Abiquiu (AH-bi-kyoo) is a village in the north central region of New Mexico, USA. Despite its small population, it is interesting for attractive scenery and for Ghost Ranch, a conference center and living museum. In the village proper, one can visit the home of famous painter Georgia O'Keefe.
Abiquiu is about 60 miles north of Santa Fe on US highway 84. This road from Santa Fe is generally passable as far as Abiquiu even after winter storms, as unlike some of the region's other highways, it stays in the valley. However, north of Abiquiu, it can be messy in the winter, so check on conditions if you're approaching from Colorado. The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque 60 miles south of Santa Fe.
The North Central Regional Transit District "Blue Buses" provides free bus service into and out of Abiquiu on Tuesday and Thursday with routes that connect the counties and communities of Rio Arriba (Abiquiu), Santa Fe, Taos and Los Alamos with a stop at Bodes General Store.
There's not much town to get around in. Most of the outlying attractions are on good road, but if you're heading into the Jemez Mountains (see under "Go next"), a high-clearance vehicle is a good idea if you're going to get off the main highway.
- Ghost Ranch, toll-free: . Since 1955, Ghost Ranch is an education and retreat center owned by the Presbyterian Church. It is open to all visitors. The ranch is about 15 miles northwest of the village, just north of the lake off of US 84. Georgia O'Keefe maintaned a summer home here starting in 1934, and later purchased a home in the village proper. The Ghost Ranch home of Georgia O'Keefe is not open to the public.
- Much of the red-rock scenery commonly associated with O'Keeffe's work is seen well from the highway through town, US 84. Continue north past Ghost Ranch to Echo Amphitheater, where a short, easy trail leads to the eponymous geological feature.
- Georgia O'Keefe House (Once reservations are made, check in at the Abiquiu Inn.), ☎ . The main home and studio of Georgia O'Keefe in Abiquiu. Open to the public on a reservation basis, you must book online at the link provided. No walk-ins are allowed.
- Water sports are available at nearby Abiquiu Lake, one of a number of small artificial lakes built primarily to control flooding along the Rio Chama and Rio Grande. Picnics and rustic camping are possible. Abiquiu Lake is generally held to offer some of the best fishing in New Mexico.
- Hiking trails into the red-rock country around Ghost Ranch are reachable from near town. To experience mountain hiking, try the route suggested under "Go Next."
- Christ in the Desert Monastery, Forest Service Road 151 (About 75 miles NW of Santa Fe and about 53 miles S of Chama, NM, off US Rt. 84, on Forest Service Rd. 151. Just north of Mile Post 227 on US 84 is a small sign (Monastery) marking the turn onto Forest Service Road 151. The turn is about 1 mile N of the Pedro Lumbre Visitor's Center and 1 mile S of Echo Amphitheater. Continue on Forest Service Road for 13 miles. It is a dirt and gravel road which can be steep and narrow at points, and quite slippery when wet. In dry weather, it is quite safe (my little Honda Civic handled it fine). There are no services on the road, and traffic is light. During the snowy winter, a four-wheel drive vehicle is advisable. Not recommended during inclimate weather. See News on their website for updates on driving conditions. There are several turnouts along the way which lead to the Rio Chama for picnicking and hiking.), ☎ . 9:15 am-5:00 pm. The Monastery is situated in a beautiful, quiet canyon in northwestern New Mexico, surrounded by miles of government-protected wilderness. The chief architect of the original monastery was George Nakashima, famous Japanese-American woodworker and architect. The church, meditation garden (next to the church), gift shop, and restrooms located in the lobby are open to the public. Visitors are welcomed. Free.
- Bode's General Store, 21196 U.S. 84 (driving north on Highway 84 to Bode's, an easy hour's drive from Santa Fe), ☎ . A true general store since 1919. Also the last gas station going north until Cebolla. Variety of groceries, snacks, beer, wine and spirit. Organic frozen meats, selection of wines, large selection of cold beer and drinks. Cleaning and paper products, household and picnic needs. Also a cafe with fresh-brewed coffee, pastries, pies, muffins and cookies. They serve up breakfast in the A.M., and burgers, burritos, frito pie, deli sandwiches and more for lunch. They also have beer on tap. After 3:30, they have a hot case with burritos and burgers, and a cold case with sandwiches and salads.
- Cafe Abiquiu, ☎ . On US 84;. An entertainingly eclectic menu with Southwestern and Mediterranean dishes featured. Open three meals a day. At the rustic little Abiquiu Inn; see below under "Sleep."
- Mamacita Pizzeria, 20814 Hwy 84, Abiquiu NM (Corner of US 84 and NM 554), ☎ (505) 685-4111. Reasonably decent pizza. Right next door to Los Caminos Bar
- Los Caminos Bar, Highway 84, Abiquiu NM (About 4 miles east of the village.), ☎ (505) 685-4635. Serves beer on tap, also serves liquor and mixed drinks. They also have package sales. Mostly a local hangout.
- Camping is possible at Abiquiu Lake, and also at Echo Amphitheater campground a few miles to the north.
- Abiquiu Inn, on US 84, +1 505 685 4378. A good place to spend a quiet night far out in the boonies; both Cafe and Inn are much more comfortable than you'd expect. 25 great Casitas with Kiva fireplaces & wonderful views.
- Casa del Rio Bed and Breakfast, on US 84, 505 753 2035. Hiking trails nearby.
- Ghost Ranch (Ghost Ranch), ☎ . Bed and Breakfast, lodging and camping available at Ghost Ranch. Rooms are basic, no frills, but clean and comfortable with magnificent views.
- The Casita del Lago, on Abiquiu Lake, ☎ . Two bedrooms, two bath luxury casita on 23 private acres. Casita has a full kitchen, dining/living room, laundry facilities, indoor and outdoor fireplaces/fire pits, wireless internet and TV, outdoor hot tub under the stars. Across the lake from Ghost Ranch. Amazing views, short hike to the lake.
- Las Parras de Abiquiu Vineyard & Guesthouse (About an hour north of Santa Fe on US 84. Just north of the center of Abiquiu, turn left into the gated property. Reservations required.), ☎ +1 505 685-4200 or +1 800 817-5955. Check-in: 3:00 pm, check-out: noon. A true country experience. The 55-acre compound is surrounded by the white cliffs and mesas. There are two large, comfortable bedrooms, each with beautiful vistas of the landscape. Each includes a king size bed with down comforter, private full bath with Mexican tile, wood burning fireplace, hand carved furniture, private entrance & brick portal, thick terry towels & robes, and extra luxuries. $130/night for 2 people (no breakfast).
- The pretty Jemez Mountains are south of town and can be seen to good advantage from either Abiquiu Lake, or better, NM SR 96 along the north side of the range. Trailheads leading into San Pedro Parks Wilderness and other points in Santa Fe National Forest are reachable by side roads from this highway, but two warnings: First, many of the side roads are rough enough to require high-clearance vehicles, and in spring and early summer, 4-wheel drive is nearly essential owing to muddy spots. Second, there have been problems with vandalism to vehicles parked in this region.
|Routes through Abiquiu|
|Pagosa Springs ← Chama ←||N S||→ Española → Santa Fe|