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Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu

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Ghost Ranch is a 21000acre retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. It was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings. The conference center and lodgings at Ghost Ranch are run by the Presbyterian Church but open to the general public.
Ghost Ranch is part of Piedra Lumbre, a 1766 land grant to Pedro Martin Serrano from Charles III of Spain. The Rito del Yeso is a stream that meanders through the canyons and gorge, providing a drought-resistant source of water for life to thrive.
The canyon was first inhabited by the Archuleta brothers, cattle rustlers who enjoyed the coverage and invisibility that the canyon provided as well as their ability to see for miles down the valley. They created two jacal homes and would move stolen cattle throughout the night to Box Canyon. By transporting the cattle through streams, footprints would be lost and they could not be tracked. Stories of people staying with the Archuleta brothers who had gone missing circulated around the area. One day one of the brothers made a transaction without the other, and claimed he had buried the gold for safety. The second brother killed him, and kept his wife and daughter hostage until they admitted to knowing where the gold was hidden. Although the mother and daughter feared the rumored spirits of the canyon, they mustered up the courage to sneak away at night through the Chama Valley. A group of local men then came to the ranch, fighting through their fear, and hung the remaining brother and his gang from a cottonwood tree that still stands next to one of the casitas on the property. Other visitors who stayed in the casita later on noted that they could hear voices of a man and a woman fighting.
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  • I give this experience my highest recommendation. Everything about this ride was amazing. The scenery was stunning, the horses were well trained, and our guide, Daniel, was fantastic. He knew...  more »
  • Staying overnight at Ghost Ranch is like a soujourn in a Georgia O'Keefe painting. She lived at Ghost Ranch for many years and the mountains clearly inspired her. Overnight guests are able to hike.....  more »
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  • The grounds of the Ghost Ranch are incredible, first and foremost. Northern New Mexico is hard to beat. However, we stayed in the Poplar cabin for a wedding and found it pretty lacking for the price tag. It felt a lot like a summer camp for $145 a night with a shared bathroom. There was long dark hair (not ours) all over one of our pillows and dead moths on the floor when we arrived. Maybe a remodel is in store.
  • 10 stars. I only wish I had been able to spend more time here. The welcome center, the museums, the hiking trails, the dining hall, and the pool are excellent. I recommend the Mesa trail right behind the welcome center for panoramic views and Box Canyon for a more wild hike. Eat at least one meal at the dining hall - it’s worth the price! The pool has the best view from a pool I’ve experienced.
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