Ranch Casita resides deep within the heart of the Chama Wilderness: the only privately-owned property in the area. The view from Ranch Casita's large deck looks out toward red and white Navajo Sandstone cliffs that rise 2,000 feet into the cerulean skies and woolly white clouds: the same Northern New Mexico beauty that awed and inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. This rental is in a 20-mile canyon, with no neighbors. Staying here is the essence of remoteness: we are completely off the grid, remote, secluded, and very private. Ranch Casita resides on an organic working ranch: we have cows, horses, chickens, goats, cats and dogs--- they all run free. Due to the remoteness of the ranch, Casita is not suitable for children.
Our spring water is excellent for drinking; bringing your own water is not necessary.
(There is a second more Remote Casita in the canyon also for rent where dogs are welcome; please email the owner if interested.)
This is an excellent place for quiet reflection and hiking. One may cool off during the hot summer days by swimming in Ranch Casita's private spring-fed swimming pond. The private swim pond includes an inflatable kayak, floating chairs, and two deck chairs. All of the water at the ranch comes from an Artesian spring, used long ago by the Anasazi. There is also a community swim pond at the lower part of the ranch.
We are close to the Chama River where one can white-water raft, kayak, and fish. A table and two chairs are available for you to use on Rio Chama. You may bring your kayak or river raft and take a leisurely 'Self-Outfitted' trip down the river to the Big Eddy Take-out, which takes approximately three hours. No fee or permit is required for 'Self-Outfitted' river trips on the lower Chama River.
Ranch Casita's living room is bright and sunny, with sky lights and large windows. Partitions separate the living room area from the shower and ecologically considerate composting toilet. The bedroom has a Queen-sized bed, several comfortable chairs, a writing desk, and plenty of space to place one's clothing. There is also a shady Ramada with table and chairs.
There is a park-like space behind Ranch Casita where one may sit in the shade and enjoy the forest. There is also a trail from this park-like area that leads to Ranch Casita's outdoor covered sleeping deck: this is a great place for amateur astronomers and stargazers. This sleeping deck has two twin-sized beds: if you wish to spend the night on the sleeping porch, we provide sleeping bags with liners.
Next to the main house, which is about 100 yards down the road and out of sight of Ranch Casita, there is an outdoor kitchen and grape arbor, which you are welcome to use. Our grape arbor and kitchen appeared in Martha Stewart's Living magazine (March 1996).
We have WiFi internet at the main ranch area. If you wish to check your email (with your your non-cellular mobile internet device, Wifi works at the sleeping deck, grape arbor, and community swim pond: you are welcome to bring a swim suit, picnic lunch, and spend the day relaxing at the pond. We supply iced tea and towels.
A hike through the canyon will reward the visitor with spectacular views of Northern New Mexico multicolored cliffs, Anasazi ruins, and ancient petroglyphs.
We are at 6,500 feet elevation, and the sunlight can be intense: sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended for hikers.
From Highway 84 to the locked gate at the only bridge on Rio Chama, it is an eight mile well-maintained dirt and gravel road. There is a sign just before the bridge that reads 'Gallina Canyon Ranch 8 Miles.' From that bridge, Casita is at the end of an eight-mile dirt road. If your vehicle has exceptionally low clearance, let us know and we will meet you at the bridge. (Examples: the Scion xB and the Mini Cooper.)
** Please email us about ranch policies, cancellation policy and waiver. **
Elizabeth and Andrew own perhaps the most beautiful ranch in New Mexico, deep in the Chama River Wilderness. They own two small casitas that they rent out to working writers who are seeking extreme remoteness, natural beauty, peace and quiet to work.
Attractions of the area include the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, the Continental Divide Trail, Echo Amphitheater, Ghost Ranch's paleontology museum, Abiquiu Lake where one may swim and fish, the Santo Tomas de Abiquiu Catholic Native American Indian Mission and the Dar al-Islam mosque at Abiquiu. One may take a one-hour tour of Ms. O'Keeffe's house in Abiquiu through the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation. There is also the Abiquiu Inn with a café and gift store. A day's outing may include lunch at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, a visit to the world-famous El Santuario de Chimayo, and a stop at the weaving shops of the Ortega and Trujillo families. Dar al-Islam is noteworthy for, among other things, the only vaulted ceiling made from adobe brick in the United States.
Gallina Canyon Ranch has been featured in many national and regional magazines, including New Mexico magazine, The Santa Fean, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, and Martha Stewart Living. A list of some of the magazines may be found on our main web site.
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My Standard Rate
Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay