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“Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Too bad about the food and lodging”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Abiquiu
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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.
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“Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Too bad about the food and lodging”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

It's one of the most beautiful places on earth. Which almost forgives horrible, institutional quality food and very basic lodging. We were in the most posh rooms in Coyote, which were nice enough, but the others were so very basic. It's an expensive place to stay and eat, but highly suggested to come for the scenery-- so wonderful!

Visited September 2011
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“Recommend the O'Keeffe Landscape Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

We arrived at Ghost Ranch early and did the hike to Chimney Rock. The views on the hike are amazing, and it is well worth the effort. We enjoyed the Landscape tour by bus quite a bit. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about and interested in Georgia O'Keeffe's life and art. We especially appreciated that prints of her work were compared to the landscapes that we were viewing. If you are a fan of Georgia's art, this tour is a must-do. It provides insight to her work - to see what she chose to paint and what she chose *not* to paint!

Everyone we encountered at Ghost Ranch was wonderfully friendly and hospitable. Do make reservations early - a number of people showed up the day of the tour, and were turned away because it was full.

On your way to/from Ghost Ranch, consider a stop at Abiquiu Dam, and Echo Canyon. We didn't know about Echo Canyon, but heard afterwards that it is a really interesting place and worth a visit.

Visited September 2011
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Lyme, New Hampshire
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“Opera program”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2011

Basically I would say that this was the most disorganized trip I was ever on. The program director kept us waiting until the day before the class started to give out information, and even then the info provided was inadequate. Do these people just not care. We stayed in sage inn in Santa fe, a rather dowdy place.

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Liberty, South Carolina
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“Wonderful spiritual Place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

My wife and I visited GR after touring the Georgia O'Keefe home. The entire area is just beautiful. I love the camp atmosphere and simple spiritual nature of the GR. This is not a place for the types that have transformed Sedona into a tourist "trap". If you think your money makes you an icon and arriving in the big mercedes or porche will get you attention dont bother to come here, its not your kind of place and never will be.

This is for the folks that seek a retreat from the modern world, a place to find your soul and let it blossom. I can feel why O'Keefe loved this place.

Visited September 2011
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St. Louis
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“It's all about the sky.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

On a recent trip to Santa Fe (a personal favorite), a friend and I decided to spend the day exploring the countryside. We had been up to Taos on the high and low roads(beautiful journey...but Taos town was a disappointment). We'd been through Los Alamos and along the crest of that range of mountains (incredibly diverse things to see and do on that route). But this time, we had to see the topography that so inspired Georgia O'Keefe. There really aren't words adequate to describe the landscape on route 84. Spectacular red rocks. Jutting mesas of bright clay and sparkling white. And the sky! It goes on forever. And whether it's due to the landscape's dryness or some other meteorological factor, the clouds in that sky are like nowhere else. They are perfect in a thousand ways. You'll want to stop the car every mile to take a picture of yet another beautiful view. At this point, Ghost Ranch -- the original -- is owned by a church and run as a a sort of retreat (various classes and tours available some days...not the one we went up). Nothing spectacular in the man-made parts of the place. Quiet and calm. And O'Keefe's actual home (7 acres somewhere on the Ranch's original grounds) is closed to the public (at least most of the time). But what she so loved about the place is on wide-open view for all to see for free. Just look up and out and beyond. This area is now on my "top favorite spots in the U.S." list with Yosemite Valley and Glacier Bay. Jaw-droppingly beautiful in every direction.

Visited September 2011
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