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Georgia O’Keeffe at Ghost Ranch

georgia3It’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.

O’Keeffe Retreats

Choose from one of our many workshops lead by Georgia O’Keeffe experts!

Lessons from Georgia O’Keeffe’s Art, Life, Landscape 
Anna Koster
Sunday, June 19-Saturday, June 25

Georgia O’Keeffe Artist & Writer Immersion
Karen Butts, Kate Coleman, Annie O’Brien Gonzales Thursday, September 8-Sunday, September 11

Watercolors In O’Keeffe’s Backyard
Pomona Hallenbeck
Sunday, September 11-Saturday, September 17

Awakening Creativity & Spirit: Inspiration from the Land & Georgia O’Keeffe
Randee Lawrence
Sunday, September 25-Saturday, October 1

Georgia O’Keeffe Southwest Excursion Road Trip
Karen Butts, Kate Coleman
Tuesday, October 25-Saturday, October 29

Moonrise Orphan Mesa George Rainey_CMYK

“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.

O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Ride—Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. year-round. This ride is for riders of all skill levels ages 8 and up.

O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Ride at Sunset—Tuesday and Thursdays starting in May, this ride is for riders of all skill levels ages 8 and up. Times vary by season.

O’Keeffe in the Trading Post 

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.
Pedernal, 1945 Georgia O’Keeffe Pastelon paper 21 1/2 x 43 1/4 (54.6 x 109.9) Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Gift of The Burnett Foundation (1997.06.008) © 1987, Private Collection
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