What to Expect: Ghost Ranch + Abiquiu Landscapes Day Tour from Santa Fe

After picking you up at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, you will enjoy a scenic drive through Northern New Mexico, past the historic Camel Rock, and through the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, home to several northern pueblos.

As we approach Abiquiu, you’ll recognize vistas that have inspired artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and recognized familiar places from movies like Oppenheimer, City Slickers, and more. Red-rusted earth covered in the pygmy woodland forest of piñon and juniper and the craggy outcroppings of multi-layered ancient sandstone will blaze past your window.

Big horn sheep skull shown in front of an adobe building with indigenous pottery and textiles.
Hiking guide shown in Plaza Blanca, New Mexico.

Our first stop is Ghost Ranch, a 21,000-acre retreat situated on the Colorado Plateau. Here you’ll be immersed in colorful ribbons of Entrada sandstone and the timeless Morrison, Chinle, and Todilto formations. Following our Ghost Ranch hike, we’ll head to Bosshard Gallery in the village of Abiquiu.

This gallery was once the home of the original Bode’s Mercantile. Today, the gallery offers a fine representation of Northern New Mexican history with an extensive collection of Indigenous textiles, jewelry, and ceramics.

Now, it’s lunchtime! We’ll dine at the Café Abiquiu & LaTerraza in Abiquiu and enjoy lunch at this historic gem infused with local flair.

Following lunch, we’ll explore Plaza Blanca. This majestic and protected landscape treasure is made up of awe-inspiring towering obelisks. Discover the dynamic geology that explores the relics of our volcanic pyroclastic flows and a time when New Mexico was once an ocean. It was made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe through her series of paintings called “The White Palace” which will inspire the inner artist in you when you visit this hidden gem.

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico's sedimentary rock shown in summertime.
Three hiking guests in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.