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Outdoor Activities

Hiking, lake and river fun, horse back riding... and so much more.


There is wonderful fishing on Abiquiu Lake. You can fish right from the shore below The Casita or fish with a guide.


Land of Enchantment Guides offer guided fishing trips on the Chama River, Abiquiú Lake, in the Santa Fe and Taos area, on the San Juan River and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. They provide all the fishing gear to simplify your vacation. Website.

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The Abiquiú area is a hiker’s paradise, where you can discover the geological wonders of the landscape and experience the land in its unaltered, pristine state. You can hike right from the front door of your Abiquiú Lake Vacations property (42 acres), or there are many trails at Ghost Ranch, Plaza Blanca, Carson Natural Forest and along the Chama River. So much hiking, so much beauty. So much to discover. Guests are encouraged to travel quietly and lightly on the land. Cultural artificats are never to be be removed or disturbed.

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Horseback Riding

To horseback ride in our spectacular scenery, you have several 1. Ghost Ranch offers experiences for riders of all skill levels and includes the  O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Rides. Day and sunset rides are available.

2. Connect with a local guide to bring horses to you or meet you at Carson National Forest.

3. Located in Abiquiú, In Sync with Horses, provides Equine Experiences, hands-on time with the horses. They also have fun, creative classes and workshops that embody the spirit of the horse and embrace the authenticity of the western experience. 

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Lake Activities

The water of Abiquiú Lake makes for a perfect place to spend hours and recharge. Drift and float on a raft, de-stress your body and increase your heart rate while swimming,  ponder and reflect while fishing, energize and glide while kayaking and refresh with a breeze in your face while boating.

Guests staying  with Abiquiú Lake Vacations have private access to the lake. Hike or drive from the Mesa or The Studios. Just walk out the door and take a short hike to the water's edge. 

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Painting and Creating

It's time to ignite your creative spirit. The scenic views of the Abiquiú area inspire artists from around the world. Bring your favorite art supplies and find your spot on many magnificent sites in the area. Are you a photographer or writer? It's the perfect setting for you regardless of your art form. This is your time to discover and interpret Abiquiú.

Want an educational and creative experience? Sign up for one of the many classes and workshops held at Ghost Ranch. Options include pottery, metal arts, textiles, photography, jewelry and more.

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Rafting the Rio Chama

There are several excellent rafting companies that provide excursions down the Chama River. These highly-scenic full-day trip floats through the multi-colored sandstone canyon made famous by the artist Georgia O'Keefe. Giant cottonwoods and ponderosa pines line the shores. The rapids are easy to moderate (Class 2 to 3), and fun yaks are usually brought along. Meets in Abiquiú. For more difficult rapids, take the Rio Grande Gorge or Taos Box trips. 

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stay. recharge. explore. Discover Abiquiú.

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