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“A place we'll never forget”
Review of Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Abiquiu
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We went to Ghost Ranch on a crisp December day and were two of only a handful of people that were hiking the Chimney Rock trail. The scenery was just beautiful. We were so inspired that a couple of weeks later on our way driving to Phoenix, we decided to stay for two nights. Very quiet up there in late December. It was COLD as you'd expect.....but that added to the serenity of the location. This time we hiked the Box Canyon. Didn't get all the way because it was slippery due to some snow. We paid $130 a night to stay in the Tumbleweed, which is a cottage on the mesa with a private bathroom. The room was nice and warm (very important in late December). The thermal headed floors really generate a lot of heat. Our biggest complaint was the cafeteria. I can't cook at all, but this food was just BAD. And, not cheap. We paid $12 a person for dinner which consistent of beef that my dog couldn't chew. A chef running a lodge should know how to slow cook beef. We ended up having to fill the taco with lettuce and tomatoes. Yum!! That's it. A $24 dinner. Breakfast was just as bad; cold eggs. The next evening we drove to the Abiquiu Cafe. It was a bit of a drive and if you don't have a car you are just out of choices as the ranch is so desolate. Fortunately we had a car and didn't have to endure another dinner at the ranch cafeteria. Obviously Abiquiu Cafe was more expensive, but what a treat! Great, great meal. Obviously Ghost Ranch is a retreat, but even pilgrims need to eat. Would have given this a 5 star because of the beauty, but they have to do something about the food. Have read several reviews about the staff. We found everyone to be very helpful and courteous.

4  Thank Rose h
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We love Ghost Ranch. We always take the tour offered showing the sites pictured in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. We hike and just soak in the beauty of this glorious place. What we least like is the cafeteria. The food is actually not bad at all but it is pretty basic and the cafeteria has a limited and rigid schedule. On the other hand, we are always grateful for the cafeteria because you are miles from any restaurant!

5  Thank lillydogyorkie
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

After visiting the Georgia O'Keefe house and studio, we drove over to Ghost Ranch, where she also lived, to do some hiking. There are three hikes there--we chose the one to Box Canyon, which was beautiful. It was an easy 2 hour round-trip hike on a well marked path--a few boulders to climb over, but nothing very difficult. The red rocks and badlands of Northern New Mexico are a site to behold--just spectacular!

3  Thank LoriRNYC
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Ghost Ranch has history, natural beauty and charm, but they aren't spending the money to renew....especially the magical old cottages ..there are new buildings that are well done, but why not spend some on the historic parts...and the food is bland and with limited choices.....the potential is limitless, but work needs to be done

2  Thank Ownerwilliam
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

While Ghost Ranch's fame may come from the Georgia O'Keefe home, skip that $30 tour and hit the hiking trails for one of three superb walks. We opted for Kitchen Mesa which, at 5 miles, was one of the more strenuous routes available. It did not disappoint -- the views were some of the best on our trip through New Mexico (including descending Sandia Peak in Albuquerque) and with no crowds whatsoever. The $3 per person suggested donation to explore the property is laughable... this place is well worth spending at least a full day and night to appreciate the beauty, solitude, and superb amenities. What a treat to visit such an unappreciated site for once! Please note that Kitchen Mesa has some mildly technical sections that require scaling rocks with the assistance of a rope.

1  Thank KlingonLoveGod
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