This is the land that Georgia O’Keeffe loved to paint. After spending 20 summers here, she moved to the tiny village of Abiquiu in 1949, where she lived until her death in 1986 at the age of 98. Her favorite subject was Pedernal, a nearby mesa about which she famously remarked, “It’s my private mountain. God told me that if I painted it often enough, I could have it.”
After a lovely sunrise, we spent a leisurely day kicking around Abiquiu, enjoying the landscape and art galleries
We got a recommendation to go to a tiny restaurant in El Rito for authentic New Mexican cuisine. The food was good, but the experience was even better! We were advised to be there early since seating is limited. The website and sign on the door said they opened at 11 a.m. A local said it’s really 11:30, but don’t expect them to open until 11:45, which was the case.
A trip to the Abiquiu Dam Visitors Center was interesting and informative. So far Abiquiu Lake has been able to avoid the Quagga Mussels, but Lake Mead has a real problem. These mussels can reproduce asexually, with over 1,000,000 offspring in a single season.
Once again we are staying at an Army Corps of Engineers campsite, which have never been a disappointment. For $6 a night (Sr. National Parks rate), we have a nice site, hot showers, water and dump facilities available, and a great view!