Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Remarkable Box Canyon at Ghost Ranch

An outing to O'Keeffe country is a favorite day-trip of guests from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Along with a visit to Ghost Ranch, we suggest that you also plan to hike the very accessible Box Canyon Trail (photo on the left taken by innkeeper Greg Uzmann).  This trail was a favorite of Georgia O'Keeffe herself, and spending time in this part of New Mexico will undoubtedly give you a better appreciation for her work.

The Box Canyon hike is about five miles in total, and hiking the whole trail should take about three hours.  Be sure to bring hats, water and sunscreen!

The history of this area is particularly interesting - in the early 19th century rustlers drove stolen cattle into the canyon and kept them there until it was safe to sell them off.  This nefarious business was ratcheted up by the Archuleta brothers in the late 1800's.  They opened a lodging establishment where guests checked in...but never checked out.  Instead, they were murdered, and their horses and other belongings were stolen.  It was said that one could hear the echos of all of these poor murdered souls, and so the area was christened "Ghost Ranch". 

Should you still have time before enjoying your evening Wine & Appetizer at Hacienda Nicholas, take a quick tour of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum while the images of the day are still fresh in your mind.  The museum is just a few blocks from the inn.

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