Come for the Day

Whether visiting northern New Mexico or 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.

Ghost Ranch is open year-round, seven days a week.
The Welcome Center is open 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily through March 5, 2016.


  • Through March 5, 2016 the Welcome Center will be open from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • The Welcome Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with reduced hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
  • March 6 through May 31, 2016 the Welcome Center will be open from 7:00 a. m.-7:00 p.m.

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.


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).


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 delectible cafe.


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

  • 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

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