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Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Abiquiu, NM 87510
+1 801-545-8567
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Beautiful drive

We enjoyed the incredible scenery on our drive to the monastery. It's slow going on the 13 mile... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile

A most peaceful and spiritual place. The chapel facilitates thoughtful contemplation and... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
New Mexico
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Abiquiu, NM 87510
+1 801-545-8567
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the incredible scenery on our drive to the monastery. It's slow going on the 13 mile road to the monastery, but the surrounding beauty made it so pleasant. The church is very simple with a large window displaying the rock formation behind the...More

Thank FestBT
Reviewed 6 July 2017

A most peaceful and spiritual place. The chapel facilitates thoughtful contemplation and mindfulness. We are not Catholic, but felt the Spirit here. Getting there via the 13-mile well-graded gravel forest road reveals wonderful rock and river country. The Chama River parallels the road most of...More

Thank Trogons
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

13 miles down a dirt road. Don't know if I'd ever go back. Just too far unless you are into praying and singing.

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I have been here multiple times and will continue to return when time permits. Inspiring, religious where you are welcomed with graciousness. The men who work and live here as monks are holy, friendly and willing to help you when you ask them. Sunday mass...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We've been out to Ghost Ranch many times and love hiking there. Today, we drove just ten minutes further and took a wonderful hike on the Rim Vista trail off of Forest Road 151... a good cardio workout of 2.5 miles up to a spectacular...More

Thank BVinSantaFe
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

I just returned from a visit to Monastery of Christ in the Desert and love the place. The Benedictine monks practice silence which seems to emphasize the abundance of birds in the canyon. The church is very simple, but perfect for the location with high...More

2  Thank Thea W
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

About 15 miles off the main highway. Do not travel on snowy or heavily rainy days. This is a real monastery, designed for prayer and contemplation. The small number of monks are gently welcoming, but you should remember they are not there for your entertainment....More

1  Thank SandyRShaw
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It is where a monastery should be--remote, with effort made to get there. The drive is 13 miles along a sometimes rough dirt road that in wet weather may be impassable. But the drive lets you leave the real world and take in the beauty...More

1  Thank Michael N
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

The 13 mi drive takes about 40 min- take your time and enjoy the surrounding mountain views and the Rio Chana. Very picturesque. When you arrive at the monastery, you are able to visit the sanctuary, dining area, gift shop, a few short trails. The...More

1  Thank Bellaire56
Reviewed 27 February 2017

My husband and I decided to do a day trip to this monastery. The drive there was beautiful, especially the last 13 miles. Those last 13 miles are on a dirt road deep into the Santa Fe Forest. The road was in good conditions until...More

1  Thank alpw
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27 November 2016|
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Response from VN F | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is a cafe in Santa Fe run by Benedictines but there is a shop on Don Gaspar, across from the Inn of the Governors, called The Monk's Corner connected to the Benedictines, I think.
11 June 2015|
Response from Phil L |
$70 a night for a single room + meals. Lots more information online if you search for them
Don L
31 January 2015|
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Response from Karri S | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others, the road is a little treacherous, but not so that you cannot navigate through it. I think the most hazardous part is trying to take in all the beautiful scenery and still trying to drive. There are... More