“There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. Over 300 classes are offered each year in this beautiful setting.
200 million years ago Ghost Ranch and the American Southwest were located close to the equator, and had a warm, monsoon-like climate with heavy seasonal precipitation.Ghost Ranch includes a famous palaeontological site preserving Triassic dinosaurs. Fossil bones were found here as early as 1885
Ghost Ranch’s redrock scenery attracted many like Georgia O’Keefe, who fell in love with the geography, and soon split her time between living in New York and New Mexico. It also has attracted many filmmakers over the years. Including:
- The Light That Failed (1939)
- And Now Miguel (1966) included Ghost Ranch staff members James Hall and Heil Waters in small roles.
- Red Dawn (1984)
- Silverado (1985)
- Outrageous Fortune (1987)
- City Slickers (1991)
- The Last Outlaw (1993 TV movie)
- Earth 2 (1994 TV series)
- Wyatt Earp (1994)
- Wild Wild West (1999)
- All the Pretty Horses (2000)
- The Missing (2003)
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
- 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Georgia O’Keeffe (2009 TV movie)
- Year One (2009)
- Brothers (2009)
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
- Lone Ranger (2013)
- Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
To say that this place is beautiful is an understatement that also shows in the photo above. Seeing something this stunning in a photo is nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes. I highly recommend going there and be sure to visit the Anthropology museum.
Every October fall, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally captivates the small town of Taos, New Mexico and attracts visitors from all around — because it’s a much smaller amount of balloons than the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, it creates a far more personal and intimate experience for all.
“Pilots, crews and attendees gather in the cold pre-dawn to celebrate the rally’s annual return and to watch the sun come up over our eastern peaks — a sight worth the early awakening any day of the year, but one which will be distinguished by the ascent of many richly colored balloons into morning’s first light.” ~ Taos News