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We fell in love with Abiquiú and the northern New Mexico area on our first trip. The land and water, in their silence and majestic beauty, are a gift. So, when we began our vacation rental property business, we knew we wanted to share the stillness, inspiration and adventure of this historically rich and geographically stunning area. Our guests enjoy 42 acres, lake access, incredible 360° views and detailed information on activities and places to discover. Our properties are the perfect home base to explore Georgia O'Keeffe country, major attractions, stunning scenery, history, culture and the arts. We welcome you.

About Abiquiú, A Northern New Mexico Treasure

Located between Santa Fe and Taos, the Village of Abiquiú, should be on everyone's bucket list. Georgia O’Keeffe made Abiquiú famous, and today you can still see the vistas represented in her paintings. Rich in inspiration, Abiquiú is a thriving artists' colony. Of course, we think the absolute best part of Abiquiú is a stay in our vacation properties – the two-bedroom, The Casita del Lago; one-bedroom, Abiquiú Lake Mesa; the guest rooms, The Studios of Abiquiú Lake; or the luxury bed and breakfast inn, The Grand Hacienda. They are the perfect stay and vacation rentals for your adventures!

Dinosaurs once roamed the lands and many of their fossils have been found in the area. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and cattle wrestlers all called this land home. Abiquiú is thought to be the beginning of The Old Spanish Trail, linking Santa Fe and Los Angeles.

 

Our most famous resident was Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist who began spending time here in the late 1920's. She eventually made Abiquiú her home  and  made it famous through her paintings. Today, you can still see the vistas painted and loved so dearly. It’s no surprise, but Hollywood found Abiquiú and many films have been produced here, including Magnificent Seven; the 4th Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Cowboys and Aliens; City Slickers; Wyatt Earp; The Last Outlaw and more. 

 

There is so much to do and see in Abiquiú:

  • Tour Georgia O'Keeffee's home and studio

  • Tour the sites where O'Keeffe painted - see what she saw!

  • Ghost Ranch hiking, tours, classes, museums, horseback riding, O'Keeffe, movie sets and more

  • Wander through Plaza Blanca

  • Scream at the Echo Amphitheater

  • Visit local studios and galleries in this artist’s colony

  • Reflect at The Christ Monastery in the Desert

  • Swim, raft, fish and rock jump at Abiquiú Lake

  • Raft the Rio Chama

  • Admire or hike Cerro Pedernal

  • Hike through Carson National Forest or one of hundreds of amazing trails

  • Visit Pueblos and immerse yourself in culture, visit ancient sites

  • Take a day trip to Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Canyon, Toltec & Cumbres Railroad, Meow Wolf and more

  • Simply recharge – relax, rejuvenate and restore

Our Location

Our properties are located on or above Abiquiú Lake in northern New Mexico. The Abiquiú Lake Vacations rental homes and guest room studios are centrally located near the major attractions, and yet they are private and remote. Enjoy amazingly beautiful 360˚ views of the lake, red rocks and Pedernal. This is the perfect location to explore Abiquiú area attractions and sights or relax and recharge in privacy.

  • Hike right from the front door – The Casita del Lago provides 22 acres of lakefront property and Abiquiú Lake Mesa and The Studios of Abiquiú Lake sit on 7 acres; Abiquiú Lake Vacations has a total of 42 acres to explore

  • Hike or drive to the lake for fishing, swimming and water activities (the time depends on the property)

  • Drive 10 minutes to hike Pedernal

  • Drive 20 minutes to visit Ghost Ranch for Georgia O'Keeffe tours, classes, museums, horseback riding and hiking

  • Drive 30 minutes to the Echo Amphitheater

  • Drive 30 minutes to the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour and the village of Abiquiu

  • Drive 30 minutes to visit local artist studios

  • Drive 35 minutes to hike and explore Plaza Blanca

  • Drive 40 minutes to the drop-in point for rafting down the Chama River

  • Drive 50 minutes to soak in the Ojo Caliente baths and springs

  • Drive 50 minutes to explore the Ra Paulette Cave Tour

  • Drive 60 minutes to shop, explore and ski Santa Fe

  • Drive 75 minutes to explore and ski Taos

  • Drive 80 minutes to hike and discover Bandalier National Monument

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Whether you are looking to hike, horseback ride, boat, raft, fish, swim, golf or ski, the Abiquiú region has natural wonders for you to explore. Take a tour or explore on your own - the opportunities are endless with this Abiquiú vacation home as your  base.

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Home of Georgia O'Keeffe and the subject of her paintings, Abiquiú   draws artists of every kind. Today, discover why so many movies are filmed in Abiquiú, visit O'Keefe's home and tour artists' studios. Enjoy original rock art pieces by Brian Thomas in each home. Abiquiú and your vacation rental will inspire you, whether you are an artist, writer or photographer.

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With a history that includes dinosaurs, Native American pueblos, Spanish explorers and cattle wrestlers, and ghosts/witches, you will find fascination discovering and exploring this region near your Abiquiú vacation home.

The History of Abiquiú

Phé shúu ú (also known as P'efu or Avéshu), was the name given by the Tewa people to what is known today as Abiquiú, a village that lies near the west bank of Rio Chama. Meaning "timber point," the name translates to stick of wood (phe) and projecting point of hill or mesa (shúu). The Spanish pronunciation of the Phé shúu ú (Avéshu) turned the name to Abiquiú as early Mexican colonists took over the area.

 

Historians believe Abiquiú was built on top of the ruins of a prehistoric Tewa Pueblo that existed in 1300 A.D. Native Americans inhabited Rio Chama Valley for thousands of years before the Spanish established a small town here in the early 1700s.

By the 1730s, early Hispanic colonists created ranchos and plazas in the Rio Chama Valley and founded Santa Rosa de Lima de Abiquiú.  However, because of the cultural and land conflicts between colonists and native people, these settlers frequently abandoned their homes.  In 1747, Santa Rosa de Lima was completely abandoned when the Utes and Comanche Indians attacked the settlers in a deadly battle.

In 1750, Spanish authorities mandated the resettlement of Abiquiú and relocated the village upstream to its present location, but the conflicts continued. So, in 1754, Governor Capuchin awarded a land grant to 34 "detribalized" Indian families (Genizaros) on the mesa above Santa Rosa de Lima. In return for the land grant, the Genizaros provided a military defense for the Spanish authorities. The Genizaros, who now owned their own land, built houses and named the new pueblo The Pueblo de Abiquiú.  So, the village of Abiquiú was founded in 1754, 22 years before American independence. 

 

One of the cultural conflicts centered around what was perceived by the colonists to be the practice of witchcraft. Many suspected "sorcerers and witches" were jailed and beaten. The Spanish authorities used this as a way to turn the Genezaro community away from their culture and natural healing practices. 

However, the treaty was never ratified by Congress and disputes over land continued. The government believed that land that had not yet been developed or farmed could be seized and distributed to new settlers. Despite their actions, the Pueblo de Abiquiú was able to protect its land grant because it had a well-documented history of ownership and use. The nearby Piedra Lumbre grant wasn't as lucky and that land was claimed by Thomas B. Catron (of the notorious Santa Fe Ring) and a group of entrepreneurs who eventually gained ownership of two-thirds of the grant.  Efforts in the mid-twentieth century to return some National Forest lands near Abiquiú back to the original Hispanic families who owned those original land claims were successful, thanks to negotiations initiated by the Presbyterian-owned Ghost Ranch.

 
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