Tim Van Camp, Knowing Santa Fe
This magnificent getaway is an exquisite find in the countryside north of Santa Fe. Located roughly 70 miles from the Plaza, the incredibly private estate enjoys breathtaking views in every direction, including dramatic mesas, unique geological formations, yellow cliffs, and the majestic Cerro Pedernal. This ranch sits amid the peaks and valleys of the magical lands that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe, one of America's most stirring artists. The estate—known as Apache Mesa Ranch—comprises 1,060 acres of rolling grasslands, rugged rock outcroppings, and miles of piñon, ponderosa pine, and juniper—the trees and terrain that give this region the feeling of a Southwestern Zen garden. The estate borders the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, which spans 53,000 acres inside the Santa Fe National Forest, as well as the famous Ghost Ranch, once O'Keeffe’s home. The ranch includes a main residence fashioned after a traditional Mexican hacienda, a pool, a guesthouse, a carriage house, a bunkhouse, and a studio—all constructed of adobe. The caretaker’s quarters give workers a place to live while maintaining the grounds and caring for horses. A full-size dressage arena from Premier Equestrian has ProStride rubber footing and ArenaAid sand stabilizer, which provides the perfect environment for fine-tuning horsemanship.
For a virtual tour, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnpRvtPWPDQ&t.