Stayed at Ghost Ranch to participate in a Birding Workshop on birds of Ghost Ranch and the surrounding area. I can't say enough about our wonderful experience provided by the Ghost Ranch and the leader of our group-Steve Cox-who is an accomplished wildlife and ornithology expert...and oh so patient. Although we grumbled about getting up at the crack of dawn (best time to view many species), Steve was unfailingly patient as he led us on various walks and trails searching for birds. After the initial early morning sessions, we all headed to the dining hall for breakfast-plenty of good basic choices. Then we prepared for the afternoon sessions which were either more hikes or piling in a big van to visit areas where particular species had been spotted. We were immersed in the area geology as well as the birds in that region. The workshop included 3 meals a day-either bag lunches which we could assemble from foods the kitchen laid out in a separate room, or a hot meal noon and evening. All meals were satisfying although not gourmet. Many other workshops were occurring at the same time along with many youngsters receiving outdoor education-it was fun to talk to folks from all over the country. I would definitely like to come back to Ghost Ranch for additional workshops as well as to hike in this gorgeous area. The elevation is around 6,000 - 7,000 ft. so try to get in some exercise before arriving or you may be huffing and puffing. There's a big variety of accommodations to suit most budgets ranging from tent camping, to shared rooms and baths, to separate rooms with private baths.
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