Ghost Ranch was originally part of a Spanish Land Grant given to Pedro Martin Serrano in 1766. Roy Pfaffle won the deed to the 21,000 acre ranch in a poker game in 1928, but his wife, Carol Stanley, ended up with the ranch after they divorced. She turned it into a dude ranch for the rich and famous, and eventually sold it to Arthur Pack, editor of Nature Magazine. Georgia O'Keefe was a frequent guest at the ranch, and its scenery was inspiration for many of her paintings. Pack sold the ranch to the Presbyterian Church which maintains it today as an educational and retreat center. Several fossil quarries are located on the ranch.
Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology / Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology
Two museums at Ghost Ranch well worth visiting.
Ghost Ranch Living Museum
I stumbled across this little gem in 1995. The Ghost Ranch Living Museum was a combination museum/zoo run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It featured exhibits on flora, fauna, geology, and history of the region. Sadly, the place no longer exists. It was closed in July of 1999 due to complaints from an animal rights group.
Bonus - Abiquiu Lake
Abiquiu Lake is a reservoir created by construction of Abiquiu Dam in 1963. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the lake along with recreation areas, boating facilities, and a campground. The Lake offers some of the best fishing in northern New Mexico. Many of the campsites are RV friendly.
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