Experiences: Discover Abiquiu

Discover Abiquiu Experiences

Onsite Activities

Our location, on a mesa above Abiquiu Lake, on land once occupied by both the Tewa Puebloans and the Navajos, provides the perfect setting for exploration and to connect with New Mexico's history and culture. Activities include:

  • Hike our 42 acres, following the arroyos down to the lake along Navajo Trail,

  • Explore and navigate the glassy waters of Abiquiu Lake and the Rio Chama Canyon,

  • Join Native American Pottery Talks to learn and view this art form,

  • Enjoy onsite Massages of either 60 or 90 minutes,

  • Join us for Stargazing sessions through a telescope, with an absence of light pollution,

  • Play outdoor games of Jenga and Bocce Ball,

  • Soak in the hot tub or dip in the splash pool, 

  • Watch sunrises and sunsets from our rooftop viewing deck.

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Abiquiu Area Attractions

There are many area attractions to explore - and we are centrally located!  Spend time at Ghost Ranch (tours, museums, hiking, workshops and more); at The Purple Adobe Lavender Farm; Echo Amphitheater; Monastery of Christ in the Desert; Plaza Blanca - or take day trips to Santa Fe, Taos, Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, Chama to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, or Chimayo's healing dirt and chapel. Our guests will receive detailed information on these activities.

Explore Abiquiu Lake

With our two private lakefront lots, guests are welcome to navigate the lake by kayak and explore the Rio Chama Canyon - or swim, fish and float from our lakefront. There is wonderful fly fishing below the dam, just a short drive away, or we can arrange a guided fishing trip for you. Don't miss out on a rafting or funyak trip down the Rio Chama. Also, the River Wave is waiting for our surfing and boogie boarding guests.

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Abiquiu Hiking

The Grand Hacienda is located in the midst of incredible hiking areas that offer guests the opportunity to discover the geological wonders of the area landscape and experience lands in unaltered, pristine states. Guests will receive detailed information on area hikes that can be explored alone or with an experienced guide. Also, guests are welcome to hike the 42 acres surrounding The Grand Hacienda. Guests are encouraged to travel quietly and lightly on the land. Cultural artifacts are to never be removed or disturbed. 

Desert Horse Riding

Horseback Riding in Abiquiu

Exploring the red cliffs and mesas of Ghost Ranch on horseback, just a short 30 minute drive away. Wranglers will guide guests of all riding abilities through the Wild West land of Georgia O'Keeffe - to see where she lived, painted and thrived. Advance reservations required.

Cultural/Historical Abiquiu

The history and culture in Northern New Mexico is still strong and evident. The blending of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures is better understood by exploring first-hand. We recommend you spend time at Bandelier National Monument to witness ancient kivas and cliff dwellings - and to climb up into the dwellings for a better perspective. Nearby Puye Cliff Dwellings is another significant site to visit and tour. Don't miss Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Park, where you will see, learn and identify petroglphs left behind by our ancient puebloans (read our blog interview with Katherine Wells, founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.)

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Georgia O'Keeffe, Art & the Abiquiu Art Colony

Abiquiu is an artist's colony - beginning with famed Georgia O'Keeffe who called this area home, and continuing on today with numerious renown artists who operate out of their nearby studios and galleries. Tour O'Keeffe's Home and Studio, and take a tour at nearby Ghost Ranch to see the locations where she painted many of her famous masterpieces...see the exact landscape that she saw, and marvel in her interpretation. Ignite your own creativity by taking a class with a local artist onsite or plein air, or sign up for our Paint Your Heart Out package where we supply the materials and you head off on your own to paint. Interested in Native American pottery? Sign up for our Pottery Discussion, held onsite, to learn about the history and process involved...and also view several works. And, tour many Abiquiu artists' galleries and studios - by appointment only.

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The Manhattan Project & Los Alamos

The Manhattan Project, a research and development effort that produced the first nuclear weapons, took place in Los Alamos, about an hour's drive away. Visit the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos History Museum and learn the history of Los Alamos, the "secret city on the hill".

Abiquiu Wellness

Relax, restore and rebalance with an onsite sixty or ninety minute massage, which will take place in your suite or on your private outdoor portal. Our massage therapist has over 22 years experies an is able to suit your needs - whether it is a light Swedish or a deeper therapeutic session. Add-ons include biomat with massage, stand-alone full-sized biomat, and cupping. Reach out to us to schedule.

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