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Abiquiu Lake is a 5,200-surface-acre reservoir that is surrounded by million-year-old red rocks and Cerro Pedernal. The lake is peaceful, calm and beautiful and offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area. Make sure you stop by the Abiquiu Dam and check that out, too.
The Casita del Lago is located on Abiquiu lakefront property and is a short hike down to the water's edge. You can also hike to the lake from Abiquiu Lake Mesa or drive.
Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tours
No trip to Abiquiú is complete without visiting the world's most famous female painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, home and studio. You can tour both and visit the famous vistas she painted.
The Home and Studio tour meets at the Georgia O'Keeffe Tour Office in downtown Abiquiu. Drive time is about twenty minutes. Tours of the vistas she painted take place at Ghost Ranch, which is a thirty minute drive.
Ghost Ranch is located across the Lake from Abiquiu Vacation Homes. It is a wonderful spot for hiking, horseback riding, tours related to Georgia O'Keeffe and films produced in the area, the Museum of Paleontology, tours of locations where many movies were produced and shot, and more. With beautiful vistas in every direction, it is definitely a spot worth visiting.
The roads back to Ghost Ranch are dirt/gravel. Driving time from Abiquiu Vacation Homes is about thirty minutes.
Plaza Blanca is one of our favorite spots with its limestone cliffs, oddly shaped rocks, 60-foot high obelisks and spires. Immortalized as “The White Place” in a 1940 painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, this is a great spot for hiking. But even if you don’t hike, it is worth taking the short walk into The White Place to see the limestone formations. Plaza Blanca is also the location where much of Cowboys and Aliens was filmed and where the spaceship was located. Plaza Blanca can be seen from U.S. Highway 84 to the north when approaching Abiquiú from the east. The trailhead begins at the end of the El Rito Road turnoff (41174 Fictitious St., Abiquiú).
The drive to Plaza Blanca from Abiquiu Vacation Homes is about 35 minutes.
Monastery of Christ in the Desert
The peaceful and beautiful Monastery of Christ in the Desert is worth a visit on days of good weather. The Monastery is located on the shore of the Chama River, in the Chama Canyon Wilderness. We suggest visiting when you can observe Vespers.
The roads back to the Monastery are dirt, rocky and bumpy. It's not so easy to get to (and don't even try it when the roads are wet), but it is worth it!
Given the roads back to the Monastery, give yourself an hour to get there.
The village of Abiquiu has a downtown square with Georgia O'Keeffe's home, St. Thomas Church, old adobe ruins and a very cool artifact/furniture store called Bosshard Gallery.
The drive to Abiquiu Village is about 20 minutes.
Rafting the Chama River
A raft trip down the Rio Chama is a highly-scenic full-day trip that floats through the multi-colored sandstone canyon made famous by the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Giant cottonwoods and ponderosa pines line the shores. The Rio Chama is a prized wilderness river (the Chama Canyon Wilderness), with use strictly limited to preserve its wilderness character. Easy to moderate whitewater (Class 2 to 3-) combines with great scenery.
New Wave Rafting provides the equipment and guides - a perfect adventure for families.
Ojo Caliente Springs & Spa
A day trip to Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring baths is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. The springs are said to be spiritual and healing waters. The springs are sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters which have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. They offer eleven pools with different types and combinations of these waters with temperatures ranging from 80-109 degrees. You can purchase a day pass to use the spas for the day.
There is also a spa on site.
The drive time to Ojo Caliente is about 45 minutes.
Ra Paulette Cave Tour
Artist Ra Paultete spent the last 25 years digging and carving caves into the soft sandstone cliffs around the region using nothing but his hands. The caves are decorated with carved designs and no two are alike. You can now tour one of his caves, "Windows of the Earth,” in nearby Ojo Caliente.
The drive time to the Ra Paulette cave is about 50 minutes.
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm
The Purple Adobe Lavender Farm is open seasonally (from about mid-April through the Fall). A visit here is about the experience - a beautiful place where people can walk the farm, visit, relax, enjoy a peceful surrounding, and of course enjoy the lavender whether it is in bloom or not. The tea house is gluten free, organic, and all made fresh at the farm. The gift shop is filled with wonderful lavender products. There is a labyrinth on site so guests can enjoy a meditative walk to the center amoung the lavender where there is a bench to rest upon and reflect. A short walk to the river brings you to an old picnic bench on a beautiful water front area where you can rest and look at the mountains while watching the river go by. And if you love lavender, you can visit the zen nursery and sit among the lavender, draw a design in the zen garden or purchase one of the lavenders of your likeing.
The lavender farm is about 30 minutes from Abiquiu Vacation Homes.
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a National Historic Landmark coal-fired steam engine that takes you on a 64-mile day trip through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Enjoy spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from the train’s unique route.
You can choose between the deluxe parlor car or the budget-friendly coach car. Either way, a delicious buffet lunch is included. Trains depart daily from Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, between late May and October. A luxury motor coach chauffeurs you back to your starting point at the end of the ride.
The railroad is about an hour's drive from Abiquiu Vacation Homes.
Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
Drive time to Bandelier is about one hour.
Puye Cliff Dwellings
The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblos, located in Santa Clara Canyon on the Santa Car Pueblo land near Abiquiu. Established in the late 1200s or early 1300s and abandoned by about 1600, this is among the largest of the prehistoric Indian settlements on the Pajarito Plateau, showing a variety of architectural forms and building techniques. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
The Puye Cliff Dwellings are about a thirty minute drive from Abiquiu Vacation Homes.
Abiquiu Art Project
The Abiquiu Art Project enables visitors to visit the studios of some of New Mexico's best professional studio artists who live in the Abiquiu area. Private and small group tours are available. The tour lasts about three hours and tour start times can be adjusted for the needs of the group. You will also see an unusual view of Plaza Blanca as part of the tour.
The tour meeting spot is about 25 minutes away.