How to get to the Plaza Blanca
The rock formations are on the grounds of the Dar Al
Islam mosque and Islamic education center. The Center
welcomes visitors to their land and no prior arrangements
are required. Closed on weekends.
From the South
An hour north of Sante Fe the site is easily reached by
Take US-285 N/US-84 W in a northward direction out of
Sante Fe until you
reach NM-554N, there is a well known Pizza restaurant, Mamacita Pizzeria, and a bar at the
junction. Turning right onto 554 for about 0.6 miles
then turn left onto Country Road 155 which is a small but
paved track through the desert.
Go three and a third miles (3.3 miles) along this path
driving past the small houses of local residents on this
back road until suddenly on your right there is a large
wooden gateway with the words "Dar Al Islam" and nothing
else on them.
Through the gateway is a dirt track which you take for
about 0.6 miles until there is a fork in the road and you
want to take the right fork towards Plaza Blanca (the left
goes to the Dar Al Islam Mosque and Education Center).
Park here and hike the remaining quarter mile into the
From the North
If coming from the north from Colorado then beware that
road conditions north of Abiquiu can be bad during winter so
check ahead. The route from the south is always open
as the road goes through the valley and is cleared as it is
a main highway.
Driving from the north you will come to NM 554 going
south until you take the same turning onto Country Road 155
mentioned above, and from there the same directions.
These are instructions to get to the Plaza Blanca as
painted by Georgia O'Keefe, it will not take you to the Ghost
Ranch. That is located 4 miles south.