Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch has a long and varied history beginning in 1766 when it was part of a land grant awarded by the Spanish king to Captain Pedro Martin Serrano. Over the years, it changed hands many times, including once when the deed was lost in a poker game.  It is currently a Presbyterian education and retreat center, but is famous because artist Georgia O'Keeffe had a home there.  It is open to the public as a historical site and for hiking.

We decided to take the most popular Chimney Rock trail.  The scenery is fabulous.

And just keeps getting better as you climb.

O' Keeffe was inspired by the colorful landscape.

Chimney Rock can be seen from the road, but it's fun to get up in the hills for a different view.

Next we stopped in the trading post for an ice cream and to look around.  This struck me as funny.

Here's a closeup of the sign in case you missed it.

We also went partway up Box Canyon trail.  On the way to the trailhead, we passed this modern day hogan or maybe it's a yurt.

We came across this older hogan farther up the trail.  I don't think anybody uses it.

This log cabin sure looks realistic, but it was built for the movie City Slickers.  Now I'll have to rent the movie and watch for it.

We had a lovely day at Ghost Ranch and, no, we didn't see any ghosts.

Funny story.  I took this picture of a very elusive horse out the RV window.

She was loose in and around the campground the whole five days we were there.  Every once in awhile, the rangers would make an effort to catch her, but she just kept moving.  It was pretty entertaining to watch.


  1. She is helping with weed control so they should let her be...looks like a fun hike, I wonder how many formations have that chimney rock name?