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Ranch Casita Among Anasazi Ruins in Abiquiu

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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. **

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cabin rental amenities

Linens Provided : 100% cotton sheets, down comforter with duvet cover, hypoallergenic pillows, Memory Foam pillows, extra blankets, sheets, and pillow cases. Also bath towels, wash cloths, large beach towels.

There is plenty of space to park right in front of Casita, just a few feet from the large deck.

The sleeping deck has two twin beds, with two night stands with drawers, table and chairs. The provided wedge pillows allow guests to sit up in bed and take in the spectacular 200-degree-wide view of the magnificent canyon walls. The sleeping deck includes a Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope.

Our Queen-size bed is accessible from both sides; night stands are next to the bed.

Full Kitchen : Paper towels, napkins, Ziploc bags, foil / Saran Wrap, French coffee press, hand coffee bean grinder, stove top bread toaster, two burner propane stove, plates, bowls, eating utensils, drinking glasses, cocktail glasses, ice bucket, cutting board, chopping knives. There is no oven in Casita. The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and various seasonings.

Cooking Utensils : Chef-quality Revere Proline copper-bottom stainless steel pots and pans with lids; two non-stick frying pans. All common silverware and cooking utensils are provided.

Refrigerator : Refrigerator with top freezer and ice cube trays. A glass carafe is also inside the refrigerator to hold drinking water from our Artesian spring.

Deck/Patio : Includes outdoor table and chairs, two lounge chairs, umbrella, outside cabinet for rain gear, and a convenient bench to sit when taking off shoes.

Weber propane BBQ with utensils on Casita's deck.

Mountain View : Gallina Canyon Ranch is like a private Bryce Canyon, or like Sedona, Arizona. Stunning 2,000 foot tall red sandstone cliffs throughout a 20 mile long canyon populated with Ponderosa Pines, Pinion Pines and Cedars.

Water View : Casita is a leasurly one mile walk from Rio Chama. Located on the bank of the river we have placed a table and chairs for your use.

Wireless Broadband : Limited internet at the ranch is available via our satellite dish. Due to limited range, WiFi is not directly available inside Casita, but may be accessed at the grape arbor, outside kitchen, swimming pond, and sleeping deck.

Telephone : Cellular telephones do not work in the canyon. Guests who need to make important phone calls can arrange with us to drive you a short distance out of the canyon to use our special telephone.

activities and attractions in Abiquiu New Mexico

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.

vacation rental rates

Book 7 nights, pay for 6 (1 night free). 6.5% sales tax is already added to rates above. We accept Credit Card payments via PayPal. The entire rental fee is due at the time of booking. ** We require a signed waiver upon arrival. ** No cleaning fee or security deposit. Please check our availability calendar before emailing.

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Most relaxing weekend

Review submitted: August 12, 2014   Date of arrival: July 26, 2014

Can just one weekend be a life changing experience? It can be when spent at Gallina Canyon Ranch at the Ranch Casita. Andrew and Elizabeth are so generous to open their little slice of heaven to the rest of the world. This place is genuinely a relaxing getaway in it's truest form.
I took my teenage son for a weekend father/son trip and we were rewarded beyond our expectations at this wonderful location.
Other reviewers have described the particular details about the accommodations, which are wonderful, but I want to emphasize the renewing spirit embodied at this location.
All too often 'vacation' means crowded campgrounds, traffic, and high costs for activities that are quickly forgotten. Ranch Casita is the antithesis of that sort of vacation. It is remote, quiet and an immense value for the experience.
15 miles from pavement and light years away from the cares and troubles of the world. My son and I will return, many times, as I have found 'my spot'! The place I will go when I need to hit the reset button.
Again, Andrew and Elizabeth, thank you for your generosity. This was truly a wonderful experience.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Fantastic and unique place to stay

Review submitted: July 13, 2014   Date of arrival: June 29, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at the Ranch Casita for 3 nights with our 5 yr old daughter. It was so great to get her out of the big city and to give her a feel for what it's like to "live off the grid." She got to ride a horse, see chickens, and see how vegetables are grown .... and imagine the cows who were staying up on the mesa. Some other highlights included wading into the Chama River with her to plop ourselves in the beautiful cool water in the midst of the amazing colorful cliffs and awesome birds flying around. The river is nice and gentle enough so you can sink your chair right in and sit waist-high in the cool water and take in the sights and sounds. We also loved being able to cool our heels in the "shark tank." Elizabeth also has an amazing, kind of "old school" playground available for children with swings, see-saw, jungle gym, and climbing bars. It was like a paradise for little kids! The Ranch Casita was great to stay in - it is cozy and warm and relaxing. Very comfortably furnished for reading and lounging around. And we loved the big swing on the front porch. We didn't make it to the sleeping porch this visit but we look forward to it the next time! Elizabeth and Andrew are fabulous hosts and so much fun to hang out with. Only wish our stay was longer.

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Truly, unbelievably fantastic

Review submitted: May 13, 2014   Date of arrival: May 10, 2014

I have spent time on many ranches in the Southwest. This ranch is the most beautiful I have ever seen. I don't say that lightly. It is surrounded by a wilderness area in an incredibly lovely, unspoiled and remote canyon with spectacular glowing red and yellow and white rock formations, soaring bluffs and mesas. A gurgling stream flows through a cool grove of green, rustling cottonwood trees, with eagles circling overhead, elk (sometimes) wandering around, and other wildlife abounding. There are amazing prehistoric Anasazi Indian ruined towers dotting the crags above. There is good hiking all around, including some pretty challenging hikes up side canyons to visit the ruins -- for serious hikers only. There are also gentle hikes on the canyon floor. The casita itself is in a quiet area removed from the ranch house. It is spotless and cozy, with paintings on the walls and Navajo rugs on the floor. This is a very remote place and you really feel all of the cares and worries of your life just falling away. We were concerned about the lack of internet and cellphone access until we actually experienced it, and then we were glad of the silence and lack of news from the outside world. The couple who run it couldn't be nicer. The whole place reminded me of the line from the poem by Yeats', The Lake Isle of Innisfree, -- "And peace comes dropping slow." This place will change you.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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