New Mexico February 28, 2017
There’s A Tiny Town In New Mexico Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
New Mexican landscapes are associated with dramatic rock formations and vibrant colors. Although the bar for breathtaking scenery is set high, there is one place where the colors are a little deeper and the natural beauty halts even the most jaded travelers in their tracks. Offering a natural amphitheater, a lake, a lavender farm, and a unique history, the town of Abiquiu is one that you’ll want to visit.
Abiquiu is located in Northern New Mexico, between Santa Fe and Chama, next to the Rio Chama.
This tiny town of 231 people was founded in 1744, on the site of an abandoned Tewa Pueblo.
Abiquiu was on the Old Spanish Trail, a trade route that once connected Santa Fe to Los Angeles. Despite its diminutive size, the town has long been a trading hub.
In fact, the general store,
Bode’s, used to be a stagecoach stop.
Now it’s a place to tuck into a breakfast burrito or juicy green chile cheeseburger.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you have plenty of activities to choose from here. Abiquiu Lake – technically a reservoir – is a scenic spot for a dip.
Since it’s a decent size, boaters, water skiers, wakeboarders, and fishermen also enjoy it.
Aside from the warm waters, one of the best reasons to visit Abiquiu Lake is for the views. Check out the vivid rocks that surround the lake, and the vista of Pedernal from the dam.
This mesa may look familiar because Georgia O’Keeffe included it in her paintings.
O’Keeffe was inspired by the land around Abiquiu. She lived at nearby Ghost Ranch, which you can visit.
This is Kitchen Mesa - a true natural wonder.
Hikers love the
Chimney Rock Trail.
Pay a small fee at the welcome center at Ghost Ranch and then you can wander to your heart’s content, absorbing the astounding beauty all around you.
Nearby you’ll also find Echo Amphitheater, a natural amphitheater just off the side of the road in the Carson National Forest, where you can entertain yourself by testing its echo effect.
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Between the months of April and October, Purple Adobe Lavender Farm is a soothing destination, offering lavender infused toiletries and baked goods.
That’s a farm fragrance you’ll actually want to inhale!
To really travel off the beaten path, drive out to Monastery of Christ in the Desert, where you’ll discover a chapel that seems to grow out of the red rocks.
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In terms of accommodations, camping is available at the lake or try the
Abiquiu Inn (21120 Highway 84). It’s situated on pretty grounds and the on-site café is both delicious and convenient.
When was the last time you visited Abiquiu?
For other charming destinations, check out: “
The 13 Towns You Need To Visit In New Mexico In 2017.”