Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center Review
Open to the public year-round, this sprawling, stunningly situated ranch is busiest in summer, when the majority of workshops take place, and when visitors drive up having toured the O'Keeffe home in nearby Abiquiu. Now a retreat center, the ranch offers a wealth of interesting activities for day visitors, including two different guided Georgia O'Keeffe tours across the landscape she painted during the five decades that she summered here. Her original house is not part of the tour and is closed to the public. Other guided hikes amid the property's dramatic rock formations touch on archaelogoy and paleontology, history, and the several movies that have been filmed here (Cowboys and Aliens, City Slickers, Wyatt Earp, and a few others). Visitors can tour the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology, which contains Native American tools, pottery, and other artifacts excavated from the Ghost Ranch Gallina digs, and the adjacent Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology. Workshops, which touch on everything from photography and poetry to yoga and wellness, are offered throughout the year—guests camp or stay in semirustic cottages or casitas. And you can also sign up for guided trail rides, hikes (guided or on your own), massage, and more. When you arrive, drop by the welcome center, which also houses a trading post stocked with books, art, O'Keeffe ephemera, and a basic coffee station (there's also a cantina at Ghost Ranch open in summer).
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