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 at 5:45 PM Sunday, September 18, 2021.

ROAD CONDITIONS
The Forest Service Road 151 into the Monastery is damaged in places throughout. Areas of concern are (1) long straight-aways, (2) around cattle guards, & (3) through marked "Flash Flood Area". Erosion and wet driving have produced potholes and raised protruding rocks which may damage tires at higher speeds.
OF PARTICULAR CONCERN for inbound traffic is a very deep pothole at the second cattle guard. Incoming cars may avoid this pothole by bearing much to the right. We recommend additional caution, even for familiar drivers, until the road is resurfaced.

GENERAL UPDATE
The Monastery is commencing gradual re-opening, beginning with reception of day visitors. The Guesthouse remains closed to overnight guests.

As of Monday, May 31st, the Monastery Church, Giftshop, and Art Gallery, are open to daytime visitors, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Masks are required for visitors to the Giftshop and in church.

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is offered at 9:15 am. Attendees are welcome. The Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert

Current Road Conditions

Updated at 5:45 PM Sunday, September 18, 2021.

ROAD CONDITIONS
The Forest Service Road 151 into the Monastery is damaged in places throughout. Areas of concern are (1) long straight-aways, (2) around cattle guards, & (3) through marked "Flash Flood Area". Erosion and wet driving have produced potholes and raised protruding rocks which may damage tires at higher speeds.
OF PARTICULAR CONCERN for inbound traffic is a very deep pothole at the second cattle guard. Incoming cars may avoid this pothole by bearing much to the right. We recommend additional caution, even for familiar drivers, until the road is resurfaced.

GENERAL UPDATE
The Monastery is commencing gradual re-opening, beginning with reception of day visitors. The Guesthouse remains closed to overnight guests.

As of Monday, May 31st, the Monastery Church, Giftshop, and Art Gallery, are open to daytime visitors, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Masks are required for visitors to the Giftshop and in church.

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is offered at 9:15 am. Attendees are welcome. The Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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