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Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. Over 300 classes are offered each year in this beautiful setting.

200 million years ago Ghost Ranch and the American Southwest were located close to the equator, and had a warm, monsoon-like climate with heavy seasonal precipitation.Ghost Ranch includes a famous palaeontological site preserving Triassic dinosaurs. Fossil bones were found here as early as 1885

Ghost Ranch’s redrock scenery attracted many like Georgia O’Keefe, who fell in love with the geography, and soon split her time between living in New York and New Mexico. It also has attracted many filmmakers over the years. Including:

To say that this place is beautiful is an understatement that also shows in the photo above. Seeing something this stunning in a photo is nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes. I highly recommend going there and be sure to visit the Anthropology museum.


The San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, built between 1772 and 1816, is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico. It is also one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world; was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, and also photographed by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O’Keeffe is quoted as saying it is, “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.” The church was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. My family and I have been here multiple times to walk around this plaza area. There are great little stores and the people are friendly and helpful. ****You are allowed to photograph the outside of the church but no cameras are allowed inside.

As I walked out along the Rio Grande Gorge, a favorite of mine to visit, I came across a cyclists who told me that big horn sheep were farther down the path about 1/2 a mile. This being my first chance to possibly get a photo of these beautiful creatures, I sped up my walking to an almost jog.
To my amazement, there were 5 sheep and 4 were males with large horns. As I was not the only one standing there in awe of these creatures, I tried my best to get a quick shot before they moved along. Their horns are beautiful but I certainly don’t want to see them up close. I was grateful for even this brief moment!

“Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.” (NPS)

 

My family and I have been here multiple times and love it. Not only is it a great hiking area but it is educational. There are signs along the trails explaining some of the petroglyphs with a time line and dates they were made.
The trail, overall, is an easy walk and right next to town (upper left photo shows the proximity of Albuquerque)
I highly recommend it, especially for families.

The family and I took a hike up to Williams Lake yesterday. It was exhilarating and gorgeous!!
Williams Lake sits at 10,040 ft above sea level, surrounded by Taos Mountain and Wheeler Peak. This is a beautiful hike and can be quite challenging without the proper foot-wear in the early fall. We hiked up there in sneakers and slid quite a bit. It wound up being fun but fell a few times. I have a few bruises to show for it!All-in-all it was so worth it!!