Abiquiú, New Mexico

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"Abiquiu" redirects here. For the Breaking Bad episode, see Abiquiu (Breaking Bad).
Location of Abiquiú within New Mexico
Abiquiú Post Office
The adobe St. Thomas Church in Abiquiú
Abiquiu church and plaza around 1920. Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst.

Abiquiú, or Abiquiu[1] Listeni/ˈæbɨkjuː/ (Navajo Haʼagizh) is a small census-designated place located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. In the 1730s, it was the third largest settlement in the Spanish province of Nuevo México.[citation needed] Artist Georgia O'Keeffe lived there from 1949 until shortly before her death in 1986 at 98 years of age.

Abiquiú is also the location where the opening shot of the 4th Indiana Jones movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was shot. As per the Production Timeline in the Extras section of the movie's Blu-ray Disc: "On June 16, 2007 even before the start of principal photography, the production's second unit crew was on location near Abiquiu, New Mexico, filming the traditional Indiana Jones opening shot of a "mountain" (in this case a prairie dog mound.)" Other notable films shot in Abiquiu are Cowboys & Aliens, City Slickers, Red Dawn, Wyatt Earp, The Last Outlaw,[2] and the TV series Earth 2.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Abiquiú is mentioned in Willa Cather's 1927 novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, Book Five Chapter 1.
  • Ghost Ranch is home of the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, named in honor of Ruth Hall.
  • "Abiquiú" is the title of episode 11, season 3 of the AMC television drama Breaking Bad.
  • Abiquiú is shown as the hometown on the drivers license of Mike Franks' alias in the 5th season NCIS episode "Judgment Day"
  • Noted, celebrated artist Georgia O'Keeffe lived at nearby Ghost Ranch for many years and also bought a house in Abiquiu in 1945, using it variously as an art subject, residence and studio for several years. In the mid-1940s, the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan sponsored a project to establish the first catalogue of her work.


Abiquiu has 1 Elementary school which is part of the Espanola Public Schools

  • Abiquiu Elementary

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Born here[edit]

  • Julian A. Chavez (1808–1879), rancher, landowner and elected official in Los Angeles, California

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Coordinates: 36°12′34″N 106°19′7″W / 36.20944°N 106.31861°W / 36.20944; -106.31861