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Camping in the Land of Enchantment is always a true nature experience, but our state is also home to some of the nation’s creepiest haunted tales. This eerie campground in an unincorporated town outside of Santa Fe is open to the public and you can spend the night if you dare. While you’ll get goosebumps after hearing just how haunted this campground is at night, this spot is also as hauntingly beautiful as can be during the day to help ease your woes. Get ready to sit around the campfire and tell a truly scary story. Be careful of what ghostly creatures might be hiding in the wilderness at the haunted Holy Ghost Campground in New Mexico in the Santa Fe National Forest.

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Holy Ghost Campground sits in the Santa Fe National Forest on the edge of the Pecos Wilderness within Holy Ghost Canyon. The Holy Ghost Creek runs alongside the campground. Numerous trails in the area lead hikers and horseback riders into the surrounding wilderness area.

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Very nice clean campground. A little small but the spots were very nice. Love the water that runs through there super clean and clear you can see the fish swimming

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Crowded, but beautiful

The area in which the campground is located is absolutely beautiful. Huge pine trees and quaking aspens complement the tranquil sound of Holy Ghost creek. Camp spaces are often full. Dogs must be on leash. Plenty of people driving in looking for spaces are forced to turn around at the dead end.…

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From Santa Fe, take I-25 east approximately 18 miles to the Glorieta/Pecos Exit. Take NM Highway 50 to Pecos, approximately 5 miles. At the 4-way stop, turn left onto NM Highway 63 and travel approximately 14 miles north to Forest Road 122. Take Forest Road 122 approximately 4 miles to the campground.


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  • Alpine clover ( Fabaceae Trifolium dasyphyllum )
  • Beardlip penstemon or scarlet penstemon ( Scrophulariaceae Penstemon barbatus )
  • Blue spruce ( Pinaceae Picea pungens )
  • Box elder, ash-leaf maple, or three-leaf maple ( Aceraceae Acer negundo )
  • Common dandelion ( Asteraceae Taraxacum officinale )
  • Common mullein ( Scrophulariaceae Verbascum thapsus )
  • Douglas-fir ( Pinaceae Pseudotsuga )
  • Engelmann spruce ( Pinaceae Picea engelmannii )
  • Fendler's meadow-rue ( Ranunculaceae Thalictrum fendleri )
  • Gambel oak ( Fagaceae Quercus gambelii )
  • Harebell or Bluebell bellflower ( Campanulaceae Campanula rotundifolia )
  • Indian hemp ( Apocynaceae Apocynum cannabinum )
  • Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon or Salsify ( Asteraceae Tragopogon lamottei )
  • Lewis flax or blue flax ( Linaceae Linum lewisii )
  • Meadow-rue ( Ranunculaceae Thalictrum )
  • Mountain spray ( Rosaceae Holodiscus dumosus )
  • Nodding onion ( Liliaceae Allium cernuum )
  • Oak ( Fagaceae Quercus )
  • Pineywoods geranium ( Geraniaceae Geranium caespitosum )
  • Plantain ( Plantaginaceae Plantago )
  • Ponderosa pine ( Pinaceae Pinus ponderosa )
  • Quaking aspen ( Salicaceae Populus tremuloides )
  • Red clover ( Fabaceae Trifolium pratense )
  • Red raspberry ( Rosaceae Rubus idaeus )
  • Richardson geranium ( Geraniaceae Geranium richardsonii )
  • Scarlet gilia or scarlet skyrocket ( Polemoniaceae Ipomopsis aggregata )
  • Smooth horsetail or scouringrush ( Equisetaceae Equisetum laevigatum )
  • Star solomon seal or starry false lily of the valley ( Liliaceae Maianthemum stellatum )
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  • Thimbleberry ( Rosaceae Rubus parviflorus )
  • Wax currant ( Grossulariaceae Ribes cereum )
  • Western yarrow ( Asteraceae Achillea millefolium var. occidentalis )
  • White clover ( Fabaceae Trifolium repens )
  • White fir ( Pinaceae Abies concolor )
  • Whitestem gooseberry ( Grossulariaceae Ribes inerme )
  • Wood's rose ( Rosaceae Rosa woodsii )
  • Woodland strawberry ( Rosaceae Fragaria vesca americana )
  • Yarrow ( Asteraceae Achillea millefolium )
  • Yellow sweetclover ( Fabaceae Melilotus officinalis )

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Holy Ghost Campground is an accessible group campsite nestled in the Santa Fe National Forest, on the edge of the Pecos Wilderness. The campground offers numerous trails for hikers and horseback riders as well as fly-fishing opportunities on the Holy Ghost Creek. It is surrounded by a ponderosa pine and fir forest with summer blooms of vibrant wildflowers and views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The nearby town of Pecos is just 16 miles away.

Holy Ghost Campground sits in the Santa Fe National Forest on the edge of the Pecos Wilderness within Holy Ghost Canyon. The Holy Ghost Creek runs alongside the campground. Numerous trails in the area lead hikers and horseback riders into the surrounding wilderness area.

The campground offers one accessible group campsite that can accommodate up to 30 people. It is equipped with a picnic shelter, tables and a grill. Group campsite is nearby individual campsites which are available on a first come, first served basis. These sites each contain a grassy tent pad, table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and trash collection are provided. No hookups are available. The road to the campground is narrow in places.

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The campground is nestled among a ponderosa pine and fir forest, right where aspen trees begin to grow, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. Vibrant wildflowers bloom throughout the area in the summertime. The Holy Ghost Creek borders the campground, and offers scenic views of the forest and mountains. A variety of wildlife and birds are found in the surrounding area.

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Panchuela campground is nestled at the edge of the Pecos Wilderness with Panchuela Creek running along the eastern side of the campground. At a little over 8,300 feet in the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to the campground escape from the warmer temperatures of the city and enjoy the moderate temperatures of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There are 6 units on the campground and are within walking distance of the parking lot. Panchuela campground usually opens in mid-May through mid-November. With the nearby wilderness, the sites make the perfect base camp for those looking to take day hikes into the wilderness.

There are a total of six campsites at Panchuela. Three units have three-sided shelters with a fire place and picnic table. All sites have fire rings or fire ring grill combos with bare ground for tent camping. Bathrooms and trash bins are located at the parking lot and there is a host on site. Hand pumped water spigots are also located in the parking area and are a two minute walk from the farthest campsite. All of the sites have ample shade and visitors often enjoy relaxing in their hammock with plenty of trees to choose from. Four sites are situated on the banks of Panchuela Creek, close enough to hear the soothing sounds of the water.

