Ghost Ranch

Awaking to sunny skies, we got a fairly early start, driving north about 1-1/2 hrs north to Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiú, NM.   The landscape is high desert and sprinkled with snow is more interesting than normal with the snow giving definition to the surrounding hills but it is not until we near Abiquiú that it really begins to get interesting. Sandstone cliffs begin to rise from the desert floor in layers of, red, pink and white.

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We had planned to hike the Chimney Rock trail but on talking to the gentlemen in the visitor center we learned about a landscape tour on a restricted portion of the property to points where Georgia O’Keefe had painted and that sounded interesting to us so we signed up. Our friends continued with their plan to hike.

We had about an hour before the tour so George and I headed down the Box Canyon trail passing three Native American hogans en route. It is a really lovely trail, easy walking and well maintained.

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Box Canyon Trail

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Native American Hogan

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Some of the buildings on the property were open and we had time to check out a few of them before the tour.

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Back at the Visitor Center we watch a short film on the ranch and then took off in a van to different sites on the other side of Chimney Rock.

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