Located northwest of Santa Fe and 80 mi/130 km north of Albuquerque, Abiquiu, New Mexico, is where artist Georgia O'Keeffe lived for many years. You can still see the beautiful chimney rock formations (and even a few cattle skulls) made famous in her later works. It's possible to visit O'Keeffe's adobe house and grounds, but the tours are by appointment only (mid-March to late November) on selected days of the week (phone 505-685-4539 well in advance of your visit). The sparsely furnished interior will look familiar to admirers of her paintings, as will the town itself.
During your visit, see Abiquiu's lovely Dar al-Islam Mosque and Christ in the Desert Monastery. Abiquiu residents can be touchy about tourists and photographers, so be respectful of their homes and village.
You may also want to take a side trip to Espanola, about 25 mi/40 km southeast of Abiquiu.
If you're driving between Abiquiu and Espanola, detour north on Highway 285 to the mineral baths at Ojo Caliente. People have been enjoying these hot-spring waters for centuries, although we'd guess the treatment has become a little more luxurious over time: Today, massages, spa treatments and outdoor mud baths are available. Overnight stays are possible, and there's a good restaurant at the hotel.
Also in the area is a unique shrine called Windows of the Earth. It was built by Ra Paulette, who spent two years digging, sculpting and polishing what amounts to a cave in the side of a sandstone cliff. With wall carvings lit by shafts of sunlight, the quiet chamber encourages self-reflection.
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