Georgia O’Keeffe called Abiquiu home – and her home and studio are still standing in the village. She also had a home in nearby Ghost Ranch. And, many of the famous vistas captured in her paintings still are available for our exploration and discovery, especially Cerro Pedernal and Plaza Blanca.
No visit to Abiquiu should end before you retrace some of O’Keeffe’s footsteps. There are many tour options available to visit her homes, studio and the famous scenery she painted. You will want to book your tours in advance.
O’KEEFFE MUSEUM TOURS: https://www.okeeffemuseum.org/store/products/abiquiu/abiquiu-home-studio-tour/
Standard Tour: A tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s historic adobe home and studio offers an experience of the environment in which she lived and worked. The house inspired more than two dozen paintings: a door through the patio wall attracted her attention on a daily bases and she painted it more than twenty times. Similarly, the cottonwood trees, growing in the Chama River Valley below her studio, were the subject of more than two dozen paintings.
Behind the Scenes Tours: June 2 – September 8, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6pm: Tour O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio, and walk through the Black Patio Door – which inspired O’Keeffe to paint it many times – to enter the room behind, where she prepared her canvases. Go into the Fallout Shelter O’Keeffe built on the property in the early 1960s. Tour commences at the Home & Studio.
GHOST RANCH TOURS: https://www.ghostranch.org/visit/tours-trail-rides/okeeffe-tours/
Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour: Horseback Trail Rides through the area O’Keeffe called her front yard and her back yard at Ghost Ranch are also available year-round. The O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Rides are available at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily.
Walking in O’Keeffe’s Footsteps: This walking tour takes guests to the restricted area of Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe lived, painted and found inspiration. Walk through what O’Keeffe called “her red hills” – the Chinle formation. Your guide will demonstrate O’Keeffe’s painting sites by comparing prints of her paintings to the land forms before you. Geology of the area is discussed as are the High Desert (Upper Sonoran) flora and fauna and history of Ghost Ranch. https://www.ghostranch.org/visit/tours-trail-rides/okeeffe-tours/walk-georgia-okeeffes-footsteps/
Wednesday’s with O’Keeffe: March – November. Wednesdays With O’Keeffe combines the best of the northern New Mexico O’Keeffe loved. Board a bus for a guided tour to Ghost Ranch – learn about the history of the area, geology, flora and fauna. Enjoy a buffet style lunch in the Ghost Ranch Dining Hall or sit outside under the ancient cottonwoods. Board the motor coach for the Georgia O’Keeffe Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour and see through your own eyes the scenes and actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch.