At the end of the 15th century, the Spanish explorers from Mexico came North in search of gold and silver. The first was Coronado, the most famous, but by far the one with the most influence was Juan de Onate!
Juan de Onate brought his young son, Cristobal, who very soon into the 1600's made trips out to the Piedre Lumbre (Abiquiu) in order to chase Utes, Navajo's and Apache's who were scarfing up on the horses and taking them out into the Piedre Lumbre to teach themselves how to ride!
After the Pueblo revolt and into the early 1700's, the now, Governor in Santa Fe was making a determined effort to settle the Piedre Lumbre! The Village of Abiquiu was the settlement on the edge of the vast wilderness, and inhabited by Genizaro's, and Spanish Traders and a military garrison..as well as the church.
On the Northwest of the Piedre Lumbre, Ghost Ranch was thus settled, but not yet named as such!
In the early 1800's and in Box Canyon ..rustlers drove thier stolen livestock until sale and in the very late 1800's with this behavior becoming the norm, was bought by the Archuleta brothers, who cranked up the cattle rustling business AND started a B&B that no guest ever emerged from!
They'd check in and be murdered and their horse stolen and whatever other belongings they had!
After almost 2 centuries of this mayhem, it was said that you could, in the canyons ..hear the echos of the ghosts of all who were killed..and thus named Ghost Ranch, but well into the 1900's.
Today..Ghost Ranch is a retreat center for the Presbyterian Church ..and it comprises 10's of thousands of acres of the most diverse, beautiful and austere landscape you can imagine! Dan