Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch
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The small town of Abiquiu sits in Rio Arriba County in the Chama River Valley, about an hour northwest from Santa Fe. Rather than just driving through on the way to the famed Ghost Ranch, stop at Penitente Morada (a former gathering place of the Spanish Penitente Brotherhood) and the Echo Amphitheatre with its great acoustics and gruesome legend, some 17mi (27km) from Abiquiu. Ghost Ranch and Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio have a visitor center, museum and trails. The famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who loved the mesmerizing New Mexican landscape of the high desert, lived here seasonally. She was inspired by stunning red rock cliffs surrounding this historic 21,000-acre (8,500ha) ranch, which is now an educational retreat center. Reserve tickets for the O’Keeffe’s house and studio well ahead of time, as spots sell out quickly. Other attractions include a paleontology museum and a 3mi (5km) out-and-back hiking trail to towering Chimney Rock.