Post-Conference Press Trip
Ghost Ranch ~ Home of Georgia O'Keeffe
November 14-15, 2019

Ghost Ranch Logo

Ghost Ranch Panorama, Abiquiú, New Mexico ~ Image by Brian Spencer

Explore fabulous and historic Ghost Ranch, home to Georgia O’Keeffe. But before she was there, dinosaurs once walked the soggy wetlands that became the arid high desert of Ghost Ranch. Millions of years later Navajos and various other tribes roamed the valley. The Spaniards settled here and then came the cattle rustlers and the wranglers. Famous guests have included Charles Lindbergh, Ansel Adams and John Wayne.

For more than fifty-five years Ghost Ranch has been a national education and retreat center. Over 200 classes are offered each year in subjects ranging from Memoir Writing, Adobe Building and Paleontology to Plein Air Painting and Yoga. 

Ghost Ranch scenic view

Trip Itinerary

Thursday, November 14, 2019

10:00 - 10:30 AM
Depart Santa Fe (transportation will be provided)

Lunch in Ghost Ranch Dining Hall

1:30 PM

  • O'Keeffe Landscape Tour 
    Tour the landscape of Ghost Ranch by motorbus and see through your own eyes the scenes and actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch.

3:00 - 5:30 PM
Room Check in

  • Explore on own or more of the museums, Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology or Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology. The Museum of Anthropology at Ghost Ranch displays ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian cultures, 10,000 years ago. The Museum of Paleontology was built in 1985 around a huge, 8-ton block of plaster-encased dinosaur bones was hoisted by crane onto the back of a flatbed truck and moved to the main campus of Ghost Ranch. 

  • Light hike is another possibility

5:30 - 6:30 PM

6:45 PM
Evening Lecture "Ghost Ranch History"

Private room with bath; variety of historic & newer buildings

Late afternoon in the Red Rocks area of Northern New Mexico featuring amazing colors and rock formations

Friday, November 15, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 AM

10:00 AM
Check out, but activities continue

Choose your activity:

  • Painting Track - folks bring own supplies, an instructor provided for the morning
  • Outdoor hike to Chimney Rock
  • Trail Ride - Folks can book at their expense

Ghost Ranch Panorama, with a figure on horseback in the distance, surveying the vast, rich expanse of the Painted Desert.

Noon - 1:00 PM
Lunch in Ghost Ranch Dining Room

  • On your own to explore or travel to O'Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiu or to head back to Santa Fe.

3:00 PM pm
Depart (transportation provided to Santa Fe)

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center from Ghost Ranch on Vimeo.

Keep in mind that in order to be considered for this media trip:

  1. You must be registered for the 2019 Conference prior to applying for this trip
  2. Your dues must be current at time of application and during the time the trip will take place.
  3. Your IFWTWA website profile must be set for PUBLIC viewing and complete before applying.
  4. Social Media and Media Placements: Applicants selected are required to do social media pre and during the trip, and are required to produce at least one article within three (3) months of the trip.
  5. Travel: No travel reimbursement is included in this press trip unless expressly stated above.
  6. Your Cost: There is no IFWTWA fee associated with this press trip. Activity and restaurant tips are generally paid for by the host, however you may want to bring additional money to tip other entities such as hotel maid service. 

Registration closed

Note: IFWTWA vets all applications prior to submittal to the Host. Vetting includes verification of member's association status and member profile. Dues must be current at the time of application and during the time the media trip will take place. Your profile must be complete including Item #6 or 8 article links -- your choice, but at least one must be completed and we recommend both.