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Where in the world: USA  /  New Mexico  /  Abiquiu

Top 15 things to do in Abiquiu

1. Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre (85 km2) retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. It was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings.

Ghost Ranch is also known for a remarkable concentration of fossils, most notably that of the theropod dinosaur Coelophysis, of which it has been estimated that nearly a thousand individuals have been preserved in a quarry at Ghost Ranch.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa, Ojo Caliente

Find serenity at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa while rejuvenating mind, body, and soul. Choose from four natural springs and many private pools to soak in, lay down for a restorative massage, or release the toxins from your skin in the mud area. There are also activities outside of the spa realm such as yoga, hiking, biking, and bird-watching. After your soothing day of tranquility, try some of the locally grown items at the spa’s restaurant--a meal here comes highly recommended.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Abiquiu Lake

Abiquiu Lake is a reservoir located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States. Water of the Rio Chama is impounded by the earth-filled Abiquiu Dam, 1,800 feet (550 m) long and 340 feet (104 m) high, completed in 1963 and raised in 1986. The 5,200-acre (21 km2) lake is over 12 miles (20 km) long, and lies at elevations of 6,100–6,220 feet (1,859–1,896 m).
The shoreline area near the dam is a recreation area managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Available activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Christ of the Desert Monastary

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is a Benedictine monastery in Abiquiu, New Mexico. It belongs to the English Province of the Subiaco Congregation.

It is located in the Chama River Canyon Wilderness area 75 miles north of Santa Fe. It is accessible by Forest Road 151, a 13-mile dirt road off of US route 84.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm

Farm opens to visitors in 2015 starting April 1st through Oct.31st. open Tuesday through Saturday. The Tea House is not open on Sundays. Check our website for more information on directions and events. Find us weekly on Saturdays at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Located at the

corner of Guadalupe and Paseo de Peralta at our new permanent location at the

Railyard. www.purpleadobelavenderfarm.com
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Poshuouinge Ruins

Poshuouinge is a large ancestral Pueblo ruin located on U.S. Route 84, about south of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Its builders were the ancestors of the Tewa Pueblos who now reside in Santa Clara Pueblo and San Juan Pueblo. It has also been referred to informally as Turquoise Ruin, although there is no evidence that turquoise has ever been found in the area. Poshuouinge is situated upstream and due west of another Tewa Pueblo ancestral site, Tsama.
Poshuouinge was built on a high mesa, some above the Chama River, around 1400. There are two springs located about to the south of the ruins which are believed to have been the main water sources for the habitation. It is accessible by a United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service trail.
This city, at its largest, consisted of about 700 ground floor rooms, most being two or even three stories tall. The city was laid out with two main plazas, and a large kiva near the center of the eastern courtyard. The barrow pits of Poshuouinge were planted with small stone grids in the basement.
The city is believed to have been occupied between 1375 and 1475. The site was abandoned around 1500, well before Coronado and the first Europeans arrived. It is believed that its inhabitants left the banks of the Chama River and relocated nearby around the Rio Grande, where their descendants live today.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Dar al Islam

Dar al Islam is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating greater understanding of Islam among Americans of all faiths in order to celebrate our commonalities and build stronger relationships. We are committed, via our Mission, our Vision and our Approach, to an integrated, appreciative America.

Since 1979, we have provided non-Muslims and Muslims alike with an array of opportunities to learn more about Islam and Muslims. We base our programs on the Foundational Texts of Islam. We believe in collaborative efforts that encourage greater compassion and empathy between all communities.

Our breath-taking campus in Abiquiu, New Mexico provides an environment known for contemplation and spiritual renewal.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Carson National Forest, New Mexico

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12. Rio Chama, New Mexico

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. San Pedro Parks Wilderness, Cuba

The San Pedro Parks Wilderness is located in southern Rio Arriba County in northern New Mexico and part of the Santa Fe National Forest. It is 41,132 acres (16,646 ha) (64 sq miles) in size. Elevations range from 8,300 feet (2,500 m) in the southwestern corner to 10,592 feet (3,228 m) at San Pedro Peaks near the center of the Wilderness. The Wilderness's average elevation is over 10,000 ft. Conifer forests, interspaced with grassy meadows, called "parks," characterize the wilderness. San Pedro Parks Wilderness is primarily visited for hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. The Continental Divide Trail passes through the Wilderness.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Highway 126, Cuba

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15. El Vado Lake State Park, Tierra Amarilla

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