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.
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