Church in the village of Abiquiu
You can find the pueblo motifs of photographer Laura Gilpin while following highway 84 towards the valley of the Chama River
Follow Highway 84 in Hernandez, and find the Ansel Adams motif for his 1941 "Moonrise" photograph. Further north you can visit Abiquiu and the home of Georgia O'Keeffe
Look for traces: her house, her motifs, and her paths through the hills around the Chama River. There are many sights that have inspired New Mexico's artists. You see them as you head north from Albuquerque.
Pass Sandia Peak on the way to Abiquiu, NM
Ansel Adams visited in 1941 and made photographs during her extensive renovation of the house before she moved her studio there in 1948. She lived in the house until 1984, two years before she passed away. Now the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation in Santa Fe runs tours of the house and grounds while preserving the property much the way she left it.
Nearby you can visit Ghost Ranch, the cluster of buildings on land where Georgia O'Keeffe bought her first New Mexico house, Rancho de los Burros.
In 1955 the Presbyterian church took over the former dude ranch and now welcomes the public to their retreat and education center.
The valley includes a campground and RV park offering rustic camping near hiking trails within 17,000 acres of cliff and canyon where many of the painting motifs of Georgia O'keeffe are evident, including a view of her Pedernal. Modern campgrounds are beside the lake.
In a nearby dinosaur quarry, researchers have found many distinct new species, even one they named in memory of the artist, Effigia Okeeffeae.
"My peak" Georgia O'Keeffe called the double-topped mountain that she could see from her house at Ghost Ranch.
Georgia O'Keeffe's ashes were spread on the mountain after her death. Go 12 miles on a dirt road beside the Chama River and find the Benedictine monastery Christ of the Desert.
Abiquiu, Rafting on the Chama River
Church in Rancho de Taos
Horses in the fields near Abiquiu
Sandia Peak Range south of Abiquiu
El Santuario, Chimayo
The high road From Santa Fe to Taos will lead to the village of Chimayo and its miraculous 1813 chapel called the Lourdes of the US.
This simple Spanish colonial church has been photographed by Ansel Adams in 1935, Eliot Porter in 1940, and Edward Weston in 1941.
The chapel is a pilgrimage site for religious pilgrims who claim cures. They come to El Santuario to scoop small sacks of sacred earth from a hole in the chapel floor and, in a ritual that predates Christianity, they rub the dirt on their limbs and torso for a cure.
The northern road out of Chimayo leads to Taos, a 1920s retreat for the sickly D. H. Lawrence when he sought a ranch cure for tuberculosis. His wife Frieda reportedly interned his ashes at Kiowa Ranch on Lobo Mountain.
The adobe church at Rancho de Taos is noted as the most painted and photographed church in the country. The massive shapes of simple adobe attracted Georgia O'Keeffe in 1929 when she transformed the converging lines caused by low morning sun from brittle angles to soft curvilinear abstractions that roll off the rounded buttresses and blend with the earth.
Ansel Adams photographed the church in 1929 and Paul Strand photographed the same building in 1932, producing hard-edged starkly realistic prints.
The three also made images of the thousand year old Taos Pueblo, now a World Heritage site and an active village where 65 Indian families still live in the oldest continually inhabited community in the US. The families bake bread in their bee hive ovens and make pottery, jewelry, and paintings while sharing their life with tourists who come to walk amid the simple two and three story adobe dwellings.
Rancho de Taos
Abiquiu Ghost Ranch view
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) serves the area of Santa Fe and Abiquiu with International flights and rental cars. From Albuquerque head north on Route I-25 to Santa Fe, about 65 miles. From Santa Fe it is 70 miles north to Taos via Route 84-north to Route 68 north.
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