Directions to the Monastery

If you are coming from Santa Fe, drive to Espanola, cross the Rio Grande River and use Route 84 going north.  At Abiquiu stay on Route 84, driving about 11 miles to the entrance of the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, then just 2 miles from there north on Route 84, right after mile marker 227, there is a sign pointing left that reads “Monastery.” You turn left at that point, heading west on U.S. Forest Service Road 151. If you are coming from Chama on Route 84, the entrance to this Road 151 is just 1 mile south of Echo Amphitheater.

Forest service Road 151 is winding, steep and narrow at some points. It is mostly gravel but there are sections of dirt and clay surfaces that turn quite slippery when wet. Drivers of 2-wheel drive vehicles should allow time for the road to dry after a rain. In the winter the road can be negotiated most safely when frozen, i.e., during the evening or night and in the early morning hours.

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Current Road Conditions

Updated on Friday, March 1st, 2024, 5:00 am

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is nearly dry, though rutted and muddy in some places.

Four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles are highly advised for traversing Forest Road 151.

For those who travel the road, please be aware that there is traffic traveling in both directions on the road, so round curves with caution. Be courteous and allow faster traffic ahead of you. Simply pull to the side of the road and let them pass.

Safe and peaceful travels.

Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert

Current Road Conditions

Updated on Friday, March 1st, 2024, 5:00 am

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is nearly dry, though rutted and muddy in some places.

Four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles are highly advised for traversing Forest Road 151.

For those who travel the road, please be aware that there is traffic traveling in both directions on the road, so round curves with caution. Be courteous and allow faster traffic ahead of you. Simply pull to the side of the road and let them pass.

Safe and peaceful travels.

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