Abiquiu (AH-bi-kyoo) is a tiny town in the north central region of New Mexico, USA. Despite its minuscule population, it is interesting for attractive scenery and for Ghost Ranch, home of the great artist Georgia O'Keeffe and now preserved as a conference center/living museum.
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.
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 "Get out"), a high-clearance vehicle is a good idea if you're going to get off the main highway.
- Ghost Ranch, Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico home, is a few miles north of town and contains a number of features of interest to the visitor. The ranch is now a retreat under the auspices of the Presbyterian church, which maintains two small museums on site (small fee) and also several hiking trails into the red-rock country that O'Keeffe's paintings made famous. Tours of O'Keeffe's home and studio are also available but require significant advance planning. Call 877-804-4678 for information.
- 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.
- Water sports are available at nearby Abiquiu Lake, one of a number of small artificial lakes built primarily to control flooding along the 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 "Get out."
- Cafe Abiquiu, on US 84; phone 505-685-4378. 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."
- Abiquiu Inn, on US 84; phone 505-685-4378. A good place to spend a quiet night far out in the boonies; both restaurant and motel are much more comfortable than you'd expect. However, rooms are very limited (only 12 or so), so get reservations rather than hoping for a drive-up, as the next nearest hotel/motel is some distance away.
- Casa del Rio Bed and Breakfast, on US 84; phone 505-753-2035. Hiking trails nearby.
- Camping is possible at Abiquiu Lake, and also at Echo Amphitheater campground a few miles to the north.
- The pretty Jemez Mountains are west 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.
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