Georgia O’Keefe Country

The Inspiring Landscape of Georgia O’Keeffe Country

This day trip some 40 miles north of Santa Fe will show you why legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe was inspired to put down roots in the Abiquiu region of northern New Mexico. The route takes you there via US 285/84, picking up US 84 in Espanola as it leads you to the village of Abiquiu and the stunning red-rock land formations that make even non-artists yearn to paint.

Santa Fe itself offers a wonderful array of day spas, but if you’re hoping for a more rustic experience, head 50 miles northwest to experience the mineral springs of Ojo Caliente under the broad New Mexico sky.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa: The village of Ojo Caliente, situated along US 285, a brief detour off the road to or from Taos, NM, is home to natural hot springs that have rejuvenated visitors for thousands of years. The earliest human settlers, ancestors of today’s Native American Pueblo people, built their settlements here to take advantage of the naturally occurring iron, lithia, soda and arsenic springs at the base of sandstone cliffs. Spanish Conquistadors who came through in the 1540s believed they had discovered the mythical Fountain of Youth. Today, an upgraded spa complex with restaurant offers modern visitors the same chance to soak away aches, pains and a variety of ailments in a series of natural pools with temperatures ranging from 80 to 109 degrees. Call 505-583-2233 or 800-222-9162; www.ojocalientesprings.com

Abiquiu Lake: A cool blue oasis, this manmade lake surrounded by rock formations, created when the Rio Chama was dammed, is a refreshing spot for water sports, camping or an afternoon picnic.