Abiquiu and Surrounding Area
Abiquiu is now a peaceful village with gorgeous views all around. There is much to learn about the area of Abiquiu and lots to explore. Very close to Abiquiu there are a number of interesting places to visit and a host of events showcasing the talents of area residents.
- The second home of Georgia O’Keeffe. Located right in the village of Abiquiu, this is the only house you can tour. Her home at Ghost Ranch is closed to the public. To arrange to see the house, owned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, call 505-685-4539 or take a Georgia O’Keeffe and the Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour.
- Dar al-Islam Islamic community and Plaza Blanca. Perched above Plaza Blanca, which Georgia O’Keeffe called the white place, is the Muslim mosque of the Dar al-Islam Islamic community. Ghost Ranch arranges to take groups to the mosque as part of our ecumenical studies. Anyone can see and hike at Plaza Blanca. For more information about Dar al Islam: http://www.daralislam.org.
- Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert. This beautiful old Roman Catholic monastery is reached by a rough dirt road, accessible in good weather. Many Ghost Ranch visitors go to visit the monastery as a very pleasant day trip. For more information visit their web-site atwww.christdesert.org.
- Abiquiu Dam and Reservoir. A good place for boating or swimming, the US Army Corps of Engineers flooded this area, much of it belonging to Ghost Ranch, in 1963. The lake is formed by the dam on the Rio Chama about half way between Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch on Highway 84.
- Pueblo ruins. A little south of Abiquiu, just past Trujillos Store, there’s a small parking lot marked with a National Forest Service sign. A short but steep walk from the parking lot will take you to the ruins of the Poshuouinge Pueblo, inhabited in the 15th century. Looking down from the marker at the end of the trail you will see the remains of 700 ground floor rooms encircling two plazas and a large central kiva. Well worth the stop.
- Echo Ampitheatre. This natural rock formation just north of Ghost Ranch is a favorite stopping place to eat a packed lunch in the picnic grounds. Walk to the base of the huge hollow area worn from the side of the cliff, call out your name, and it will be echoed back to you. The shades of red, gold and brown in the cliffs in this area make it an ideal place for photographs.
- Each year on Columbus Day weekend, take the Abiquiu Studio Tour to visit the studios of area potters, sculptors and painters. For more information about the Studio Tour visitwww.abiquistudiotour.org.