Ghost Ranch Hiking Tour in Georgia O’Keeffe Country from Santa Fe
$249 per person + tax for party for two| $199 per person + tax for a party of three or more | Offered Year-Round Every Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Option to add Georgia O’Keeffe Abiquiu Studio Home Tour (depending availability) for $70 pp
2021 CLOSED UPDATE | Abiquiú Home & Studio Tour Season is March 5th – November 28th
We meet at our Heritage Inspirations Travel Hub & E-Bike Shop at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe at 8AM and will return to the same location at 3PM
Journey from Santa Fe to Georgia O’Keeffe Country through Scenic New Mexico Roads
After picking you up at the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe, you will enjoy a scenic drive through Northern New Mexico the past historic Camel Rock and through Espanola (the Lowrider Capital of the World). We will continue on the upper road by the Puye Cliff Dwellings to Ghost Ranch enjoying the expansive skies and view of the majestic plateaus that create the landscape of Northern New Mexico.
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 through magnificent arroyo views of the Chama River Valley and immerse yourself in the colorful ribbons of sandstone.
On our three-mile hike to Chimney Rock, you will learn about the geology that sculpted this textured land, as well as Georgia O’Keeffe’s story, the famous iconic painter who imprinted upon this multi-colored red hued region.
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 the hike refuel with a delicious picnic lunch while soaking in the views of Abiquiu Lake.
What visit to this Georgia O’Keeffe inspired terrain would be complete without seeing her home and studio tour? Her 1945 Spanish Colonial era compound overlooking the Chama river valley was a great muse to her and where she created many of her most memorable paintings. After our tour and picnic lunch, we’ll finish off the day with an exploration of the place that held O’Keeffe spellbound and the house and studio that fed her creative loner tendencies into masterful works of art.
Finally, with fresh tan marks, lots of fresh air and fresh memories, we’ll journey back to Santa Fe with a stop at Romero’s Roadside stand. You’ll get a taste of traditional New Mexican cuisine at this quintessential Northern New Mexico stand selling the best of New Mexican chiles.