What to Expect: Ghost Ranch Hiking Tour in Abiquiú from Taos

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After picking you up at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, you will enjoy a scenic drive through the bucolic backroads from Taos to Ghost Ranch. You’ll easily create in your mind’s eye old western movie backdrops, with the red earth covered in dusty green sagebrush and craggy outcroppings of multi-colored basalt, blazing past your window.

We’ll stop at Bode’s General Store, which was established in 1919 in the small village of Abiquiu, for a quick pit stop. Here, you’ll experience New Mexico’s still thriving first General Store, housing unique treasures only found at this historical marker.

Then, our journey takes you to the edge of the Colorado Plateau, where you will hike with magnificent arroyo views of the Chama River Valley and immerse yourself in the colorful ribbons of sandstone.

New Mexico’s State Fossil, the Coelophysis dinosaur, was discovered in Ghost Ranch by paleontologist Edwin H. Colbert in 1947. The over one thousand well-preserved fossilized skeletons pieced together a dinosaur that could be likened to a smaller version of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and was celebrated as a valuably rare discovery. So, while you take in the aromas of ancient piñon forest overlooking an earth that has captivated so many artisans, you’ll also learn more about this prehistoric geomorphology that once lay beneath an ancient sea.

Following our hike, we will head to Café Abiquiu & LaTerraza in Abiquiu to enjoy a gourmet lunch at this historic gem infused with local flare.

Finally, with fresh tan marks, lots of fresh air and fresh memories, we’ll journey back to Taos through the tiny village of El Rito, which is rich with juniper, piñon, cane cholla and cedar. Book this day tour to experience the beauty of Ghost Ranch, discover the views that stimulate artistic passions, and imagine prehistoric nature’s escapades along this majestic terrain. To read more about this experience visit our travel blog on this tour.