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The campsites are surrounded by views of the mountains and the gorgeous shades of green from the mixed conifer and aspen. In the fall, the mountains gleam a glorious gold as the aspen leaves begin to change color. A variety of wildlife are seen in the surrounding forests including deer, elk, various species of songbirds and raptors, and the occasional black bear. Not far from the campground in an open meadow, campers can see the charming rustic cabins that forest service volunteers and employees stay in when working in the wilderness.

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There are numerous State Park fishing areas along the Pecos River. Pecos National Historic Park is 50 minutes away and is the home of prehistoric archeological ruins, 19th century ranches and a battlefield from the American Civil War. There are other nearby campsites with similar scenery to Panchuela available on a first come first serve basis. They are Cowles campground, and Holy Ghost campground.

With the nearby Panchuela Trailhead, there is easy access to the Pecos Wilderness where visitors can hike the expansive trail system of the wilderness. Panchuela is also a few minutes drive from the Winsor Creek and Winsor Ridge Trailhead, all providing scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Fishing is popular with nearby Cowles Fishing Pond and the wild and scenic Pecos River. There are excellent fishing spots all along Panchuela Creek and the Pecos River, within minutes of the campground. 

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From the town of Pecos, head north on NM-63 for 19 miles. Make a slight left onto Windsor Road and stay on it for .2 miles, then make a right onto Pachuela Road and follow it for 1.5 miles and you will arrive at the parking area. Panchuela Road is a single lane road with pull-outs, please folow speed limit and watch out for horseback riders and pedestrians.

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She’d lived in other parts of the Southwest.  She knew Taos and Santa Fe.  She’d lived in New York and traveled abroad enough to have her pick of any gorgeous inspirational places to settle down.  And yet she became part of such a remote place … in the desert.

What’s to do there?  Wasn’t it blazing hot in the summer, full of tumbleweeds and lizards?  Silly young thoughts from when I lived in the lush green Midwest .

Years later I understood … I ‘got it’ when Mr.D and I first drove through Abiquiu and north towards the ranch. We curved up and around a bend … and there it was.  First glimpse of the flat top mountain Pedernal … a narrow mesa … with sparkling blue lake, surrounded by ribboned rock formations of red, yellow ochre and white.   I remember taking it all in and exclaiming “Oh yes, now I see!”

360 degree views of an amazing variety of textures, uniquely shaped cliffs and canyons, wide open desert.  I could see how an artist could paint here for a lifetime and never be at a loss for beauty … as the lighting and seasons changed to offer more inspiration for preparing a palette.

She’s been quoted as saying, “When I got to New Mexico, that was mine.  As soon as I saw, that was my country.”

She loved that micro-mesa mountain so much that she once wrote to a friend, “ Pedernal is my private mountain.  God told me if I painted it often enough I could have it.”  After she passed away, per her wishes her ashes were scattered at the top.

On this recent trip we arrived before dusk …

… and checked into one of the Coyote rooms, on top of the Ghost Ranch mesa (a different mesa across the valley floor from Pedernal) with views of the ranch and the bluffs.

Coyote, room No.3 … our view.  Doesn’t the top part of the screen door look like one of her framed paintings?

A few yards away, the outdoor Worship Area.  We sat here for a while to just ‘be.’  The few people walking about or sitting on Coyote’s veranda all spoke in a whisper.  Ghost Ranch does that … inspires you to speak softly, and maybe feel a little guilty to snap a photo and disturb the silence.  But I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures.

This place is the polar opposite of where O’Keeffe moved from … New York.  If an artist ever needed to clear their mind and remove any foggy thoughts, be done with the big city or seek a place to heal and create … this is it.

As the sun set we walked around the grounds.

On red baked earth.

View looking down on the stables .

The sky was a hazy blue, so I walked back to the room to unpack.  As I stood in the little bedroom a brilliant pink glow came through the window blinds.  I dashed outside and saw Mr.D waving for me to hurry …

… so I could climb up the hill and see this!

It was time for dinner and we remembered the Abiquiu Inn and Cafe from a past trip … a scenic 20 minute drive southeast.   We enjoyed crispy beef tostadas with avocado, beans, romaine, jack cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle cream.  They also have a lovely wine list (the Abiquiu Chardonnay tasted like honey).  The inn also has a very nice gift shop.  (Tip to the traveler: be sure to get a clear answer as to their return policies and that if something is marked 20% off that they abide by that.  We had some difficulty with this having not checked our receipt until we returned home, and then learned that there were no refunds).

Back to Coyote where the rooms have no TV, no alarm clock, no radio or wifi.  Standing outside, the moon had risen and the only sound was the wind.  When the wind died down, Mr.D said “Now there’s no sound but the stars.”

We changed into our pajamas and read books.  Still compelled to whisper.  And slept more soundly than we can remember.

Next morning … light streaming into the sitting area.  The room was very clean, minimalist, with warm radiant heat floors.

A chair outside the door … perfect spot for enjoying the cool morning air and a good book of positive affirmations to start the day.

Breakfast was served in the large, cafeteria style dining hall below the mesa.  A buffet of eggs, fruits, sausages, green chiles and breads.  Most of the guests there were taking one of the Ghost Ranch Workshops , as it is now an artist’s and spiritual retreat.

We checked out of our room by 10 a.m. and went to find the labyrinth because we have a rule that one must never pass up the chance to walk a labyrinth.  We’d heard that this one was one of the most picturesque.

We walked along the road of the Lower Pavillion , past the tiny O’Keeffe Cottage where she stayed when first visiting the ranch … not her large Ghost Ranch ‘Rancho de los Burros’ winter home that is still a private residence so it is not open for tours (as far as we know).  She stayed here (pictured) and in other adobe cabins in this area of the ranch before building her two houses, and some are open for guest stays.

Here is a link to ranch tours … the Landscape Tour, a Walk in Georgia’s Footsteps, and Landscape Trail Rides in the morning and at sunset.

Ghost House, built in 1881.

The library … built by the family of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals.

Library sitting room.  They offer books and videos.  You can get wifi service here, and there are two upstairs rooms for guest stays.

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Dining Hall

Take your time here … pause to look up and around you.  By the time you reach the center your mind will be free of anything bothersome.

People leave charms and build small cairns on and around the center stones.

When you walk out, the reverse of your steps, your brain will align and you’ll feel a wonderful balance and lift of energy.

While I visited the anthropology museum , Mr.D hiked the Chimney Rock Trail, a 3 mile round trip up into the cliffs.  The following photos are all from his journey …

The trail ascends quickly, before you know it you’re high above the buildings and stables.

