Georgia O’Keefe Country and New Mexico National Parks

There are so many picturesque areas of New Mexico and I was fortunate enough to see some of the amazing landscapes. In particular, I saw the area which the famous artist Georgia O’Keefe drew inspiration from. Georgia O’Keefe visited New Mexico on an off for several years before eventually moving permanently to a town outside of Santa Fe called Abiquiu. Take a look at these photos and you will instantly see why Georgia O’Keefe fell in love with the area.

Camel Rock in Pojoque, New Mexico (on the highway halfway between Santa Fe and Espanola)

Landscape beyond Camel Rock

Georgia O’Keefe Country – in between Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu

Georgia O’Keefe Country – in between Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu

Church in Abiquiu – town where Georgia O’Keefe called home

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest – Georgia O’Keefe

Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument is a park which showcases remnant cave dwellings and ruins from pueblo communities long ago. There are nice hiking trails to take and you can purchase a guide map  that indicates the various sights to see along the way. After hiking you can grab a cool drink at the small restaurant or cool down in the gift shop. Note: there is a $10 park entrance fee per vehicle.

Bandelier National Monument

Some of the ruins from pueblo communities long ago

Climbing up to the cave dwellings carved into the soft rock. The climb up was easy but going down was a little scarier!

 Inside one of the caves.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The Tent Rocks National Monument is another interesting park to check out. This park is known for its rock formations in the shape of tents or cones. There are a few different hiking trails available for beginners and advancers hikers alike. For those who just want to take a scenic (yet bumpy) 5 mile drive up the mountain there are also great views to be seen. Make sure to pack a lunch and bring lots of water as there are no restaurants at this park. Park fee:  $10 per vehicle with in and out privileges.

Rock formations as a result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago

Hiking on the trail

View from the scenic drive up to the top of the hill

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Farewell New Mexico – What an interesting state to visit!!

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