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Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Abiquiu, NM 87510
+1 801-545-8567
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A magical place to visit! A must see !

Go in the early morning when the light is just right for the view of the 3 crosses on the mountain... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
vermillionroad59
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Moberly, Missouri
remote and beautiful

As other reviews have noted, the 13 mile drive in along rough dirt roads is long, but it is... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Patrick G
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Abiquiu, NM 87510
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Go in the early morning when the light is just right for the view of the 3 crosses on the mountain from inside the chapel Its the quite, calmness and peace you will get while walking, standing on the holy grounds.

1  Thank vermillionroad59
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

As other reviews have noted, the 13 mile drive in along rough dirt roads is long, but it is beautiful. The views are just as great as from nearby Ghost Ranch and the colors in October were really stunning. If you're in the Abiquiu area,...More

1  Thank Patrick G
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

If you are seeking a quiet retreat and if you are willing to risk taking the dirt road then the Monastery is your place. It has expanded a lot since I first visited when it first located there, and it requires reservations now but because...More

1  Thank Diane W
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Yes, heads up, it is a really really long and slow drive. If you have the time it is worth it. It is a beautiful drive. Not a lot to do there once you arrive. It is an actual monastery. Very relaxing and meditative time....More

2  Thank TxBrian
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the incredible scenery on our drive to the monastery. It's slow going on the 13 mile road to the monastery, but the surrounding beauty made it so pleasant. The church is very simple with a large window displaying the rock formation behind the...More

3  Thank FestBT
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

A most peaceful and spiritual place. The chapel facilitates thoughtful contemplation and mindfulness. We are not Catholic, but felt the Spirit here. Getting there via the 13-mile well-graded gravel forest road reveals wonderful rock and river country. The Chama River parallels the road most of...More

2  Thank Trogons
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

13 miles down a dirt road. Don't know if I'd ever go back. Just too far unless you are into praying and singing.

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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I have been here multiple times and will continue to return when time permits. Inspiring, religious where you are welcomed with graciousness. The men who work and live here as monks are holy, friendly and willing to help you when you ask them. Sunday mass...More

3  Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

We've been out to Ghost Ranch many times and love hiking there. Today, we drove just ten minutes further and took a wonderful hike on the Rim Vista trail off of Forest Road 151... a good cardio workout of 2.5 miles up to a spectacular...More

1  Thank BVinSantaFe
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

I just returned from a visit to Monastery of Christ in the Desert and love the place. The Benedictine monks practice silence which seems to emphasize the abundance of birds in the canyon. The church is very simple, but perfect for the location with high...More

3  Thank Thea W
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Ladonnacontenta
27 November 2016|
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Response from VN F | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is a cafe in Santa Fe run by Benedictines but there is a shop on Don Gaspar, across from the Inn of the Governors, called The Monk's Corner connected to the Benedictines, I think.
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allisonr1
11 June 2015|
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Response from Phil L |
$70 a night for a single room + meals. Lots more information online if you search for them
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Don L
31 January 2015|
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Response from Karri S | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others, the road is a little treacherous, but not so that you cannot navigate through it. I think the most hazardous part is trying to take in all the beautiful scenery and still trying to drive. There are... More
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