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Monastery of Christ in the Desert

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Address: Abiquiu, NM 87510
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A Southwestern Monastery-Christ in the Desert

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... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 of red sandstone cliffs along the Chama River. The monastery has a web site that... More 

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Bellaire, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 scenery is striking.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 the last 100 ft or so. It was pretty rutted, but low clearance cars would... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

We didn't stop here although I'm told you can take tours and rent houses to stay. We saw it from the river on the end of our 3 day trip down the Rio Chama. What an incredible setting and the architecture is a perfect compliment to the sandstone walls in the backdrop. Would definitely check it out when we return... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I cannot imagine a better time than Mid-October and late afternoon to make this journey of thirteen miles. Along the Ria Chama amidst desert and mountains winds Forests Service road 151. About an hour drive for most vehicles, it takes much longer for artists, photographers, and naturalists. Some might just see a dirt road through the middle of nowhere, but... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I'm so glad we decided to check this place out after touring Ghost Ranch. It's a pretty substantial diversion along a winding dirt road, but well worth the long drive. The setting was spectacular, nestled between mountains and a gorgeous river. We were there just as the fall colors were peaking, which added to the beauty. It's a very serene,... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The 13 mile off road trip to travel to the monastery takes a long, long time on the unpaved, rocky road. Do not attempt to travel here if it has been raining or you will get stuck. This is a peaceful place with a beautiful modern chapel and building for retreats. You are not allowed to talk as they want... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

My friend living in New Mexico recommend we attend the Sunday mass and it was well worth the drive. We were lucky to have dry weather so the road was not muddy. It reminded me of the road to Hana on Maui. Because it is a narrow dirt road, it would be dangerous to drive it during inclement weather. The... More 

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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

A lovely place to visit - serene and quiet and peaceful. The road there is a dirt road an must be carefully traversed. Don't recommend it in the rain as there are some ruts to deal with. Purchased a number of gifts for Christmas.

1 Thank TXRosie50
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Hardly a "desert," the picturesque Chama Valley is an elegant setting for a Benedictine monastery with a small farm. There were few visitors (and lots of empty but excellent campsites) on the Friday afternoon we were there but we were made welcome. The challenging dirt road (13 mi.) is well maintained by the Park Service. The chapel is beautiful and... More 

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