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280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510
Grant Received County Amount
Outdoor Equity Fund 2023 Rio Arriba County $40,000
Outdoor Marketing Grant 2024 Bernalillo County $25,000
Trails+ 2023 Rio Arriba County $50,000
Total Grants Awarded $115,000

The National Ghost Ranch Foundation (NGRF) is a nonprofit education and retreat center located 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe, near the northern New Mexico community of Abiquiu. Established in 1955, the mission at Ghost Ranch is to steward a place of great beauty to nurture the human spirit and mind, discover the sacred, and care for creation. The 21,000-acre ranch is owned by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 1976, it was designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. Since 2017, the ranch’s facilities and programs have been leased to and managed by The National Ghost Ranch Foundation, Inc., an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Ghost Ranch invites people from diverse backgrounds across the globe to explore the arts, outdoor recreation, geology, ecology, the globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries or simply to rest and renew their spirits. Ghost Ranch welcomes over 45,000 visitors from around the world annually. In 2022, a total of 33,781 individual guests purchased day passes to take advantage of the facilities of Ghost Ranch, including 16,370 guests at the anthropology and paleontology museums, 1,976 outdoor adventure guests, 6,531 tour guests and 5,069 horseback riders. An additional 991 guests took part in 93 week-long programs. A variety of groups also use Ghost Ranch for corporate meetings and retreats, weddings, reunions, school trips, scouting activities, and church events. Hikers on the Continental Divide Trail rest and refuel at Ghost Ranch. The Whitaker (Coelophysis) Quarry is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and Federal Register of Historic Places, and active quarry sites are reserved by universities across the country for geological, archaeological and paleontological training and research. In 2024, NGRF plans to make Ghost Ranch THE destination for outdoor recreation and wilderness emergency management training for all of New Mexico. In collaboration with Base Medical (, an Albuquerque-based wilderness medicine and search and rescue (SAR) training organization, NGRF will create an annual schedule of Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training and recertification.