This is a general travel tips glossary for all visitors to Ghost Ranch. If you are coming as Ghost Ranch workshop participants, please see additional information under RETREATS.
ACCESSIBILITY – There is a 5 to 15-minute walk between rooms and meeting facilities on uneven terrain.
ALTITUDE – Ghost Ranch is at 6500 feet. Those with significant health problems should consult with their personal physicians as to the safety of being at this altitude in this remote location.
ARRIVING EARLIER OR STAYING LATER – If you are coming to a Ghost Ranch workshop or a non-Ghost Ranch event and would like to arrive earlier or staying later than your event dates, you must make extended stay reservations at the front desk. Stays before or after the scheduled event will be charged at the regular overnight lodging fee which is different from the group fees and weekly workshop charge for lodging when you are enrolled in a Ghost Ranch class.
ATM – There is no ATM at Ghost Ranch.
AUTOMOBILES – Driving on the Ranch is discouraged for environmental reasons and because we have so many people walking on the roads at Ghost Ranch. If you must drive, please observe the 15 mph speed limit.
BODYWORK – Nationally certified massage therapists provide a variety of techniques from reflexology to Swedish massage. Make appointments at the front desk.
CAMPGROUND – The campground has tent sites, electric sites, and RV sites with full hook-ups. Campsites are not pre-assigned. Specific sites may not be reserved in advance. Campground rates do not include meals. Meal tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center.
CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES –
- For Tours – There are no refunds for missed or cancelled tours, however, you may use the credit to reschedule the tour within one year.
- For Overnight Lodging – We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If cancellation is not received within 24 hours, the credit card on file will be billed for a one night stay.
- For Ghost Ranch Workshops – Written notification must be received no later than 30 days prior to the start date of your course in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. Changes in announced leadership and cancellation due to small enrollment sometimes happens. Registrants will be informed as time permits. In these circumstances registration will be fully refunded if desired or transferred to another course.
CANTINA – The cantina is a fun place to stop by and get yourself and your kids a snack, play ping pong and make new friends. The cantina is open June, July and the first 2 weeks of August.
COFFEE SHOP – There is a coffee station with specialty flavors in the Welcome Center that is open during Trading Post hours.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE – You can go to the entrance of Ghost Ranch to get cell phone service but it is inconsistent elsewhere on the Ranch. You may want to let your friends and family know that coverage is intermittent. In case of any emergency, please let family and friends that you may be reached by calling 505.685.1000 ext. 0
CHECK IN, CHECK OUT TIMES – Please plan to check in at Ghost Ranch by 5:30 on arrival day; check out time is 10:00 a.m. on departure day. Dinner service in the dining hall ends at 6:30 p.m. If you will reach the Ranch after 6:30, please pick up something to eat along the way.
CHILDREN & YOUTH – Children enjoy hiking, swimming (seasonal), visiting museums, buckaroo rides, the Ghost Ranch library and the Cantina/Social Center (seasonal).
CREDIT CARDS – We accept VISA and Mastercard at the Trading Post and at the front desk. We do not accept Discover and American Express.
EMERGENCIES AT HOME – You may want to let your friends and family know that cell phone coverage is intermittent. In case of any emergency, please let family and friends know that you may be reached by calling (505) 685-1000 ext. 0. If it is an emergency, we will make every effort to reach you in a timely manner and if we can’t find you, we’ll leave a message for you in your room.
EXTENDED STAY – Please see ARRIVING EARLIER OR STAYING LATER above.
FEES – Fees must accompany your reservation.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – A limited number of scholarships are available for Ghost Ranch workshop, use this link. For additional information on scholarships contact the Registrar at 505-685-1000 ext. 4155 or 505.685.1002.
GOLF CARTS – A very limited number of golf carts are available for persons with special needs to make it easier to get around the Ranch. Please notify the Registrar if you need a golf cart.
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY – There is a limited number of handicapped accessible lodging with wheelchair accessible showers. Please note that there is a distance between rooms and meeting facilities on uneven terrain. There are no sidewalks or paved paths and no handicapped accessibility to the Welcome Center or front desk.
HORSEBACK RIDING – Trail rides are available for a fee year round, weather permitting. Special riding experiences for the younger rider are also available. Reservations can be made at the front desk.
