Ghost Ranch Hiking Tour in Georgia O’Keeffe Country from Taos
8AM – 3:30PM | $225 per person + tax for party of two | $185 per person + tax for party of three or more | Offered Year-Round
We meet at Heritage Inspirations Travel Hub located at Taos’ El Monte Sagrado Resort at 8AM and will return to the same location at 3:30PM
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Journey from Taos to Georgia O’Keeffe Country through Scenic Back Roads
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 (later for lunch). 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 our hike, journey back to Bode’s General Store Abiquiu Kitchen to enjoy lunch at this historic gem infused with local flare.
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 Taos through the tiny village of El Rito valley, 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.
Additional Activities are available to add to these itineraries for additional cost. Please inquire with Angelisa Murray direct 575.779.5516.