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Coming to Ghost Ranch FAQ’s

Welcome! We are so glad that you will be spending time at Ghost Ranch.

While we recognize that you are here for a specific group activity, we want to share a bit more about what you can see and do while you are here. Whether your group stay includes an overnight or a single day group event, our tours, hikes and horseback trail rides are available to help you create the perfect Ghost Ranch adventure.

Ghost Ranch is open year-round, seven days a week. The Welcome Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. In addition to other tours listed below, a daily half-hour walking tour is available at 11:15 for $5 -sign up at the Welcome Center. Please call to confirm availability on holidays. 505.685.1000, ext. 3.

What should I bring?

What to bring when you are coming for the day:

  • Casual clothes for layering, a jacket or sweater for evenings; sturdy, comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain gear and an umbrella
  • Protection from the sun: hat, sunscreen (any time of year)
  • Refillable water bottle or you can purchase one the Trading Post – there are refill stations in Lower Pavilion
  • Small day pack to carry water bottle and snacks if you plan to hike
  • Bug repellent (summer)
  • Binoculars
  • And please remember your camera. You’ll want to capture memories of your stay.

What to bring when you are coming for an overnight stay – everything above, plus:

  • A flashlight
  • Please remember to bring a sufficient supply of medications for your stay
  • Things for your room: an alarm clock, a hair dryer if you use one
  • Swimming suit – our pool is outdoor and seasonal, but you may want to book a soak at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs which is down the road
  • Toiletries (but don’t worry if you forget something, we have supplies in the Trading Post)
  • Your favorite book (If you forget, you can always find something in the Library)

What will the weather be like?

Summer evenings can be cool with high daytime temperatures. Winter days can be a mixture but nights tend to be cold.
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At what times are meals served?

You are welcome to join us for meals in our Dining Hall. If your group hasn’t contracted meals, you can purchase meal tickets at the Welcome Center and outside the Dining Hall. Menus are subject to change but lunch and dinner always include a salad bar.

  • meal times and fees 
    7:30-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast | $10
    noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch | $12
    5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner | $14
  • Children 4-12 pay half price.

High Altitude Information

Ghost Ranch is situated in the high desert of New Mexico at an altitude slightly above 6,000 feet. For those coming from lower elevations or sea-level you will want to drink plenty of water, less caffeine and be sure to rest. Some folks might prefer to come a day early to acclimate. If you are able to take aspirin, it helps to thin the blood and keep the oxygen flowing.

Will my cell phone work at Ghost Ranch?

Cell phones get a signal at the entrance to Ghost Ranch by the City Slickers cabin, but it is inconsistent everywhere else 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. The signal also gets lost in the red rock area just south of Ghost Ranch so you may not be able to call the Ranch when you are nearing it, about the last 20 minutes as you approach from the south.

Is there WiFi in my sleeping room or anywhere on the Ranch?

There are a few Wi-Fi hot spots for internet connections around the Ranch. Service is sometimes intermittent and slow due to satellite and weather conditions. The following areas seem to have the strongest, most reliable signals.

  • Welcome Center Lobby
  • Library
  • Dining Hall
  • Upper Mesa

When are tours available?

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Read More About 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).

Museum Information

Entrance to our two Museums is included in the $5.00 per person conservation fee. 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 Trail Information

Located at the toe of the Colorado Plateau, this red rock country is full of exquisite beauty and wonder that’s 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. When you go for a hike, especially if hiking alone, please sign out and back in at the Welcome Center. Read More About Hiking Trails.

Is there shopping at Ghost Ranch?

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

Can I get a massage?

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. Read More About Massage Offerings and Bodywork.

Is there a swimming pool at Ghost Ranch?

There is a seasonal unheated outdoor pool usually open from June through mid-August.

Pool Open 1:00-5:00 pm Daily 
Ghost Ranch Guests: FREE

Day Visitors Adults: $5.00; Children (under 17) $2.50; Family Pass $12.00 Check-in and pay at the Welcome Center before proceeding to the pool area. 

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