“It’s the most wonderful place you can imagine. It’s so beautiful there. It’s ridiculous. In front of my house there are low scrub bushes and cottonwood trees and, further out, a line of hills. And then I have this mountain….”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
In 1929 Georgia O’Keeffe traveled to Taos at the invitation of friends Dorothy Brett and Mabel Dodge Luhan. It was there she first heard of Ghost Ranch and could see the silhouette of Cerro Pedernal on the horizon. She finally visited in 1934 and was captivated by the rugged, austere wildness of the red hills, variegated cliffs and sandy washes.
After many visits, in 1940, O’Keeffe ultimately became the owner of a very small piece of Ghost Ranch land: a house called Ranchos de los Burros that was set on seven acres. And thus, her New Mexico roots were established. She lived and painted at and around Ghost Ranch for the next fifty years.
In honoring the legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe at Ghost Ranch, we invite you to engage with Ghost Ranch through her journey. We offer retreats inspired by her devotion to craft, tours and trail rides through the landscape she adored, and mementos and stories with books, posters and other O’Keeffe treasures.
“I wish you could see what I see out the window—the earth pink and yellow cliffs to the north—the full pale moon about to go down in an early morning lavender sky . . . pink and purple hills in front and the scrubby fine dull green cedars—and a feeling of much space—It is a very beautiful world.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe Tours & Trail Rides
Register for one of our O’Keeffe Landscape Tour options.
O’Keeffe Landscape Tour—Motorbus tours are available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. through November 26th.
Walk in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Footsteps—Walk through the red hills every Friday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., April through November 25. These tours are limited to eight guests so reserve early.
Wednesdays With O’Keeffe Package Tour—Begin at the Abiquiu Inn where you check-in for the O’Keeffe Museum’s Abiquiu Home & Studio Tour. After, board a bus to Ghost Ranch for lunch and an afternoon Landscape Tour. May 18 through October 26.
Culture Pass—Monday, Wednesday and Friday, May through September. A full day of adventure at Ghost Ranch includes a tour, lunch and admission to Ghost Ranch Museums.
Order the O’Keeffe poster from our online Trading Post that was gifted to Ghost Ranch for exclusive reproduction, “Red and Yellow Cliffs”.
Photo Credit: Maria Chabot, Georgia O’Keeffe Hitching a Ride to Abiquiu with Maurice Grosser, 1944. Photographic print, 5 x 3 1/2 in. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of Maria Chabot. Copyright Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.