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Take a Break at Abiquiu Lake!

Posted by alainaflute on September 3, 2012

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

On the way to a flute seminar at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu (pronounced Abb-ih-Q), New Mexico, I passed a lake. Where there’s a lake, there’s a beach! On a free afternoon, I tracked back with a few friends, and we found a lovely day-trip spot in beautiful, Land of Enchantment scenery.

Entrance to Abiquiu Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Not far from Espanola, or Santa Fe for that matter, Abiquiu Lake is no secret from fun-seeking local families. We saw boaters, picnickers, and swimmers of all ages.

Beach Contractors at Abiquiu Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl) Please clean up after yourself and Toss No Mas!

Now, here’s a lake completely sans sandy beach. The rocks take you right up to the water, and, surprisingly, they aren’t too hot underfoot.

Bare Feet on the Rocks (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

There are restrooms, some shade trees, and shaded picnic tables. The New Mexican sun is strong, even this time of year, so be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and plenty of water. There is a small fee for the boat ramp and day use, so bring some 1 dollar bills. Have fun, and don’t forget your camera!

Swimming and Wading in the Cool Waters of Abiquiu Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

And for art fans, it’s no surprise that this lovely area of New Mexico was Georgia O’Keefe’s home from 1949 to the end of her life (you can tour her home and studio or visit the museum dedicated to her in Santa Fe).

View from the trail to Chimney Rock (Photo by Alaina Diehl) Abiquiu Lake is in the distance.

Golden Sunrise: Chimney Rock near Abiquiu, New Mexico (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

So, take a break at Abiquiu Lake and have a great day!

2 Responses to “Take a Break at Abiquiu Lake!”

  1. We really enjoyed swimming here during geology field camp. We swam along the shoreline and found a rock that was shaped just like a nice curved hammock, just barely submerged beneath the water. Talk about perfect!

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