Our Top 10 Abiquiu Recommendations
Here are our favourite things to see and do in Destination.
Some are well know, some not so well known. We are happy to help you schedule and book these activities. Our list is in no particular order!
1. Abiquiu Lake and The Village of Abiquiu
Abiquiu Lake is a 5,200-surface-acre reservoir that is surrounded by million-year-old red rocks and Cerro Pedernal. The lake is peaceful, calm and beautiful and offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area. Make sure you stop by the Abiquiu Dam and check that out, too. The Casita del Lago is located on Abiquiu lakefront property and is a short hike down to the water’s edge.
The village of Abiquiu has a downtown square with Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, St. Thomas Church, old adobe ruins and a very cool artifact/furniture store called Bosshard Gallery.
2. Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch is located across the Lake from The Casita del Lago. It is a wonderful spot for hiking, horse back riding, tours related to Georgia O’Keeffe and films produced in the area, the Museum of Paleontology, and more. With beautiful vistas in every direction, it is definitely a spot worth visiting.
3. Plaza Blanca
Plaza Blanca is one of our favorite spots with its limestone cliffs, oddly shaped rocks, 60 foot high obelisks and spires. Immortalized as “The White Place” in a 1940 painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, this is a great spot for hiking. But even if you don’t hike, it is worth taking the short walk into The White Place to see the limestone formations. Plaza Blanca is also the location where much of Cowboys and Aliens was filmed and where the spaceship was located. Plaza Blanca can be seen from U.S. Highway 84 to the north when approaching Abiquiú from the east. The trailhead begins at the end of the El Rito Road turnoff. 41174 Fictitious St. Abiquiú. 505-685-4954.
4. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert
We love visiting the peaceful Monastery of Christ in the Desert. It’s not so easy to get to (and don’t even try it when the roads are wet), but it is worth it! The Monastery is located on the shore of the Chama River, in the Chama Canyon Wilderness. We suggest visiting when you can observe Vespers.
5. Echo Amphitheater
Echo Amphitheater is a natural amphitheater carved into the side of a sandstone rock. It is a great place to bring kids – or anyone that wants to stand at the base and scream – to hear echo. There are also hiking trails nearby. The amphitheater is located down Highway 84, past Ghost Ranch.
6. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
A day trip to Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring baths is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. The springs are said to be spiritual and healing waters. The springs are sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters which have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. They offer eleven pools with different types and combinations of these waters with temperatures ranging from 80-109 degrees.
7. Ra Paulette Cave Tour
Artist Ra Paulete spent the last 25 years digging and carving caves into the soft sandstone cliffs around the region using nothing but his hands. The caves are decorated with carved designs and no two are alike. You can now tour one of his caves, “Windows of the Earth”, in nearby Ojo Caliente.
8. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm
Abiquiu’s Purple Adobe Lavender Farm is a great place to visit to wander through the lavender fields, shop in the gift store, and enjoy tea and treats in the Lavender Tea House.
9. Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a National Historic Landmark coal-fired steam engine that takes you on a 64-mile day trip through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Enjoy spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from the train’s unique route. You can choose between the deluxe parlor car or the budget-friendly coach car. Either way, a delicious buffet lunch is included. Trains depart daily from Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, between late May and October. A luxury motor coach chauffeurs you back to your starting point at the end of the ride.
10. Meow Wolf, Santa Fe
During your day trip excursion to Santa Fe, be sure to stop by Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is an “explorable, immersive art installation filled with technology, and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages. The wildly imaginative art space is a collaboration of over 100 local artists and is a unique combination of children’s museum, art gallery, jungle gym, and fantasy novel.”
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