As we left Santa Fe, we decided to make a side trip in Abiquiu. I am so glad that we did! This area of NM is just gorgeous. We stayed just past Ghost Ranch where the famous artist, Georgia O’Keefe, spent most of her life painting the beautiful rock mesas that surround the ranch.
We took some great hikes up to Echo Ampitheater where the water carved out a perfect formation for creating a variety of echoes. We also hiked up to Matrimony Mesa and Chimney Rock which both are part of the trail system at Ghost Ranch.
Chimney Rock was a rather steep climb that wound its way up to the top of the mesa which provided for some spectacular views of the entire valley and Abiquiu Lake.
Near our site, we walked the dogs one evening up to the rock formations to do some exploring. We came across an old windmill with a water trough connected to it. This system pumps water from a well into the trough for cattle. The mesas made for an interesting backdrop for the windmill.
This area reminded us quite a bit of Utah, however, it had the coloring of Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park which is what made it so fascinating. There was the red sandstone but it was intertwined with sandstone that was yellow, pink and purple. It was a beautiful mix of colors!