Getting to Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch is located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe on U.S. 84.  The Ghost Ranch office phone is (505) 685-4333 (that is also the number by which you can be contacted in an emergency).

Arriving by air

The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque, 125 miles south of Ghost Ranch. Several rental car agencies are located at the airport. Plan to arrive early in the day, by 2 or 3 pm, in order to arrive at Ghost Ranch in time for supper, and plan to depart between 3 and 6 pm to allow time to get from Ghost Ranch to the airport.

If you need transportation to/from the airport, be sure to fill out the relevant information in the registration form (flight info, arrival/departure times). You will then be contacted by a travel coordinator.

Driving Directions

From the south:  Santa Fe can be bypassed by taking the Santa Fe Relief Route, NM 599.  The exit for 599 off I-25 occurs immediately after the turnoff to Madrid and NM 41. After bypassing Santa Fe, 599 joins US 84 and US 285, with signs to Espanola and the Santa Fe Opera. Take US 84 North all the way to Ghost Ranch. Follow the signs to Espanola, but just before getting to the center of Espanola, you must TURN LEFT to stay on US 84, which goes around downtown Espanola. (Do not go toward Taos!) Look for the signs to Chama. US 84 will take you past Abiquiu.

Fourteen miles past Abiquiu, look for the Ghost Ranch sign on the entrance gate on your right between mileposts 224 and 225. It is a well-marked dirt road. Drive slowly to minimize dust.

Another way of bypassing Santa Fe and Espanola is through the “back route” from Bernalillo, 16 miles north of Albuquerque. Take US 550 to Cuba. About 4 to 7 miles past Cuba turn right on NM 96 northward to La Jara, Regina, Gallina, Coyote, Youngsville, and the Abiquiu Dam. US 84 is across the Dam and up the hill. Turn left on US 84 and proceed 3 miles to the Ghost Ranch entrance.

From Colorado: We suggest that the quickest route for those driving from the Front Range area of Colorado, is south on Interstate 25 to Walsenburg, west on US 160 over La Veta Pass to Alamosa, south on SR 17 / US 185 to Antonito, then southwest to Chama on SR 17.  From Chama continue south on US 84.  The Ghost Ranch entrance is on your left between mileposts 224 and 225, 36 miles south of Chama.

Upon Arrival at Ghost Ranch

Follow the signs that point to IMYM and park in front of the Ghost Ranch office building.  Walk up the road to Ghost House, where you will pick up your room assignment and welcome materials. Early Days check-in begins Sunday June 10, at 1 PM.

Meal service is not available at Ghost Ranch after 6:15 pm. If you are staying in Ghost Ranch housing, dinner is included on the day of your indicated arrival. Plan to arrive in time to check in at the Registrar’s office, find your room, and arrive at the dining hall for dinner no later than 6 pm.