Chimney Rock … this will look very familiar to O’Keeffe fans.

First glimpse of Chimney Rock at the top of the ridge…

My Front Yard painting.

Looking to the right, from the top.

These cliffs may also look familiar, from  My Back Yard  painting.

Looking down from Chimney Rock is the large adobe O’Keeffe House and studio, situated in a private area well away from the welcome center and other cabins.

The closest point to Chimney Rock.

Mr D. grew up in the Mojave Desert . He described this landscape as feeling like home, yet more magical and special. To see the beauty in the desert takes a caring eye, because it is there in the smallest of details… a single tiny flower sprouting from the dry cracked earth, to a blue bird perched on a dried limb. But Ghost Ranch’s landscape and colors are beyond compare. To finally reach the top where chimney rock stands is breathtaking. You are high on the ridge with astounding views, and you pause and feel a sense of gratitude that such magnificence has been created.

As you descend the trail you can look back and see just how far at the top of the ridge you actually were.

After the hike we took lunch to-go from the dining hall.  This was our view as we dined on the front patio of the Welcome Center, and then we began the drive home.

It was hard to say goodbye.  Because now we know.

Amy & Mr.D

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Anna, thank you for the info … we’re so excited to take a workshop!

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Sandy, thank you! If you ever want to go … I can put your itinerary together. And you will love the Abiquiu O’Keeffe house tour as well.

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Ghost Ranch is located in northern New Mexico and is primarily known for serving as inspiration to one of America’s greatest artists ( Georgia O’Keeffe ). Today, Ghost Ranch operates as an education and retreat center that offers affordable lodging, spiritual retreats, workshops, and tours. So, if you happen to be traveling to New Mexico (e.g., Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, etc.), we highly recommend considering a side trip to visit  Ghost Ranch to see the surrounding area’s stunning red rock landscape. 

Indeed, northern New Mexico itself is rich in natural beauty, so a trip to Ghost Ranch can be considered an added bonus. Even if you don’t intend to stay overnight, this place is certainly worth a day trip to see the landscape and partake in a tour or workshop. Thus, t his article provides everything you’ll need to know if you want to plan your own epic adventure to Ghost Ranch. 

Destination Guide Series: Ghost Ranch

What is ghost ranch.

Ghost Ranch was purchased in the 1930s by Arthur Pack, who sold a portion of this land to American artist and legend Georgia O’Keeffe. The property was eventually donated to the Presbyterian Church, which now operates the ranch as an education center. In addition, the ranch offers reasonably priced lodging along with recreational workshops and educational activities. Today, travelers visit the ranch for its colorful desert beauty and to see the landscape that so inspired O’Keeffe.

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Where Is Ghost Ranch?

Ghost Ranch is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico and, more specifically, within the Chama Basin along the Colorado Plateau. The ranch is about 60 miles north of the town of Santa Fe and approximately 15 miles from the small town of Abiquiu. It’s an ideal place for a day trip or an extended visit if you plan to be near Santa Fe or Taos.

Why Should You Visit Ghost Ranch?

If you are seeking peace and quiet outside of Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then Ghost Ranch is an excellent destination. Ghost Ranch offers an opportunity to explore the remote high desert of New Mexico in a rustic, comfortable, and educational way. Some choose to visit the ranch due to an interest in Georgia O’Keeffe and her artwork. Others are drawn to the area simply because of its unquestionable beauty with its stunning cliffs and colorful rock formations. In any case, Ghost Ranch provides visitors with a uniquely serene and memorable experience.

You can choose to stay at Ghost Ranch and explore the area on your own, or opt to participate in activities such as ranch tours or workshops. Further, tent camping, RV camping, or standard lodging options are available. Plan to stay a night or so and design your own adventure and experience this special place in your own way.

  • Things to Do

Ghost Ranch offers a number of tours that cater to a variety of interests. For instance, you can take an educational tour focused on the area’s archeology or paleontology, go on a guided horseback ride, learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s time on the ranch, and even learn about the various movies filmed on location.

If you seek to spend more than a few days at Ghost Ranch, consider reserving a spot in one of their workshops . Although the multi-day workshops can be pricey, the costs include workshop tuition, lodging, and meals. All considered, it’s a reasonable deal. Workshops vary throughout the year, but are generally focused on art, southwestern traditions, science (e.g., geology/paleontology), etc.

A visit to Ghost Ranch is not complete without hiking one of the many trails in the area. Whether you want to catch a sunrise/sunset with panoramic views of the desert landscape or hike through dinosaur fossil quarries, there are hikes for everyone. Remember, northern New Mexico is still a remote location. Don’t forget to bring along the Ten Essentials on any hike. Below are some of our favorite hikes near the ranch:

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Chimney Rock

The Chimney Rock hike is one of our favorites to watch a sunset. The hike is a moderate three miles round trip that begins near the Ghost Ranch Visitor Center. As its name suggests, Chimney Rock is a large sandstone tower jutting out of the sandstone cliff and provides an amazing panoramic vista of the Piedra Lumbre basin. This hike is one of the most popular hikes on the property — for good reason.

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Kitchen Mesa

The Kitchen Mesa hike is approximately five miles out-and-back and is considered difficult by Ghost Ranch’s standards. The trail takes you to the top of Kitchen Mesa, which offers exquisite views of Georgia O’Keeffe country. A particularly cool aspect of this hike is that you pass under a dinosaur fossil quarry along the way. If you’re interested, check out some of the fossil findings in the Ghost Ranch museum after your hike.

Area Attractions

The surrounding area near Ghost Ranch has a lot to offer, particularly if you are fond of the desert landscape. So, if you decide to go exploring, below are a few nearby places worthy of a visit:

Plaza Blanca

Also a subject of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, Plaza Blanca is a stunningly unique area with tall white limestone rock formations. Although located on private land, it is accessible to the public and often sees few visitors.

Echo Amphitheater

The Echo Amphitheater is just a short drive up the road from Ghost Ranch (only a few minutes). Located in the Carson National Forest, the Echo Amphitheater is a popular destination for those seeking to test its amazing natural echoing properties.

Places to Eat

If you don’t feel like eating at the Ghost Ranch meal hall, there are a few worthy options to consider in the vicinity. Remember, Abiquiu is not a big town, so you’re not going to find a tremendous amount of options. Below are a couple of places we enjoy when visiting the area:

Café Abiquiu

Located within the Abiquiu Inn , which happens to be an excellent lodging option itself, Café Abiquiu offers a great change of pace to the cuisine available at Ghost Ranch. Café Abiquiu has a great dinner menu and is probably the best restaurant nearby the ranch, plus they have a neat gift shop.

