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Day Trip to the Northwest

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O’Keeffe Country

 

See the landscapes of sandstone cliffs, tree-lined river beds and juniper covered foothills that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe and are reflected in her paintings. This trip takes you north from Santa Fe on US 285/84 connecting with US 84 in Española (approximately 23 miles north of Santa Fe).  For a more extensive day trip, you can continue on US 84 all the way to Chama (approximately 2 hours travel time).

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Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch: See the landscapes that O’Keeffe painted and visit the places where she lived and dreamed. Guided tours of her restored adobe hacienda in the village of Abiquiu are available by advanced reservation at 505-685-4539.  Please call as far in advance as possible to book your tour.

Ghost Ranch is a large property owned by the Presbyterian Church north of Abiquiu replete with geological wonders and spectacular landscapes, many of which you’ll recognize from O’Keeffe paintings.  Abundant hiking opportunities exist throughout the area.

Abiquiu Lake: This man-made lake offers seasonal swimming, boating and some of the finest fishing in Northern New Mexico.  The reservoir, which was created by damming the Rio Chama, offers many opportunities for camping and hiking among the Pinon (Pine), Juniper, and Sage, ensconced among colorful rock formations.

Echo Amphitheater: This natural sandstone formation is a great place to camp or picnic while admiring nature’s handiwork of wind erosion on rock. Cumbres Railroad

Los Ojos:  Further up US 84 in Los Ojos, you can visit the showroom of Tierra Wools.  This is a weaving cooperative where the art of traditional Hispanic weaving still thrives.  Rio Grande style textile products are produced on-site in the showroom and are offered for sale.

Chama and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Travel further north on US 84 (about 2 hours from Santa Fe, or 110 miles), to reach Chama.  Nestled in the valley of the New Mexico Rocky Mountains, Chama is the southern terminus of the scenic narrow-gauge railroad that makes a spectacular trip through the alpine backcountry of New Mexico and Colorado. The rail trip north is an all-day excursion. Call 505-756-2151 to obtain departure times, tour durations and to make reservations.