Your comfort level determines your expenses for the room…ranging from private rooms to a step above camping! Each year Darla reserves rooms well in advance of the workshop/retreat. All rooms are the Ranch level rooms (none up on the mesas). We are near the dining hall and the Arts Building on the ground level. If you reserve a room and share it with someone else (a spouse or another artist) you simply split the cost of the room! All rooms reserved for the art workshop/retreat are "private bath" rooms which means 2 beds and ensuite private bath. They are the most comforatble and convenient rooms at the Ranch. Other types of rooms are available at the Ranch costing less and some share the bathroom. Some rooms offer handicapped facilities and others have the feel of the original Ranch in their location closer to the office! The prices vary but are primarily determined by the bathroom situation. If you don't mind "roughing" it, you can camp, bring an RV or stay in a dorm situation. Below is more information with photos.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved in order to keep our artist group rather small (18 artists maximum).


Payment details are included on the Registration Form. 


All payments are non-refundable unless a substitue participant is found. (Darla pays 1+ year ahead)


All rooming options include 3 daily meals prepared at Ghost Ranch in the dining hall beginning with dinner the first day and concluding with breakfast the last day.

Ranch Level Private Baths (these are the most popular & I have reserved as many as possible for our group). See the registration for options on your cost.  These rooms have their own shower or tub (see below)

Semi Private—Two bedrooms share one full bathroom--great for 4 friends attending together or 2 who want separate sleeping arrangement and don't mind sharing a bathroom area! Below is the Garden Cottage.

Casita—rustic, and a bit removed from the main dining area, but very convenient to the New Arts Building which is our group activity area. I recommend bringing a sleeping bag or something to pad the somewhat thin mattresses. The nearby bathrooms are VERY nice. The pictures below show the casitas. The floor is cement, bunk beds are basic and in October it is brisk. I don't recommend this as a choice but if you like to rough it, save money and have convenience to the Art Building, it might be perfect. The rooms are VERY reasonable. 

Mesa Dorm Bath—Each room has a sink (there is a men and women’s bathroom in the building, but showers are in another building close by). This is on the highest elevation and has a steep road to access. My group has never stayed here so I have no experience with them.

Mesa Private -- Like the Lower Level Private but higher elevation, pictured below. It is quite a hike/drive upward. I have a couple of people who added to the group late and could not stay on the lower level. This was the next option. Nice rooms, but inconvenient access--must have a car.

The Cedar Private Bath Main Ranch Level: This houses 2 bedrooms with 2 twins each, 2 baths and a small community area. Perfect for 4. It's between the dining room and office. The rooms rent out as locked-off separate bedroom units. This is a great set-up if you have 3 or 4 in your group. I always have this reserved for us. It's a few steps further away, but very private. (See bleow)

Main Level Corral Dorms: These are cheaper than the private baths. They are some of the oldest rooms on the Ranch. The community showers and toilets are a few doors down (you must walk outside to get there). The Main Level Corral Dorms are the least convenient rooming for our New Arts Building where we spend the day and the dining hall. If you don't mind a walk and want to save money on your week, this might be an option! NOTE there are no locks on the doors for the rooms. For what it's worth, I do not recommend these rooms. (See below). 

The room and board rates in our art package are those that Ghost Ranch charges. Darla does not profit from the room rates, nor does she get a group discount on the rooms. The rental fee on the Art Building is not included with the art workshop fee and is shared by all in the workshop (see registration form). 


The block of rooms reserved for Darla's Art Workshop/Retreat are Lower Level Private. Should you prefer a different option on your room, arrangements let Darla know early as they are not generally in the held block of rooms. 


The best budget option is to bring a roommate (regardless of whether they participate in the workshop). Non-participating adult roommates are welcome to join us for our opening reception, meals, field trips and evenings in the activity room. During the day they can spend their time at their own leisure.


RV Living/Camping: 

2018 rates were: Tent sites $35/night; small RV/tent sites with electricity $40/night; RV full-hook-up sites $45/night. None include meals but meals can be arranged directly through the office with Ghost Ranch (505.685.4333)--breakfast $10, lunch $12, dinner $14. The $5 Conservation fee/person is additional. Payment for the workshop & art room ($660) is payable to Darla along with tours you wish to take. Campers should arrange their campsite preferences and meals with Ghost Ranch directly rather than through Darla. There is also a Corps of Engineers RV Park at Camp Riana less than 10 miles away for $9/night but you would neede a vehicle to access the Ranch during the day and for evening activities.


NOTE: If you plan to attend the workshop, but do not have a roommate, every effort will be made by Darla to match you with one if you wish.