Bode’s General Merchandise

Bode’s General Merchandise is a cool general store that traces its origin back to 1890. They offer a solid lunch and late day menu for a quick bite to eat. It’s also a great spot to pick up any provisions, gifts, etc.

Planning Tips

Best time to visit.

The Outdoor Corps Recommendation: May-September Ghost Ranch is located at an altitude of approximately 6,500ft. Thus, the temperature will naturally be a bit cooler than in lower-elevation areas. In the summer, expect temperature averages in the mid-to-high 80s and average lows in the 50s, making for a comfortable visit. We prefer to visit in late spring through summer, though you will have a great time no matter what season you visit.

Getting There

FLYING Traveling from outside of the southwestern United States? Then the easiest way to get to Ghost Ranch is via a flight into Albuquerque International Sunport and then renting a vehicle. If you plan to fly from Denver, Phoenix, or Dallas/Fort Worth, you may be able to find a reasonably priced flight into Santa Fe Regional Airport. This is ideal because a flight into Santa Fe’s airport cuts the drive to Ghost Ranch in half. DRIVING From Albuquerque, NM expect about a 2-hour drive via I-25 N to Santa Fe, NM and via US 285 N/US 84 W through the small town of Abiquiu, NM. Don’t miss Santa Fe along the way. If you are up for a road trip adventure, consider driving from Denver, CO . Expect about a 6-hour drive, with the majority via I-25 S. However, you have a few route options to choose from that can shorten or lengthen your trip.

You can visit Ghost Ranch for the day or plan to stay overnight in one of a few lodging options that vary in price. Rooms are tastefully decorated in a southwestern theme, though they are more dorm-like and not particularly fancy. That said, the prices are reasonable and the ambience is incredible. Alternatively, if you’re looking for less expensive options, you can camp on the ranch grounds, either via RV or tent. Breakfast is included for overnight guests.

Pets are not permitted in any of the lodging facilities on Ghost Ranch. However, if you intend to only visit Ghost Ranch for the day, pets can accompany you on hikes, etc.

Weather Forecast

As previously mentioned, Ghost Ranch is in the high desert of northern New Mexico, so expect cooler temperatures. Summer monsoon season can bring a lot of rain and average high temperatures are in the upper 80s. Alternatively, late spring and early fall may have the most pleasant daytime temperatures, but it can get chilly in the evening. Temperatures can be rather cold in the winter time, with a chance of snow.

Recommended Books

Below is a curated listing of books regarding Ghost Ranch and its history. Included in this listing is our favorite travel guide as well as a number of books detailing the life and adventures of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who is ingrained in the history of Ghost Ranch. Together, these books provide an excellent perspective on why this area is so special and are worthwhile reads prior to your visit.

In addition, since there are plenty of great hikes around the area, we’ve included a few naturalist books in the list. These are some of our favorite reference books about the area’s flora, fauna, and geology that will help provide a more interpretive trail experience. 

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The stunning canyon and cliff country of New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch has ensnared some of the greatest artists of the 20th century for good reason. Ansel Adams captured the landscapes on his large-format cameras. The most famous female artist of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe, made the ranch her home for the last decades of her life.

I could see why she found the space so inspiring and why filmmakers continue to gravitate toward locations in the area. While I was there a short time on a press trip, it was long enough to experience the power of the scenery and get a sense of adventure. I’d like to join those who return often to learn in workshops and rejuvenate at retreats. Here are 17 reasons to visit Ghost Ranch during your New Mexico vacation, inspired by my press trip experiences and subsequent research.

Beautiful landscape in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

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1. Follow Georgia O’Keeffe’s Footsteps

Georgia O’Keeffe painted the hills, bones, and stone walls relentlessly and over decades at Ghost Ranch. She said that she worked at her home in Abiquiú but Ghost Ranch was where she lived. Fleeing the pressures and distractions of New York City, Georgia first visited friends who lived in New Mexico and then returned often.

This broad and barely accessible land gave her the space to focus on drawing and painting. Inspiration sprang from long walks exploring the canyons, rock formations, and distant mountains. I found that the very things which drew O’Keeffe to the remote landscape remain for the rest of us to enjoy. The current owners work to preserve both her legacy and the country that captured Georgia’s heart.

2. Immerse Yourself In Local History

Ghost Ranch wasn’t always so tranquil. At one time in the early 1800s, it was feared as Rancho de los Brujos (Ranch of the Witches). People disappeared in the recesses of the stone formations that tower over the broad plains of the region. However, the frightening reputation was more by design than nature. Two bandit brothers, violent to their dusty boots, stole livestock and horses from nearby ranches then hid the animals in nearby Box Canyon until they could be sold. Anyone who came looking for their missing animals went missing themselves.

The subterfuge lasted until one brother was murdered in anger and his wife fled to the nearest village. She inspired a posse to find the survivor. Hanging Tree, which still stands over a small cabin in the center of the ranch, earned its name before the villagers returned home.

Carol Bishop Stanley eventually opened the acres to the public as a dude ranch and changed the name. Other families came and went until Georgia O’Keeffe landed there. By the time she passed, the dude ranch had become a retreat and adventure center. The energy of peace and contemplation still reigns over the rugged acres.

3. Enter The Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape

My introduction to Ghost Ranch was with a guide and motorbus ride to actual locations of O’Keeffe’s paintings. The enthusiastic guide expertly pointed out O’Keeffe’s favorite spots. It was thrilling to get off the bus and stand close to the same vistas framed in O’Keeffe’s masterpieces then get a glimpse of her home from a distance. There was ample time for questions as well.

Our guided walk took me through O’Keeffe’s backyard and past many of her painting locations. This activity is limited to eight guests, which makes it easy to learn about the history, plant life, geology, and culture of the area. I was glad to be wearing my walking shoes and to have filled up my water bottle before the trek. A fountain with filtered water is available inside the Visitor Center.

4. Spend A Wednesday With O’Keeffe

One of the highlights of this area is a chance to see O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiú. There are Wednesday tours with pre-registration which start at the O’Keeffe Welcome Center near the Abiquiú Inn. While I couldn’t take pictures inside, it was still a thrill to walk through O’Keeffe’s Abiquiú house and have lunch before joining the O’Keeffe Landscape tour at Ghost Ranch. The tour returns to the Welcome Center, which has a great gift shop and screens a historical video.

5. Make The Most Of Art Intensives

Clay, glass, and other artistic workshops are offered as seasonal Art Escapes at the ranch. I spent a few hours one evening learning about painting and pastel with local artist Diane Arenberg and wished I was staying longer for her immersives. Most of her sessions run from a weekend to a week long. Other classes include Composition, Plein Air work, and critiques that culminate in a Masters’ Show. The classes are held in the ranch’s Art Center. For more information, check the Ranch schedule .

