquiu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: In a land of shifting light, boundless skies and fused culture, the 21,000 acre Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in northern New Mexico is a place for renewal and retreat. The towering rock walls and vivid colors hold a hypnotic power. This is O’Keeffe Country.Visitors to Ghost Ranch will feel they’ve stepped back in time to days before the bells and whistles of technology vied relentlessly for our attention. People from all over the world come for spiritual development, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, to research globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries… or simply to rest and renew their spirits. With over 300 courses each year, Ghost Ranch provides affordable ways to enrich your mind, body and soul.Available for overnight lodging as well, Ghost Ranch offers rustic , yet comfortable accomodations at a variety of price ranges to fit your budget. Our campground is open mid-May through early October.The Georgia O’Keeffe at Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour brings guests to a restricted area of the ranch to the scenes and actual locations of O’Keeffe’s paintings. O’Keeffe Landscape Tours are available mid-March through late-November. Reservations are required.
Los Angeles, California
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“Inspired to return to Northern New Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

I was greeted kindly by a tour guide who gave us name badges and putuson a bus to view the area that Georgis chose to paint. We were shown her paining and the site and discussed how she worked on at east seven renditions to get the abstract genre she so loved. i have no complaints - making the reservation on line wet smoothly, the tour guide was informative and eager to answer questions, and the bus driver had facts to share as well. I know nthing about the ranch itself. The photo ops were awesome!

Visited September 2013
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“Kitchen Mesa Hike at Ghost Ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We took a day trip from Santa Fe to hike the Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch. The Visitor's Center at Ghost Ranch, where you sign in and pay a $3 hiking fee, has restrooms and a snack store. Lunch is also served in their dining hall. We started the Kitchen Mesa Trail at 10:15 a.m. The trail is described as 4.6-5 miles RT, moderate to difficult, with a very rocky trail and tricky maneuvering through a 15 ft. vertical slot (easier going down than going up). Prepare for being in the hot sun most of the time. Once on top, make sure you bear to the right, since there is a mesa that also goes to the left. You want to head to the bare white rock area and continue on until you reach a point with a small sign saying "unstable ground - keep out"(or something similar). We especially liked this part of the hike, since there were nice breezes on top. We loved our picnic lunch stop on top, as far to the edge as we could get, with expansive views of the scenery. Just gorgeous!! We spent 3 hours and 35 minutes doing this hike (that includes our lunch stop). This is a great trail for solitude, since we only saw a few hikers near the start of the trail.

Visited September 2013
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Avon Lake, Ohio
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“Great Place, mediocre tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Ghost Ranch is a location with such stunning natural beauty that it is hard to believe or describe. The places where GO painted are just as they were then. The tour was only useful when we were able to get off the bus. Otherwise, it was oversold, so I was stuck on the back seat, which was very low and had no window, so the places that the guide described were not visible. At all.

Visited October 2013
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White Plains, New York
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“O'Keeffe Landscape Tour at Ghost Ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This former dude ranch, the site of Georgia O'Keeffe's "winter" home, today is owned by the Presbyterian Church which offers workshops, retreats, lodging and tours, including the excellent O'Keeffe Landscape Tour -- a must for fans of O'Keeffe, the outdoors and photography.

The well-informed and professional tour guides talk about the history of the ranch -- it was once owned by cattle rustlers! -- and of New Mexico's most famous artist. The tour, by bus, makes frequent stops at points where you can see and photograph the dramatic scenery Ms. O'Keeffe painted. You will also see, from the bus, Ms. O'Keeffe's residence, which is owned by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and is not open to the public.

A recent push by the Church to make Ghost Ranch self-sustaining, has resulted in more marketing, and in improvements to the facilities, from a demonstration farm, to horseback rides and tours, to updated accommodations for lodging. Hopefully, the marketing won't smother the folksy, friendly Ghost Ranch atmosphere.

When planning your visit to Ghost Ranch, leave plenty of extra time for ogling and photographing the scenery along Route 84, and for walking around or hiking on the ranch.

Visited September 2013
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Colden, New York
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Took the walk to chimney rock . One of the best views in New Mexico. Started out at 8:30 because it can get very hot. They asked for a $3.00 donation. The red rocks were just amazing.would love to go back and stay on the ranch.

Visited September 2013
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