Hike to Chimney Rock at Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch Visitor Center

The Chimney Rock trail is a great option for a shorter day on the trail or a hike with kids. It includes stunning views of the Piedra Lumbre basin and gives you a perfect taste of the unique landscape of this part of northern New Mexico.

Start your adventure by checking in at the Ghost Ranch Visitor Center, then find the trailhead just behind the building. You'll quickly drop down through an arroyo and then walk through a gate. The trail begins to climb briefly then flattens out with beautiful views across to Pedernal and the Piedra Lumbre basin, the heart of Georgia O'Keefe country.

Continue to climb gradually up the ridge with your first sight of Chimney Rock's profile up close. Towards the end, the trail gets a little rockier and steepens before finishing on top of the mesa. Head out towards Chimney Rock and take in the incredible views before heading back the way you came!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen/hat
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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An Excellent Option for a Shorter Day on the Trail

The Chimney Rock trail is an excellent option for a shorter day on the trail. I saw stunning views of Ghost Ranch and got a perfect taste of the unique landscape of this part of northern New Mexico.

Easy hike with rewarding view

This is a nice short hike that's dog-friendly and gives a nice view of the surrounding area. I wasn't too impressed with the atmosphere around the ranch and it was hard to confirm dogs are allowed until we got there.

One of my favorite landscapes in the country. A great way to introduce people to the area, as well!


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