6. Pay Your Respects At The Pack Memorial

One morning, I took a short walk from my comfortable lodging along the mesa trail behind the Ghost House to a stone memorial dedicated to Arthur and Phoebe Pack. Arthur Pack owned the ranch in its early days and negotiated with Georgia O’Keeffe on the sale of his first house. He bequeathed the ranch to the Presbyterian Church in 1955.

Views from the Kitchen Mesa Trail.


7. Take To The Trails

There are nine trails that crisscross the ranch campus. I wandered the land before the day’s activities began. On my return trip, I’ll be certain to take the Kitchen Mesa Trail, a challenging five-mile loop with 600 feet of elevation. It rises to a lookout with views of the Piedra Lumbre basin and Mount Pedernal in the distance. Box Canyon Trail is an especially tempting four-mile round-trip trail that rises 500 feet while winding back and forth across the property’s central stream. The most popular trail to Chimney Rock is a challenging three-mile round trip walk that rises about 600 feet to the sculpted pinnacle.

8. Experience Retreats And Landscape Meditations

There are two labyrinths on the Ghost Ranch site. I found the main labyrinth near the central road along a path that begins at the Arts Center Building. The stone spiral is a tool for contemplation drawn from many traditions across the world. It was a lovely practice as the dawn’s light illuminated Orphan Mesa. There’s a second labyrinth at Casa del Sol. It weaves uniquely in and out of the Piedra Lumbre landscape. I also passed a ceremonial water wheel set along the trail between the Arts Center and the main labyrinth.

9. Enter A Karesansui Garden

As a fan of Japanese landscape design, I was thrilled to hear about this garden created of rock, gravel, and stone, which abstractly represent water and the elements. Typically, this type of garden is found near residences of Zen abbots. This Karensansui space is not allied with a residence but set independently near the main labyrinth at Ghost Ranch.

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert.

Monastery Of Christ In The Desert

10. Visit A Monastery

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is an autonomous abbey following the Benedictine traditions. It’s a quiet space with a guesthouse for private retreats. Both men and women are welcome to join the monks at Mass in the Abbey Church. Religious and artistic articles are available in the gift shop. The monastery is 15 miles northwest of Ghost Ranch.

11. Explore A Mosque Near Abiquiú

For over 40 years, Dar al Islam, a non-profit Islamic organization, has been committed to cultivating understanding, compassion, and empathy among non-Muslims and Muslims alike. The campus, which is near Abiquiú, hosts retreats and meetings in buildings designed by the world-renowned architect Hassan Fathy. Visit Dar al Islam’s website to arrange a visit. I was thrilled to discover that the Dar al Islam property contains The Black Place and The White Place , two paintings by O’Keeffe.

12. Tour The Ruth Hall Paleontology Museum At Ghost Ranch

Perhaps the ancient monsters that frightened the first inhabitants of Ghost Ranch were dinosaurs. Georgia O’Keeffe created notable paintings from more recent bones she collected at the ranch, and just north of the property is one of the best-known digs in the Northern Hemisphere. I could imagine joining one of the dig workshops and discovering remnants of creatures over 200 million years old. One new species, a small archdinosaur, was named Effigia (O’Keeffe’s Ghost). Even if you can’t join a dig, it’s exciting to get close to the bones and equipment inside the ranch’s small museum.

13. Anthropology Comes To Life In The Ranch Museum

The Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology , adjacent to the Ghost Ranch Visitor Center, is named for the woman who led a group of students to the world-class discovery of the largest collection of Gallina artifacts in the world. The museum displays other artifacts from Paleo Indian people who lived here 10,000 years ago in addition to current creations. It’s a small exhibit, but I was excited to learn about the ladies of the canyon via vintage pictures and artifacts from local pioneering women, including Ghost Ranch founder Carol Bishop Stanley.

14. Take A Trail Ride

Two ranch rides are inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe — the Landscape Trail Ride and the Sunset Trail Ride. Riding a gentle steed through the low brush was a quiet joy. We stopped for pictures with the cliffs behind us and rode past O’Keeffe’s low adobe home. Our guide filled us in on the area’s history and colorful stories as we loped along. I’d love to return for a private ride up into the foothills one day.

15. Enjoy Water Fun

When the lifeguard is on duty, ranch guests can escape the desert heat in the immense, unheated pool next to the dining hall. I was there for cool fall days, so the pool wasn’t open. If I were there during the summer months, it would be such fun to kayak or canoe Abiquiu Lake. Swimming lessons and hikes can be arranged as well.

Beautiful landscape in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

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16. Challenge Yourself On A Ropes Course

As I entered the Ghost Ranch Property, we passed a loose grid of tall posts slung with ropes. High- and low-rope and wall-climbing activities are available during the summer when staffing allows. It’s easy to imagine how fun teamwork and problem-solving adventure courses can be.

17. Indulge In Self-Care And Body Work

Ghost Ranch’s nationally certified and licensed massage therapists offer integrative bodywork, massage, and spa treatments daily. Appointments must be made at the Welcome Center in advance. The treatments would make a welcome conclusion to long hikes and adventures at Ghost Ranch.

From a pure country experience to an artful retreat, I can see returning again and again for a Ghost Ranch vacation.

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Ghost Ranch Near Santa Fe

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Why do people call New Mexico “the Land of Enchantment”? Whether it’s the diverse culture, vibrant art scene, rich history, or unique cuisine, our state is among the most unique in the entire country. Destinations like the Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe add to the allure of our Northern New Mexico paradise. Here, you’ll find scenic beauty around every corner, a fascinating collection of history, and a spiritual connection like no other in the area.

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Things to do and see at ghost ranch near santa fe, 1. stunning scenery and outdoor adventures.

The famous Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe is one of the best places to experience the great outdoors in Northern New Mexico. The retreat center sits about an hour and a half northwest of the City Different and is home to a collection of fantastic hiking trails. Red rocks, hills, and lush forest areas dot the unique high desert landscape surrounding the ranch. The trails range anywhere from an easy 150-foot hike to a challenging five-mile trek. Be sure to check out their trail list , as well as the array of other outdoor activities they have to offer for day guests, including horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, archery, and ropes courses.

Tip: There is a $5 admission fee for all outdoor activities at the Ghost Ranch.

