Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ghost Ranch Abiquiu

We wanted a day trip to try to find some fall colors. The leaf change seemed to be later this year than last but we figured a drive-around in the mountains would be pretty. We headed the Jemez Mountains but since we had gone all around there the weekend before we diverted toward Santa Fe. Ghost Ranch is somewhere I had been before but Jeff hadn't. There are several day hikes in very nice red rocks. Georgia O'Keeffe spent a lot of time here painting. The light in the South West is amazing and inspirational for many painters and photographers! The "ranch" is now a spiritual retreat of sorts offering all kinds of expensive workshops.

We got there a little late in the day so the only hike we could fit in before dark was the chimney peak hike. It is short but not too strenuous and does have great views of the surrounding landscape. We headed up with only a few other people on the trail. There are great hikes all over the South West. I will never get tired of red rocks and "painted" hills. There were moments of great light hitting the rocks if you were looking at the right moment. This area is 1 1/2 hours from our house so it makes a nice day trip!

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