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Abiquiu Lake, located in Rio Arriba County in North-Central New Mexico, is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Abiquiu Lake offers recreation areas for camping, boating, swimming, kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, water skiing and more.
Surrounded by pine, juniper, and sage, as well as red sandstone cliffs and mesas, Abiquiu Lake was constructed by impounding the Chama River, a tributary of the legendary Rio Grande River, in 1963 as a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Measuring 1,540 feet long and rising 321 feet above the riverbed, Abiquiu Dam, an earthen filled dam, is the second of three dams constructed in the Chama River watershed.
Fishing is a popular pastime at Abiquiu Reservoir. Visitors with a New Mexico fishing license can cast in their line for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and rainbow trout. Geocaching, the treasure hunting game using a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants, is also allowed at Abiquiu Lake, but only with prior authorization from the lake manager.
Visitors who want to relax and enjoy Abiquiu Lake will have a great time at the Riana Campground, located on a 150-foot rock bluff overlooking Abiquiu Lake. Open from April 1-October 15, visitors have access to campsites as well as a playground, showers, dump station, visitor center, and fishing areas.
When not in the water, Abiquiu Lake visitors may enjoy nearby attractions including the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Ghost Ranch, and Chaco Canyon. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico opened in 1997 dedicated to the internationally-known artist for whom the museum is named. Georgia O'Keeffe lived in Abiquiu as well as Ghost Ranch. The 21,000 acres of Ghost Ranch, formally called Piedra Lumbre (shining rock), was part of a land grant to Pedro Martin Serrano for the King of Spain in 1766. Now owned by the Presbyterian Church, visitors can enjoy a number of activities, including a guided tour centered around Georgia O'Keeffe and the Ghost Ranch Landscape. Finally, visitors may enjoy the Chaco Canyon which contains the largest stone ruins in the US, including Pueblo Bonito, Chettro Ketl, and Casa Rinconada.
The beautiful rugged terrain of Abiquiu Lake offers a fun and exciting retreat from civilization. Whether you prefer adrenaline-pumping activities such as waterskiing or just want to take in the sights, there is something for everyone at Abiquiu Lake.
Ah, but how do you pronounce Abiquiu? According to the New York Times, it's AH-bee-kee-oo.
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