New Mexico: Ride the Lightning
In 1977, sculptor Walter De Maria planted 400 stainless-steel lightning rods on a remote desert plane, enticing natural pyrotechnics during the summer storm season. You can book the Dia Art Foundation’s six-person cabin at The Lightning Field. A local cowboy will meet you in Quemado and drive you to the mile-long secret location. Then watch for thunderheads: Lightning strikes the installation about 60 times a year.
Getting there: From Albuquerque, drive to the Dia Art Foundation office in Quemado. At 2:00 p.m., a van will shuttle you 45 minutes to the Lightning Field. Stay in the three-bedroom cabin for $250 per person per night in July and August or $150 in September and October. Reservations should be made well in advance.
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