Georgia O'Keeffe's inspiration lies along the horizon of Ghost Ranch. A breathtaking picturesque view of towering rock walls, vibrant colors, and open skies can be seen from every angle. The cottonwood trees and distant mountains make for an image worth framing. While you're taking photos, come adventure through the spirit of the land while you're at it! The ranch is open year-round and offers horseback riding, workshops in photography, fiber arts, writing, and yoga.
It's a land that dinosaurs once roamed and, years later, where Navajos and the Spaniards journeyed through. In 1932, one of the country's first environmentalists, Arthur Pack, bought the dude ranch and then sold a piece of it to Georgia O'Keeffe where the artist would make art history. How did this ranch become the "Ghost Ranch" that it is today? When cattle rustlers were hiding their stolen goods, they spread the rumor that the land was haunted by evil spirits to prevent neighbors from looking around. Eventually, its old name "Ranch of the Witches" evolved into the "Ghost Ranch" that is known today.
The summer of 1934, American artist Georgia O' Keeffe, also known as the "Mother of American Modernism," visited the ranch and ended up returning for several summers—exploring every trail and turn, painting the mystifying beauty she discovered along this horizon. You've probably seen Georgia's paintings once or twice, but nothing beats getting to see those masterpieces of nature in person. Walk through an"O'Keeffe landscape" tour and examine the mountains that inspired some of her most notable paintings, or take a Georgia O'Keeffe workshop and reflect upon the quiet allure, recording your observations in a series of writing exercises.
A few things to bring: comfortable clothes/shoes, binoculars, bug repellent, a camera, water, snacks, rain gear, umbrella, and of course—a camera? Yes, that should be the top of your list. In case you need to upload those Instagram photos, check out the library and the Welcome Center Lobby for wifi!
A ranch committed to spiritual development and justice through the expression of culture and nature tops off an already incredible travel spot. Now, it's time for you to submerge yourself in the great wonders this ranch has to offer.
Cover photo courtesy: Ghost Ranch