2. Exciting, Hand-On Workshops

One of the most popular things to do at the Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe is participating in a workshop. This spiritual retreat center hosts a variety of classes centered around art, photography , and personal growth. They also offer scheduled retreats throughout the year. You can find a specific retreat and plan your visit on their website.

3. Fascinating History

The history of the Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe begins in prehistoric times. Dinosaur, American Indians, cattle rustlers, and Georgia O’Keeffe all called this land home at one time. Scientists working on the Manhattan Project in nearby Los Alamos took time to escape from the rigors of creating the atomic bomb in the 1940s. The Ghost Ranch got its name from cattle rustlers who were trying to hide their stolen goods. They claimed that the area had an evil spirit present, which in turn brought about the name “Rancho de los Brujos” or “Ranch of the Witches.” The film industry uses the beautiful scenery as a staple setting in many films, and people come from across the country to photograph the stunning landscapes. O’Keeffe also painted many of her masterpieces here. 

The Presbyterian Church owns the land today and welcomes guests to come and enjoy the natural splendors of this one-of-a-kind destination in the Land of Enchantment.

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On a drive through northern New Mexico, it’s easy to tell why this state earned the nickname the “Land of Enchantment.” Red vistas of sandstone dotted with bushy juniper trees, puffy white clouds, and wide blue skies are an alluring sight for any visitor. There is a specific spot that has all of that and more: Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. One of the most unique ranches in New Mexico , this destination is brimming with natural beauty, history, and allure. As you continue reading more about this bucket-list-worthy spot, you’ll enjoy beautiful pictures of New Mexico as well as details that will help you plan your visit to the famous Ghost Ranch.

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Ghost Ranch is typically open year-round except on major holidays. For details about guided tours, special events, lodging, and more, visit the official Ghost Ranch website.

If you want to see how Georgia O’Keeffe was inspired by the beauty surrounding her at Ghost Ranch, you can explore her artwork in person or online through the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum . Curious to learn more about this famous artist and her work? Be sure to check out this book: Georgia O’Keeffe — Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists . 

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What are the most beautiful places in New Mexico?

Some of the most beautiful places in New Mexico include:

  • Carlsbad Caverns
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  • White Sands National Park

Ghost Ranch in New Mexico is certainly picturesque, but it's just one of many spots in the Land of Enchantment that are full of natural beauty. A go-to spot is definitely the Rio Grande Gorge, one of the iconic natural features of New Mexico. It's stunning whether you're admiring it from the top or down in the gorge. For a more unique, lesser-known beauty, visit the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. These quirky geological formations will almost make you feel like you're on another planet, and yet they are strangely stunning in their own way. Speaking of geological formations, you can even find beauty underground in this state. The Carlsbad Caverns are well-loved by the many visitors that enjoy the unique cave formations.

What are the best outdoor adventures in New Mexico?

A trip to White Sands National Monument is one of the best outdoor adventures in New Mexico.

A visit to the Ghost Ranch is certainly an outdoor adventure in New Mexico worth taking, and there's an entire list of many others you can enjoy, too. Take a trip to the White Sands National Monument for one of the state's most unique areas. The stark white gypsum sands are fun to hike through, take pictures at, and even sled down. The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands near Nageezi, New Mexico is the perfect place to let out your inner explorer. The landscape is one-of-a-kind and you could spend all day hiking and poking around every nook and cranny of the colorful rocks there. For a more lush, green environment, try a visit to Sitting Bull Falls. This spot is nestled in the Guadalupe Mountains and the waterfall cascades into a natural pool you can swim in.

Which hidden gems in New Mexico should I visit?

Some of the best hidden gems in New Mexico include:

  • Taos Ski Valley
  • Williams Lake Trail
  • Wheeler Park

Discover some of the best secluded places in New Mexico where you can enjoy lesser-known, yet worthwhile spots to visit. Visiting the Taos Ski Valley during summer may not be anyone's first thought, but places like the Williams Lake Trail make it worth it. The trail will guide you through the trees, through seemingly untouched valleys, and up Wheeler Peak - New Mexico's tallest mountain. Speaking of trials, Glenwood, New Mexico has a unique trail that more people should check out. The Catwalk Trail traverses through a scenic canyon over old water pipes. The trail also features a waterfall, bridges, and more.

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3 of the most fun ghost ranch hikes in new mexico.

With 21,000 acres of stunning red and yellow cliffs and what seems to be an endless skyline, is New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch. This area is a peaceful place for many activities but hiking the trails at Ghost Ranch is a memory you’ll never forget. Ghost Ranch hikes are not only great for exercise, but you’ll see picture-perfect views, wildlife, and the flora unique to this specific area. Hiking enthusiasts take note. You will definitely want to experience Ghost Ranch hikes in New Mexico.

In addition to  Ghost Ranch hikes , the area is filled with activities for those who love the great outdoors. To find out more, check out our  Chimayo, New Mexico Vacation Guide ! You’ll be living like a local with this free guide. Included in this vacation guide is our recommendation for local restaurants, upcoming events you’ll want to attend, and outdoor recreation to enjoy!

Check Out This List of 3 of the Most Fun Ghost Ranch Hikes!

Chimney rock.

Chimney Rock is one of Ghost Ranch’s most popular trails. At around 2.5-miles in length, the trail offers hikers a view of the Piedra Lumbre basin. This trail is rated as difficult because it climbs up to 7,100 feet, but all that hard work pays off because of the amazing views.

Kitchen Mesa is another moderate to difficult hike. This trail is 5-miles round trip and features a 15-foot chimney. The hike can take as long as 4 hours to climb so be sure to come prepared with plenty of water and a picnic lunch. Some people claim that Kitchen Mesa is one of the most beautiful hikes in New Mexico. Check it out for yourself!

The Box Canyon hike, which is best to see from March to November, is a moderate hike in Ghost Ranch. The trail, which runs for 4.8-miles, goes from 6,400 to 6,900 feet. If you’re not up for the full hike, look for the small pond to do a turnaround and head back. As with the other fun hikes in Ghost Ranch, Box Canyon offers hikers stunning views making all those steps worth it!

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COVID is no longer front and center but remains a part of our daily lives. As such, if you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID we ask that you do not join us at Ghost Ranch. Masks and social distancing are not requirements at Ghost Ranch but we encourage doing so if it is your preference. 

Cellular service is unreliable at the Ranch, though some carriers are better than others. Wi-Fi is offered in several areas on the Ranch, including the Welcome Center, Library, and Dining Hall. 

  • Private: There is a bathroom in the room that is not shared.
  • Shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms. These will only be used for those traveling together. If only one unit is occupied, the second bedroom will be locked off.
  • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom in the building (or in a nearby building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants exit their room to reach these facilities.

