Best Place to Commune With D. H. Lawrence
of "New Mexico's Best"
remains of English novelist D. H. Lawrence are cast in cement
on the wooded slopes of his beloved 12,000-foot Lobo Mountain,
on a ranch once owned by the writer 15 miles north of Taos.
his life was so sickly and troubled, you can see why Lawrence
craved this peaceful setting," says David Dunaway, literary biographer
and professor of English at the University of New Mexico. "It's
a wonderful place to feel his presence."
the writer did not spend very much time here, and he died in Europe
in 1930. His wife, Frieda, brought his ashes back to the ranch,
which had been given to the couple by arts patron Mabel Dodge
Luhan and was later donated to the University of New Mexico. The
160-acre parcel is now operated as a retreat and conference center,
but is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
are picnic tables beneath the cool pines and magnificent views
of the Taos Valley. Nearby is a cement shrine where D.H.'s ashes
and his wife's body are entombed. Many visitors leave personal
notes and offerings to the deceased writer, who spent a total
of about 18 months here.
You Go: The D. H. Lawrence Ranch and Memorial are at
the dead-end of a well-maintained dirt road. In winter or rainy
weather, call ahead for road conditions (505-776-2245). From
Taos, take NM 522 north to San Cristobal, then follow the signs
east about 5 miles past the village.
Tip: The serious student of D. H. Lawrence will want to
examine the large selection of out-of-print D. H. Lawrence titles
at the Taos Book Shop (New Mexico's oldest), at 122-D
Kit Carson Road (505-758-3733). The store specializes in books
about Taos and the Southwest.
Mahler is author of "New Mexico's Best" and several other
books. A journalist and photographer as well, he specializes in
travel writing. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, he lives in Santa
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