Discover O'Keeffe's New Mexico
When the going gets hot, the hot flee to New Mexico, where the summers are full of culture, cuisine, warm days and cool nights, and adventure. Exploring the state is a passion for visitors and residents alike, and there are ample opportunities to experience the New Mexico of one of its most famous residents, Georgia O’Keeffe. Walk her creative path and explore the region through her eyes. Surround yourself with inspiration.
Here are some suggestions for exploring the landscape that inspired O’Keeffe
Starting at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, begin your road trip by going north on Guadalupe Street turning into U.S. Highway 84/285 North. All points of interest are off of U.S. 84.
Note: GPS doesn’t work well north of Española.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, 87501; 505.946.1000; gokm.org
The Museum Galleries tell the story of O’Keeffe’s extraordinary career through her artwork, art materials, home and studio, photographs, and letters. Discover O’Keeffe’s innovative abstract images and spectacular landscapes, explore her creative process, and see how she lived.
The Santa Fe Opera
301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87506; 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654; santafeopera.org
Just past mile marker 169, the majestic Santa Fe Opera rises on your left. Tailgating before the opera is a tradition. Schedule and ticket information are available at santafeopera.org.
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm
U.S. 84 between mile markers 210 and 211; 505.685.0082; purpleadobelavenderfarm.com
Look for the purple flag at the turn from the highway. Enjoy the fresh scent of lavender and take home essential oils, culinary lavender, and more. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10–3; tours available.
21120 U.S. 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510; 505.685.4378; abiquiuinn.com
The Abiquiu Inn features twenty-five charming casitas, a pleasant restaurant, and gift shop. Enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, and exploring the historic land. Ask about special rates available to O’Keeffe visitors.
The O’Keeffe: Welcome Center
21120H Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510; 505.946.1098; gokm.org/abiquiu
The Welcome Center, located at Abiquiu Inn, is open every day of the year, and the gateway for the tour of O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio. Arrive early for your reserved tour of the historic property, shop in the Museum Store, and learn more about O’Keeffe and the surrounding area.
Bode’s General Store
21196 U.S. 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510; 505.685.4422; bodes.com
Bode’s General Store was a frequent stop for Georgia O’Keeffe—she gassed up here. Legions of travelers enjoy this combination café, gas station, grocery store, and gathering place. Grab a soda, a green-chile cheeseburger, or stock up for a hike or a camping trip.
Pueblo De Abiquiu
County Road 187, directly across from Bode’s General Store, between mile markers 211 and 212
Abiquiu had a rich, compelling history long before Georgia O’Keeffe arrived in 1946. First an Indian Pueblo for centuries, Abiquiu became the third-largest settlement of the Spanish province of Nuevo Mexico. Historic walking tours of Abiquiu plaza are conducted by the Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center from mid-March through November, weekends only. Special group and time requests can be reserved. Call 505.685.4884 during Library hours: Sunday–Thursday, 1–6 PM.
Please respect Abiquiu residents’ privacy and property: no pets, no photography, and park only in designated areas.
1708 U.S. 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510; 505.685.4333; ghostranch.org
Ghost Ranch, about 15 miles north of Abiquiu, winds through dramatic, colorful terrain made famous in paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, who kept a summer home here. Today, Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre retreat and education center owned by the Presbyterian Church. Sign up for one of several guided tours highlighting sites that Georgia O’Keeffe painted, or explore on your own. Buy a day pass that combines several activities, or stay longer—weeklong workshops and retreats offer an extended experience.
Looming over the landscape of the Chama River Valley is the Cerro Pedernal, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s several paintings of it. Pedernal means flint in Spanish, and caprock of Pedernal was the source of the chert or flint used by the prehistoric Gallinas people of the area. The mountain and surrounding area are current favorites of hikers and rock climbers. Georgia O’Keeffe claimed it as “her mountain”; her ashes are scattered there.