History, erudition, research, spirituality & scenery.
On a northern New Mexico road trip some years ago, I drove into Ghost Ranch, looked around and left, vowing to return someday for a longer visit. “Someday” just occurred, but it wasn’t much longer — just an overnight after the SATW Western Chapter meeting in Santa Fe.
Located at the edge of the Colorado Plateau where it rises from the Chama Valley, its first Anglo settlers were the Archuleta brothers, notorious cattle rustlers. It is most famous as the first New Mexico home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe. If a landscape can be a muse, this region and this land were O’Keeffe’s. The legendary painter was inspired by the luminous light, the big skies and the sharp landscape. We were not so lucky. Rain, mist, fog and snow had their way with the landscape.
We went on the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour, Ghost Ranch’s most popular, to a sizable parcel of the 31,000-acre ranch that is not open except with a guide.
Ghost Ranch is known for human endeavors as well — including small but impressive paleontology and archeology museums. It also offers workshops on various topics and spiritual retreats, outdoor adventure activities and more.
Ghost Ranch accommodates legions of lodging guests for as short as a one-night stand to a week or more. Lodging is simple — and repeat visitors like it that way. Buildings resemble summer camp. No in-room phones, no daily housekeeping, vintage furniture and fixtures, limited WiFi What Ghost Ranch is not known for is food. It is institutional — easy to make in vast quantities, bland and offered for just an hour per meal in serve-yourself food lines. Take your tray, scrape your plates and your used items to the dish room — just like the Army, my husband noted. Adult beverages are not served, but BYO is fine — and that was fine with us.
FoMoInfo: 505-685-1000, Ext. 0.