LABYRINTH AND KARESANSUI – Both are located near the Arts Building. Walk the half-mile path of the labyrinth (modeled on the design in Chartres Cathedral) or sit on the contemplation benches at the Karesansui (Zen garden) for prayer, meditation, reflection and mindfulness.
LIBRARY – An excellent library containing thousands of books plus daily newspapers and current magazines, is open to guests 24 hours a day, year round.
MAGIC PLACE SALE – During summer Ghost Ranch weeks, on Saturday afternoons, 12:00-2:00 PM, Ghost Ranch instructors and staff sell items from their areas of expertise. Ten percent of the proceeds go to Ghost Ranch arts projects.
MASSAGE THERAPY – See Bodywork above.
MEALS – Non-vegetarian and vegetarian entrees plus a salad bar are offered at lunch and dinner each day. The Food Services staff will make every attempt to meet your special dietary needs; please list them on your registration form.
MEDICAL FACILITIES – We have a first aid center on site during the summer workshop season. The closest health care clinic is 15 miles south and the closest major hospital is 40 miles away in Española.
MERCADO – On Friday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 PM during summer and fall Ghost Ranch weeks, programs, local artisans sell handmade craft items. Five percent of proceeds go to the general Ghost Ranch fund.
MUSEUMS – The Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology are located just west of the Lower Pavilion a short walk from the Welcome Center.
MUSEUM SHOPS – Museum shop quality pottery and jewelry, along with paleontology and archaeology logo items and other gift items are available from local artisans.
ORIENTATION – Orientation is held for Ghost Ranch workshop participants after dinner on arrival day. Courses begin the following morning.
PETS – For day guests, leashed dogs are allowed to visit and hike. If you are in a self-contained RV that your pet can comfortably stay in, they are welcome to join you overnight in the campground. They are not allowed in any other lodging, Dining Hall or museums. Leashed pets are welcome to go with you as you explore the property. Assistance animals with prior notification to the Registrar’s Office are allowed. 505.685.1017
REFUNDS – Workshop Registration fees are refundable (less $100 processing fee) up to 30 days before the course begins. No allowance is made for missed meals or voluntary early departure.
ROPES COURSES – Activities designed to build self-esteem or for team building are available through our Outdoor Adventure program depending on availability of instructors. Arrangements may be made at the front desk in the Welcome Center.
SHUTTLE SERVICE – Please see this page for details about how to get to Ghost Ranch.
SWIMMING POOL (outdoor) – Located near the Dining Hall, the pool is open for lap swimming at times scheduled by the life guards. Day and evening hours are posted, summer weeks only.
TEMPERATURE – Temperatures range from 50 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer; spring and fall can range from 0 (but not often) to 70.
TOURS – From the Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour to the History Tour you won’t want to miss the many tours offered by our Tours and Activities staff. Reservations required at the front desk.
TRADING POST – A great selection of souvenirs, books, posters, jewelry as well as toiletries and many other items are available for sale in the Trading Post in the Welcome Center.
TRAVEL TO GHOST RANCH – Please see this page for details.
VALUABLES – Though you can lock your room while you are inside, we have no rooms with keys so your room is unlocked when you leave it. If you must bring valuables with you, please plan to lock them in your car when not in your possession. We do not have a safe for guests’ valuables.
VEGETARIAN MEALS – Please see MEALS above.
WHAT TO BRING –
- Casual clothes for layering, a jacket or sweater for evenings; sturdy, comfortable walking shoes
- A flashlight
- Swimming suit
- Rain gear and an umbrella
- Protection from the sun: hat, sunscreen, water bottle
- Small day pack to carry water bottle and snacks if you plan to hike
- Things for your room: an alarm clock, a fan, a hair dryer if you use one
- Toiletries (but don’t worry if you forget something, we have supplies in the Trading Post)
- Bug repellent
- And please remember your camera. You’ll want to capture memories of your stay.
WHAT TO DO –
Swimming, hiking, horseback riding, massage, museums, shopping, library, labyrinth, O’Keeffe tour, history tour, movies tour, snacks at the cantina, play on the children’s playground, boating, rafting, ropes courses
WORSHIP – Services of meditation and community worship are held each morning while summer courses are in session. All are invited to join us for worship in the Agape Center every Sunday at 8:45 AM.