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Hiking the Enchanted Land of Ghost Ranch – G200437

Workshop ID: G200437
Dates: April 19 - April 24
Price: $595.00 - $1,275.00

Hit the trail and hike into the stories of history, geology, and archaeology that make this region of northern New Mexico so unique. Participants should be able to walk up to two to five miles at 6,500 ft in elevation on uneven terrain. Some days may include a sack lunch out on the trail.

After a brief orientation on the amazing geology of the area and a stop at the Ghost Ranch museums, visit private areas of the ranch. Experience the gift of being unplugged while listening to the sounds of the earth that surround us. Share stories of the land and people as well as tales of the ‘unseen’ world that add to the enchantment of this place.

 

Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,265.00
Commuter$595.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$855.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,275.00
Connie Burkhart

Connie Burkhart is a true Renaissance woman who has sculpted her life to include all the passions of her heart and soul. She is a metal design artist, singer-songwriter, musician, southwest wilderness guide, worship leader,


 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF THIS LETTER: 2020 Hiking Enchanted Land

Hello and welcome to ‘Hiking the Enchanted Land of Ghost Ranch’.

My name is Connie B. Burkhart and I am thrilled to have you join me for this unique experience as we hike and explore the heart and soul of Ghost Ranch. With over 25 years of instructing various workshops at Ghost Ranch and decades of leading wilderness/archaeology/geology expeditions with other organizations through the 4-corners region, I am excited to have the opportunity to share this amazing location in the high desert of northern New Mexico with you. Ghost Ranch is indeed a place that begs for exploration, so here we go!

This workshop will be a blend of hiking, stories of the land and its people, a campfire, a visit to the museums at the ranch, and adventure through exploration of rare sites of Ghost Ranch and the surrounding area.

You will be led off the marked trails with stories of the history, geology and archaeology of the region. Hikes will be between 2 to 5 miles in one day. You will be on uneven terrain over 6,500ft elevation.

Time will be given to find quiet space in the wilderness, where the experience is often more about the journey rather than the destination we are heading toward. There will be time to breathe and sit in silence to hear the songs of the desert on the wind. We will pay attention to the ancient stories of the land and people and there will be opportunities to explore and discover the treasures of this land, possibly finding fossils or artifacts that speak of ancient days.

The day you are scheduled to arrive, we look forward to meeting you at evening orientation after dinner where we will circle together and discuss the days to come. Our adventures will start the following morning with an overview of the geology of northern New Mexico and a walk through our museums of anthropology and paleontology. We will then hit the trail and eat lunch on the trail. We usually arrive back at the ranch around 3pm. Depending on the weather we may be away from the dining hall for lunch on multiple days, which means that we will pack our sack lunches after breakfast before we head out in the van for our destination of the day. Of course food is provided for us, but if you want extra ‘snacks’ on the trail you may bring them along. When we have lunch out on the trail we should arrive back to the ranch around 3pm so you will have some free time before dinner. During the week you might enjoy the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour or a horse back ride – find tour or ride info here.

Please find below a list of things that would be good to consider having for this adventure. Some items are available to purchase at the Ghost Ranch trading post, down the road at Bodes store or at the Family Dollar store you’ll see as you near Abiquiu. Also included below is a SAMPLE itinerary. Weather will dictate our final itinerary and length of time out on trails. Hikes will range from 2 to 5 miles with spring storms being our main focus of concern and safety.

We are going to have a wonderful experience together. I look forward to sharing some of my most cherished areas and stories of the ranch with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any other information that you may need.

Take Care and enjoy your day,

Connie Burkhart
505.484.9887
rdrckwmn@msn.com
connieburkhart.com


SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Daily Options may vary due to weather or ranch road access

DAY 1 / ARRIVAL DAY: Evening orientation AFTER dinner and a break out circle to meet one another and begin our journey together. We’ll go over the schedule for the week as well.

DAY 2  9 am – 3 pm Pack a lunch after breakfast then meet at 9am. Geology overview lecture, visit museums, then hike. Bring your water, lunch, rain gear if needed and prepare to be out in the wild and return to the ranch for the afternoon free time.
LECTURE – Where am I? A brief orientation of the lay of the land, the rocks, the rivers, and the volcanoes – let the stories begin.
HIKE – Visit one of several AWESOME destinations. Pack a lunch. Prepare for good things!
EVENING – Free (This is a good day to book evening horseback rides)

DAY 3  9 am – Noon: (This is a good day to book extra desired afternoon activities like horseback riding or the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour)
HIKE – Out on one of the spectacular trails and locations – back for lunch at the ranch. Afternoon free.
EVENING 7PM – Campfire / Smore’s & Songs – weather permitting

DAY 4  9 am – 3 pm Pack a lunch, bring your rain gear, water, etc and prepare to be out until about 3pm.
HIKE / SITE VISITS – All day adventure to several AWESOME destinations. Pack a lunch. Prepare for good things!
EVENING – Free (This is a good day to book evening horseback rides)

DAY 5  9 am – 3 pm Pack a lunch, bring your rain gear, water, etc and prepare to be out in the wild until about 3pm.
CIRCLE UP/ 4:30 pm – Giving Circle before dinner

DAY 6  DEPARTURE after Breakfast – I know, I always want it to last longer too!

 

ITEMS TO BRING

Multiple water bottles for long hikes
Flashlight or head lamp
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
A hat or bandana
Good shoes for off trail hikes. Heavy duty tennis shoes are fine.
At least one long sleeve shirt (for sun protection if needed)
Rain poncho or jacket
Light weight fleece or jacket – wind and evenings can get chilly
Baggies & TP for sometimes needed ‘bush breaks’ out on the trail
Lip balm
Sunglasses are a great idea too

Camera / Phone : A note about cell phones. We know a lot of us use our phone as a camera, but now that there is more phone coverage at the ranch and the surrounding area, we ask that you turn off your ring and/or notification of texts while on the trails. It can be a HUGE distraction in the wilderness. Thank you!


Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: registrar@GhostRanch.org.
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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