DescriptionIn the mid-18th century Abiquiu (AH-be-cue) was one of several settlements the Spanish government provided for Genízaros, people of mixed blood who were either the Spaniards' own prisoners or captives ransomed from the Comanches or Apaches and later released from slavery. By 1778 the community was a stop on the Old Spanish Trail, which led westward to an infant coastal hamlet called Los Angeles.
Abiquiu was the birthplace of Padre Antonio José Martínez, the priest credited with the establishment of the Southwest's first coeducational school. His lifelong crusade to educate his people took him to Taos in 1826, then into politics.
The area is known for its colorful, rugged rock formations and other scenic features. Abiquiu Lake, 7 miles northwest via US 84, provides opportunities for water sports while controlling downstream flooding and sedimentation. The Carson and Santa Fe national forests surround the lake.
As anyone who has seen her landscapes would conclude, artist Georgia O'Keeffe spent winters and springs in Abiquiu and summers and autumns at nearby Ghost Ranch. The artist's ashes were scattered at Pedernal, the flat-topped mountain to the south of Ghost Ranch. Along US 84 are views O'Keeffe captured in her work.
Guided tours of the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio are available March through November by reservation only; advance payment is required. Tours accommodate up to 12 people and depart from the nearby Abiquiu Inn. For more information phone (505) 946-1000.
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