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WILDERNESS RANCH CASITA

Elizabeth

Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Elizabeth

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2014
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WILDERNESS RANCH CASITA

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Abiquiu Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Our Days Available calendars are updated every morning. Please check our main website (links are above the 'Photos' section below) for more details and images of our three beautiful and unique vacation rentals.

This rustic casita resides deep within the heart of the Chama Wilderness (the only privately-owned property in the area). Ranch Casita, located on the site of an early 1900s homestead, is one of three vacation rentals we have in the canyon, with Anasazi Ruin Family Camp (exclusively designed for children and dogs) one mile away, and Remote Casita four miles away.

Our 8 mile road is NOT COMPACT car friendly. Please do not bring a compact car.

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.

o) Hot and cold running water from a pure fresh-water spring.

o) A bathroom, shower, and toilet.

o) A picturesque kitchen and dining area.

o) A beautiful bedroom with a Queen Size bed with linens.

o) A sunny, comfortable living room.

o) A medium-sized refrigerator and freezer.

o) Low-voltage lighting.

o) A large outside deck.

o) A propane barbecue grill.

o) When available, we will provide eggs from our hens and produce from our garden.

o) Our spring water is excellent for drinking (no need to bring water).

o) 20 miles of peace, quiet, and privacy.

o) WiFi internet is available at Ranch Casita. WiFi also works at the sleeping deck, grape arbor, and community swim pond.

o) You are welcome to bring a swim suit, picnic lunch, and spend the day relaxing at the community pond. We will supply iced tea and towels for your use.

o) The outdoor sleeping deck includes a Celestron AstroMaster 70 Telescope.

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 non-smelling composting toilet.

The full kitchen includes a medium size refrigerator - freezer, three-burner propane stove, cold water, and dining and cooking utensils. The kitchen and dining area are next to each other.

The bedroom has a Queen-sized bed, several comfortable chairs, a writing desk, and plenty of space to place one's clothing.

There is a park-like space behind Casita where one may sit in the shade and enjoy the forest. A lighted path leads from this area to Casita's private Sleeping Deck. The sleeping deck is yours to use exclusively. It contains two full beds, six pillows, two chairs, two small chest-of-drawers, and a table.

There is also a shady 'Ramada' with a table and chairs.

One may cool off during the hot summer days by jumping into the spring-fed community swimming pond. The pond is next to a wisteria arbor for shade, and there is a small refrigerator nearby where you may keep your drinks cold. There is also a cold-water shower at the pond. Evenings at the pond bring bats, mud swallows, and the call of frogs. You may also enjoy using our two inflatable kayaks to paddle around the pond.

There is a shady grape arbor near the main house, a short distance down the road from Casita. Here you may eat, read a book, enjoy the gardens, and access Internet via WiFi.

Casita has an outdoor propane barbecue on the deck. We provide the propane, and also assorted BBQ tools such as a barbecue fork and wire brush.

Casita is close to Rio Chama: there are plastic chairs at the river you may use, in the river if you wish. There is also a low table at the river with the chairs. One may fish for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in the Rio Chama.

Ranch Casita Policies:

o) We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before reserving the rental.

o) Fires and smoking are prohibited in the canyon due to the extreme fire risk.

o) Loving your pets means visiting here without them; we do not allow pets at Ranch Casita.

o) No hunting.

o) Check-in time is 3 to 6 PM (unless given 24 hour prior notice)

o) Check-out time is 11 AM.

o) This is a hard-working cattle ranch. You may encounter cows, calves, horses, chickens and wild turkeys, elk and deer during your stay; they will peacefully ignore you if you peacefully ignore them.

o) Allergens such as milk weed, horse hair, sage, etc., are common throughout New Mexico. If you have allergies, please bring your allergy medication when you visit.

The nearest medical services (hospital and doctors) are three hours away.

o) Prior to your arrival you will wish to shop for all of your food, drink, and snacks for your entire stay. The nearest store is 35 miles away.

o) Our rental Casitas are the only rentals within 20 miles of the Chama Wilderness. From Highway 84 you turn on to FS Road 151. Eight miles down the road is the bridge you will open and cross. Our ranch is another 8 miles from the bridge. If your vehicle has exceptionally low clearance we will meet you at the bridge and bring you in our truck to your Casita. (Example: Scion, Mini Cooper, Prius)

o) Please leave all gates as you find them.

o) Radios and cellular telephones do not work in the canyon.

o) If you plan on swimming, please bring a bathing suit. We will provide beach towels.

o) The ranch is a great place for amateur astronomers and stargazers: from our main website you may download a star map for the northern hemisphere to bring with you to the ranch.

o) Please remove your shoes before entering Casita, you may wish to bring slippers.

o) Ranch Casita gets its electricity from the sun. During your stay you will find it necessary to avoid long showers, or using all of the lights at the same time.

o) For off-road hiking, long pants, hiking boots, river-crossing shoes, and insect repellent are recommended.

o) A topographic map of the canyon may be downloaded from our main website (link is below).

o) More images of the ranch are on our website.

On occasion there might be a cow staying in the corral near Casita.

A hike through the canyon will reward the visitor with spectacular views of Northern New Mexico geology, wild flowers, and wildlife. Rio Gallina is a seasonal river: there are no fish in the river.

Cerulean skies and wooly white clouds are the norm most days of the year. We are at 6,515 feet elevation, and the sunlight can be intense: sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended for hikers, as are sturdy hiking boots and river-crossing shoes. Usually the days are warm and the nights are cool.