Casa del Sol is our spiritual retreat center located two miles off the main ranch property in a restricted area of the ranch. Small-group workshops and retreats are held here, and if your workshop will be here, it will be indicated as such in the event registration information. Most meals are on the main campus while program activities occur at Casa del Sol. Participants without vehicles rely on carpooling with other program participants or the program instructor (or walking – it’s a beautiful 45-minute walk through the Painted Desert!). There is no ranch shuttle to get back and forth from Casa del Sol.

If you are in a self-contained RV in which your pet can comfortably stay, they are welcome to join you overnight in the campground. They are not allowed in any other lodging. Leashed pets are welcome to accompany you as you explore the property, but may not enter any of the buildings. For day guests, leashed dogs are allowed to visit and hike. 

The Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at most meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the Ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 

Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:30 am, lunch from 12-1 pm, and dinner from 5:30-6:30 pm. Indoor and outdoor dining tables are available.

Check-in starts at 3:00 p.m. and checkout is at 10:00 am on the last day. There is an orientation following dinner (5:30-6:30 pm) on the night of arrival.

Due to the volume of guests, unused meals cannot be refunded or credited.

Lodging is paid by the first person on the reservation. Subsequent guests pay for meals and tuition. A $10 per person housekeeping fee applies to guests over 3.

Early arrivals or late departures outside of the regular program course dates are subject to availability and are billed at the regular overnight stay rate.

When available, you can purchase additional meals prior to arrival. Meals should be reserved two weeks in advance of arrival.

Meals start with dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the start date of the workshop. 

An individual may choose to leave before the end of the program or arrive after the program has started, but we are unable to offer any discounts for days missed. 

Guests will receive a welcome letter prior to the start of their course detailing the schedule of their specific course and any field trips, studio time, etc. The following are general schedules; some instructors will choose to alter these hours. 

  • Weeklong: Many of our weeklong courses follow a general pattern of morning workshop time (9:00 a.m. to noon) with afternoons free or with optional afternoon open studio time and then additional course time in the evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m.). 
  • Weekend: Our weekend offerings have more course time during the day because of the shorter length of the program. The first course session is usually on the evening of the guest’s arrival, following a ranch orientation. There is typically a course session in the morning on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-noon,  one in the afternoon from about 1:00-3:00 p.m., and again in the evening from about 7:00-8:30 p.m. There is a concluding session on Sunday morning from about 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Please call us to register for a program as a commuter.

O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch house has never been opened to the public. We do offer walking tours, by bus, or on horseback.  

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This year we are continuing our commitment to Pay-as-Led for the 2019 Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting Gathering.  More information about Pay-as-Led and how it works is in the Call to Intermountain Yearly Meeting, available at imym.org. Additionally, IMYM clerk Molly Wingate has written an article in Friends Journal,  Paying-as-led , about the journey IMYM has taken with Pay-as-led

In order to streamline the registration process, we have taken an approach similar to the annual Friends General Conference Gathering for registration at IMYM. Instead of registering for each day, there are two duration options for registration: Early Days and Regular Days, or Regular Days only. Participants can still choose their desired type of lodging and customize the days one will stay.

Additionally, in order to simplify the camper registration process we have made two changes this year. First, campers should select and pay for camping registration during the registration process instead of when they are at Ghost Ranch. The rates indicated for campsites assume two people per site, so feel free to adjust your pay-as-led amount to match your expectations. Campers will be able to choose one of four meal plans for their entire stay: All Three Meals, Lunch and Dinner only, Lunch only, or No meals. Please note that Ghost Ranch now does not differentiate between adult and child meals, so only a single cost is listed for both age groups. As always, campers have the option of purchasing meals directly at the cafeteria if they wish to have more meals than indicated.

In sum, each registrant will need to select only one option overall for lodging (or two options for lodging and meals for campers) and not day by day or meal by meal. Note that children four and under are considered free for both lodging and dining.

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Room prices are determined by the bathroom arrangements.  We will do our very best to accommodate your needs and requests, but we cannot accommodate private room requests (a single person in a room to themselves).


  • Shared bath: separate men’s and women’s multi-shower facility shared by multiple sleeping rooms.
  • Semi-private bath: located between two sleeping rooms; each room has access to the bathroom.
  • Private bath:  accessible from one sleeping room only

There is housing for people with mobility impairment. Please see the  Accessibility at Ghost Ranch  page for more detailed information.  There are special rooms for those using wheelchairs or scooters. Please indicate what you need. Friends with mobility impairment should consider not requesting to stay on The Mesa if they cannot manage the steep ¼ – ½ mile walk to most meeting rooms and the dining hall.

Rustic (includes SYF & FAP at Staff House):  ( Communal Bath Mesa Level )

Communal Bath:  ( Main Ranch Level , aka Corral Block)

Semi-private Bath

Private Bath  (does not mean private room)


Lower Level Lower level housing is in several buildings with 54 rooms; private, semi-private, and shared or dorm-style bathrooms. Linens and towels are provided.  Several rooms in Corral Block are large and will be assigned to families with young children. Certain semi-private and private rooms are ADA designated, including ramps and bathrooms. Regrettably, Corral Block has no ADA accessibility. Please indicate your requirements on the registration form.

New Mesa Two newly constructed buildings with modern, well-furnished rooms, some with pull-out couch twins, with overhead fans and private bathrooms. Linens and towels are provided. Some adjoining rooms can be assigned as suites for families, and each building has one ADA room. There is an ice machine, laundry, and nearby parking. There is a steep ¼ – ½ mile walk down to most meeting rooms and the dining hall.  We ask that you please park your car and do not use it for transport.

Old Mesa Eight buildings with 36 summer-style rooms with bunkbeds and dorm-style bath facilities. Most rooms have sinks. All buildings have toilets and some have showers. A laundry room is nearby. Linens and towels are provided. There is a steep ¼ – ½ mile walk down to most meeting rooms and the dining hall.  We ask that you please park your car and do not use it for transport.

Staff House Reserved for Senior Young Friends and their adults (FAPs). Staff House provides 21 rooms, most with 2 beds each, and 4 common degendered bathroom-showers.


The campground has 69 sites.  8 sites are RV-full hookups, 22 sites are tent/RV with electricity only, and the remaining 39 sites have no utilities.  The number of campers is limited to 120 (because of sanitation limitations), but IMYM has not yet come close to that number.

For tent campers, most tent sites can accommodate two tents, some can only accommodate one tent, and a few can take three tents.  There is a great variety among the sites. Only a few sites have shade trees, and some have little or no privacy.  Depending on the number of campers, you may be asked to share your site.

