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“Awesome” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Lightning Field

The Lightning Field
Quemado, NM
505-898-3335
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Quemado
Type: Valleys, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We loved our stay at the Lightning Field and we had lightning all around us in the evening and into the night. We listened to the rain pitter pattering on the roof of our remodeled cabin -- it was soo perfect.

I truly understand that Land Art is not just about the art, but about the art in the land. This really brought it back to me. Being able to stay there we were able to see it during the sunset and sunrise and that was very special. I highly recommend a visit to the Lightning Field. And if you have time go to Pie Town and have some pie -- 3 berry pie!! yum.

Visited September 2011
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“Much hype; minimal delivery”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

After all the "hype" and "oohs and aahs" I received when I mentioned The Lightening Fields, I was hugely disappointed, as were my friends. The reservation process is easy but the information available prior to the trip is as minimal as the experience.
Our feelings were that there is a of of polishing and embellishment that needs to be done. Yes, we know the land art installation is minimal but the "office" in Quemado is a shock...no one to greet, 6 old chairs in barren room, toilet out-of-order and when driver came out there were no introductions, no politesse, just "Are you ready"? During the 45 min drive she smacked gum constantly and never said a word. Even airport shuttle drivers are friendlier!!!
We were let off at OLD log cabin which was clean but bare, bare bones. For $150, we would have expected: enough chairs in living room and on porch overlooking installation for 6 guests to sit (not so), adequate lights to ready by, and some sign of hospitality (maybe a couple bottles of wine, a little bowl of flowers, etc). The information provided in small notebook is minimal. We were left with lots of questions. There are NO amenities or attempt to decorate, no comfortable furniture, meals are fine (no drinks provided); 1 bottle liquid soap in rooms, etc; it is like rustic Girl Scout camp! No one would take a shower in old showers. And, the house was overwhelmed with mice which kept us up all night (when we reported it to equally taciturn driver the next morning, she said she knew! Period).
The installation is amazing even though we had no lightening, lots of rain and how long can you look at a bare field even though the vistas and sunset were exquisite?
Everyone's reaction was that to justify charging $150, the Dia Foundation needs to take the experience UP 1 or 2 levels in hospitality and polish from drivers to accomodations.

Visited September 2011
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