** See the waiver, cancellation policy, and ranch policies on our main website linked below. We require a signed waiver upon arrival: please read the waiver before booking the rental. **

Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy is based upon the number of days between when you cancel and your scheduled arrival date:

30 days or more: 100%; From 29 days to 8 days: 50%; Less than 8 days: 0%. If you paid using Paypal and then cancel, we will pay the Paypal transaction fee.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elizabeth (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew is from Grand Rapids Michigan. In 1977 we bought the homestead complete with cows. We grew specialty organic produce for restaurants in Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque for fifteen years.

David is from the Los Angeles area. He came to the ranch in 2002. He is our caretaker, and webmaster.

The ranch is featured in many magazines, such as Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, Gourmet, Saveur, Country Home, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Horticulture, Countryside, Country Living Gardener, Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Rocky Mountain Gardening, New Mexico, The Santa Fean, Santa Fe Reporter, The Good Cook, Exotic Beans, Southwest Passages, Fine Cooking, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.

One of us will check you in and out. If you need anything during your stay, feel free to ask any one of us.

Elizabeth purchased this cabin in 1977

What makes this cabin unique

The geology of Gallina Canyon is similar to Bryce National Park and Sedona AZ.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Aug 2011
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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 38 traveler reviews

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Wilderness Ranch Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
San Antonio, Texas
5

Getting away from everything

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent three days at the Casita. Coming from Texas, it was such a relief getting away from the heat! Our stay could not of been more relaxing. It seems all of your worries and stressors just float away. The ranch is beautiful and the Casita was very comfortable. Elizabeth and Andrew put a lot of hard work into the ranch. Their attention to detail really added to our comfort. We spent every afternoon relaxing on the sleeping porch enjoying the cool breeze and wonderful views. We really appreciated all of the fresh vegetables and my husband is still talking about the fresh eggs. All in all, it was a great experience.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE
5

Most relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
Palo Alto, California USA
5

Fantastic and unique place to stay

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
5

Truly, unbelievably fantastic

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
Colorado
5

Delightfully rustic getaway, in a gourmet way!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a lovely stay at the Ranch Casita. Our intent was to hike the amazing surrounding mesa top in search of the Anasazi Ruins, which we did locate. It was a fascinating adventure. To top that, given our interest in gourmet food, we were delighted to learn that the owner of the ranch, Elizabeth Berry, is herself a cookbook author, and instrumental in making available to the public a vast assortment of heretofore unknown beans. We were supplied with organic wine and fresh eggs from their own chickens by our gracious hosts. This ranch is a place even Martha Stewart would have on her list of places to visit ... and indeed she has! We'll be back ...
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Wilderness Ranch Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p258403vb
-(505) 490-3333 (New Mexico, USA)
Abiquiu New Mexico
Austin
5

Beautiful. Remote. Simple.

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the remote casita in august- with our two dogs. It was the best place I've ever stayed in my life. It is 4 miles from the remote Gallina ranch. You usually get there by the owners' pickup, but it had rained heavily and we had to go in by horse. No electricity, no cell phone reception. You don't see anyone until they come back to collect you. It is a one-room cabin, with a queen-sized bed and a twin daybed on the porch. (We had our 12-year-old daughter with us. This really is a 2-person place, and we discussed this with the owners. We were willing to use the daybed--it is chilly at night, but the stars are amazing.) There is a gas stovetop inside and a gas grill outside, gas fridge, kerosene lamp, solar bag shower, outhouse. (The other review here for the ranch casita is less rustic, I think, and at the ranch. I didn't see it, but I'm sure it is nice. There is also a popup trailer site.) The little casita is so lovely. The road to the ranch is rough--they can pick you up at the river if you want (it was tricky after rain in a Prius, but we made it). It is in a beautiful canyon, with amazing views and hikes all around. We swam in the river and climbed into little caves. Andrew, Elizabeth and David were wonderful hosts. Beautiful. Remote. Simple. Really, if you like remote, this is perfect.
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
135 Miles
Albuquerque Air Port
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Blue Spruce Bar
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Highway 84 and Forest Service Road 151
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Abiquiu Inn
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Santa Fe
Car: necessary

Ranch Casita is two miles from Rio Chama; you may wish to bring your own kayak or canoe. Our website includes many more pictures, our rate sheet, and directions on how to get to the ranch. The rate sheet includes 'PayPal' buttons for making a reservation, but please email us first to confirm the nights you desire are available.

Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy is based upon the number of days between when you cancel and your scheduled arrival date:

30 days or more: 100%; From 29 days to 8 days: 50%; Less than 8 days: 0%

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $133 Per night

Abiquiu Cabin Rental Rates

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Notes ** We require a signed waiver upon arrival. ** No cleaning fee or security deposit. Please check our availability calendar before emailing. There will be no additional charge for extra nights in case heavy rain prevents you from leaving after your paid-for nights.

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Amenities

Amenities

Abiquiu Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Our Queen-size bed is accessible from both sides; night stands are next to the bed. The sleeping deck has two full 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. WiFi internet works in the casita and at the sleeping deck. We provide bottled water at the sleeping deck.
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Solar powered lighting. When our fruits and vegetables are in season, we will pick and wash a basket of produce from our one-acre organic garden for you, every morning. The sleeping deck has a Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope, with Starfinder scope and two eye pieces (45X and 90X).

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