Plan a Visit

Come for the Day

There is so much to see and do at Ghost Ranch. Whether your visit includes an overnight stay or you come for the day–tours, hikes and horseback trail rides are available to help you create the perfect Ghost Ranch adventure for your true nature.

Whether visiting northern New Mexico or if you are one of the lucky ones who live in this remarkable region, you must take the drive and explore the natural and cultural riches of Ghost Ranch. The Highway 84 Rio Chama Corridor App can help you find fun along the way. Some of our local neighbors are also listed on this page of our website—Abiquiu & Surrounding Area.

Ghost Ranch is open year-round, seven days a week.
The Welcome Center is open 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily.


  • The Welcome Center will be closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with reduced hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Conservation Fee

There is a $5.00 conservation fee payable at the Welcome Center that allows guest access to hiking trails, labyrinth, Museums, bathroom facilities and campus grounds. Select from a broad spectrum of activities listed below, each designed to enhance a unique facet of Ghost Ranch.


Tours There is much to explore starting with two different guided Georgia O’Keeffe Tours and a Trail Ride through the landscape she painted during the fifty years the artist spent painting and living here. Other guided tours include Archaeology and Paleontology, the Ranch History, and our Movie Site Tour which visits sites of the numerous movies filmed here (Cowboys and Aliens, City Slickers, Wyatt Earp, and many more).


Museums Entrance to our two Museums is included in the $5.00 per person conservation fee payable at the Welcome Center. Visitors to the Museum may also leave a donation in the marked box should you wish to extend your generosity in support of the museums.

Visitors can tour the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology. On display are Native American tools, pottery, and ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian culture, 10,000 years ago through ancestral Puebloan times, to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos.

The adjacent Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology displays the fossils of the Coelophysis (SEE-low-FY-sis), a dinosaur discovered at Ghost Ranch in 1947. Ghost Ranch is the site of one of the best known paleontological digs in the Northern Hemisphere. The Coelophysis Quarry is a National Natural Landmark as designated by the National Park Foundation.

Hiking Trails

Located at the toe of the Colorado Plateau, this red rock country is full of exquisite beauty and wonder thats begging to be explored. At Ghost Ranch there are five trails that take you through red cliffs and hills, to lush green places, fill you up with expansive views and connect you to the richness of the landscape.


The Welcome Center houses our Trading Post stocked with books, art, O’Keeffe ephemera and a delectable cafe.


You are welcome to join us for meals in our Dining Hall. You can purchase meal tickets at the Welcome Center and outside the Dining Hall.

  • meal times and fees 
    7:30-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast | $9
    noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch | $11
    5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner | $13


While you are here, treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Nationally certified, licensed massage therapists offer massage, integrative bodywork and spa treatments daily. Advance reservations are suggested – 505.685.1000 or check at the Welcome Center when you arrive for availability.

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