Ghost Ranch charges camping per site.  You will be charged the relative proportion of the site your share (½ or ⅓). Site assignment is first-come, first-served. If two families/groups are planning on sharing a site, please indicate this on your registration form.

The camping area has toilets, hot water, showers, ice machines, and a laundry room. There is a bulletin board for messages. Bring sturdy tents, as strong and destructive winds are possible. Consider bringing a screened shade shelter to provide protection from both bugs and desert sun. The campground is a fairly long walk from meeting rooms and the dining hall. Many families bring bicycles for getting around at Ghost Ranch, and golf carts rides can be requested.

Upon arrival, campers may first find a campsite and then register with the Campground Host (located at the entrance to the campground). After that, please register with IMYM Registration   at Ghost House with your campsite number.

Meals are not included in the campground fees.  If campers wish to purchase dining hall meals, they are asked to sign up and pay for them on the Registration Form, so that Ghost Ranch can get accurate meal counts. Campers can purchase extra meals or drinks tickets in the Ghost Ranch office. Campers may bring their own food to the dining hall.

Tent site , electricity

Tent site , no electricity

The Ghost Ranch room fees  include three meals a day . Ghost Ranch policy does not let us separate meals from lodging costs except for those who , for medical reasons, must eat a gluten-free diet. They must bring their own food.  Each “day” consists of supper, housing that night, and breakfast and lunch the next day.  Meal tickets necessary for early arrivals may be paid for on your Registration Form, or may be purchased from the Ghost Ranch office.  Children under 13 years of age are charged considerably less on housing and meals, and there are no charges for children 3 years of age and under.  The fee for campers does NOT include meals .

Ghost Ranch provides entrée selections at each meal for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. Ghost Ranch cannot provide a gluten-free menu. A salad or breakfast bar with a variety of selections is available at each meal.  Please note :  You must specify on the registration form a type of meal — vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore — and  stick to your choice at every meal .  If you require Gluten-Free, please contact the registrars for further information.

Campers must purchase meals separately. The prices for camper meals are ($Adult / $Child ages 4 – 12):

Breakfast – $10 / $5   (7:30-8:15 am)

Lunch – $12 / $6   (12:00-12:45 pm)

Dinner – $14 / $7  (5:30-6:15 pm)

Drinks only – purchase at Ghost Ranch office

Children 0 – 3 are free.


Friends with special dietary considerations (special foods, special supplements, allergies) can bring their own food with them.  There are several refrigerators available for multi-day storage, and there is ice for personal coolers at the Campground, Ghost Ranch office, and the kitchen, but there are limited facilities for preparing hot foods. Contact  Susan Wiley , IMYM Kitchen Liaison, to make arrangements in advance.

The kitchen at Ghost Ranch cannot accommodate allergen-free areas. They will try to post ingredients lists at all meals.  However, experience has shown us that  those with high sensitivity to foods or ingredients should bring their own food .  Because of our agreement with Ghost Ranch, we cannot discount room rates for those who choose to bring their own meals.  The only exception to this policy is those who, for medical reasons, must eat a gluten-free diet.

Friends are asked to direct concerns about food only to Susan Wiley .  Susan is the only IMYM person authorized to discuss concerns with the kitchen staff.

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Moscow, October 15, 2019

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Holy Protection Monastery in Moscow is the biggest center of pilgrimage in the city, and one of the most important in the entire Russian Church. Hundreds and thousands flock to the monastery every day to venerate the precious relics of St. Matrona of Moscow, considered the “8th Pillar” of Russia.

Yesterday, the convent celebrated its patronal feast, which this year doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of its reestablishment after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The feast began the evening before with the celebration of the All-Night Vigil by His Grace Bishop Dionysius of Voskresensky, during which the Akathist to the Protection of the Mother of God was read.

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The Divine Liturgy in the morning was celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill together with 19 other hierarchs of the Russian Church and a number of priests and deacons, reports the monastery website .

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The monastery was opened by decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Church on November 24, 1994.

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Upon arrival at the holy monastery, the Patriarch first venerated the holy relics of St. Matrona and then celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Holy Protection.   

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Special prayers were read for the unity of the Orthodox Church and the preservation of the Church from divisions and schisms, as well as a prayer for peace in Ukraine. Pat. Kirill also ordained a Moscow deacon to the priesthood during the Liturgy.

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Following the Liturgy, the glorification of the Mother of God was celebrated, then Abbess Theophania greed Pat. Kirill and presented him with an icon of the Protection of the Mother of God.

His Holiness addressed the gathered faithful with a primatial word and presented the monastery with a set of veils for the chalice and diskos for feasts of the Mother of God.

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Holy Protection Monastery was founded as a men’s monastery in 1635 by Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich in memory of his father, Patriarch Philaret, who reposed on the feast of the Protection. The stone cathedral was initially built in 1655 and rebuilt in 1806-1814. The Church of the Resurrection and a bell tower were built in the 18th century.

The monastery was severely damaged during the War of 1812, and the Church of the Resurrection was rebuilt and consecrated in 1855.

The monastery took on a missionary focus under the reign of Metropolitan St. Innocent in the late 19th century, training several dozen monastic missionaries.

The churches of the monastery were closed in 1926, and the monastery itself in 1929. In the ensuing decades, the monastery housed a park, a printing house, a magazine editorial office, a sports hall, a billiard room, a film studio, and a cinema department.

The monastery was returned to the Church in 1994 and reopened as a convent on November 24, 1994. Abbess Theophania, previously a nun of the famous Diveyevo Monastery, was appointed abbess on February 22, 1995. The first Liturgy was served within the half-ruined walls of the monastery in October 1995. There were 5 nuns in addition to Mother Theophania at that time.

Three altars in the Holy Protection Church were consecrated on April 4, 1998. The relics of St. Matrona were transferred to the monastery on May 1, 1998, and she was glorified as a locally-venerated saint the next day. She was approved for Churchwide veneration in 2004.

Since then, several other churches have been consecrated, as well as the rebuilt bell tower and holy spring. The monastery today has more than 50 nuns.

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    Description. Situated atop the upper portion of a canyon, Holy Ghost Group Campground offers stunning views to rival any Instagram filter. Hike through this steep canyon as you navigate your way through patches of conifer. Light usage means you'll be awarded a fair amount of privacy, so this is the perfect time to play catch up with Mother Nature.

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    Home News Local News TERRERO — As the sun sinks over the Holy Ghost Campground some 15 miles north of Pecos, it's easy to see how it got its name. There is a haunted beauty to the campsite, and...

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