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Beautifully Peaceful Chapel and Monastery in the High Desert

We went for a day trek from Ghost Ranch where we were staying to do a workshop. The monasohas a... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Miami Beach, Florida
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Quiet, serene and well maintained

If you have a handicap placard on you car you can drive all the way to the entry. For others it’s a... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Anacortes, Washington
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We went for a day trek from Ghost Ranch where we were staying to do a workshop. The monasohas a lovely chapel, meditation garden and gift shop. The monks there were extreme friendly and cordial. Beautiful setting.

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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

If you have a handicap placard on you car you can drive all the way to the entry. For others it’s a short 200 yard walk on a well maintained gravel road from the parking lot. It’s 13 miles from highway 84 on a one...More

1  Thank JoanB128
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The road is unpaved and bumpy, but the scenery along the way and the Monastery at the end of the road make the trip worth the slow pace and slight discomfort. Beautiful, peaceful, a treasure at the end of the road.

Thank Kathi B
Reviewed 1 October 2018

While this Monastery is only 13 miles from the main road, it takes close to 1 hour to reach as it is a very primitive dirt road not for the faint of heart. It is however worth it for the architecture and location. The views...More

Thank mjsanson
Reviewed 21 September 2018

It is reached by a 13 mile unpaved main one lane road. Do not attempt the drive in the rain. We traveled between 15 and 25 MPH. We did encounter a semi truck coming down from the Monastery. We did squeeze by.

Thank Charles W
Reviewed 29 August 2018

My husband and I visited for just a few hours. We drove through some rain to get to the monastery, but it wasn't bad. Although the road is unpaved, it's in good condition. The trickiest part of the drive was when we encountered vehicles coming...More

1  Thank hkbuck
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I brought a friend here for his retreat. So, I am most familiar with Forest Road 151 leading up to the Monastery. A four wheel drive vehicle would be best to travel with. It i a single lane dirt road. Between mile markers 5-7, ome...More

3  Thank AlbuquerqueMary
Reviewed 9 June 2018

My wife and I visited the Monastery in early June. The road is very curvy and in some places only one vehicle wide. The road is washboard up and down the many hills. I suggest that trucks with RV trailers and Motor homes should not...More

4  Thank VLA-traveler
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Go in the early morning when the light is just right for the view of the 3 crosses on the mountain from inside the chapel Its the quite, calmness and peace you will get while walking, standing on the holy grounds.

3  Thank vermillionroad59
Reviewed 20 October 2017

As other reviews have noted, the 13 mile drive in along rough dirt roads is long, but it is beautiful. The views are just as great as from nearby Ghost Ranch and the colors in October were really stunning. If you're in the Abiquiu area,...More

1  Thank Patrick G
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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
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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