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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.
Ranch Wilderness Casita is located within the only twenty mile long gated box canyon in the Chama Wilderness. The rental includes a large bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, living room, bath room, spacious deck with lounge chairs, barbecue, dining table, and chairs.
A lighted path leads from Casita to your private Sleeping Deck. It contains two full beds, pillows, chairs, small chest-of-drawers, table, telescope, and a 200-degree view of the canyon.
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) Two burner propane stove and dining and cooking utensils.
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) Please remove your shoes before entering Casita, you may wish to bring slippers.
o) Casita has an outdoor propane barbecue on the deck. We provide the propane.
o) When available, we will provide eggs and produce from our garden.
o) Our spring water is excellent for drinking (no need to bring water).
o) WiFi internet is available at Ranch Casita. WiFi also works at the sleeping deck 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 provide beach towels.
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) 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.
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) More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our More Images web page.
Casita is close to the Rio Chama: there you will find a table and chairs. One may fish for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
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) One or two adults 25 years old or older; exceptions are possible.
o) There will be no additional charge for extra nights in case heavy rain prevents you from leaving after your paid-for nights.
Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy: More than 60 days prior to check in: 100% refund. 60 days to 30: 100% minus $25 cancel fee. Less than 30 days of check in: no refund. Guests may change the reserve dates 60 days or more prior to check in.
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
The geology of Gallina Canyon is similar to Bryce National Park and Sedona AZ.
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the casita. It was exactly what we were looking for. A place away from it all where we could decompress and get back to nature. Northern New Mexico/Abiquiu area is just beautiful. Multicolored mesas, fresh air, countless stars. A heaven on Earth. Our only regret with our stay is that we did not stay long enough. With the hectic lifestyle most people like ourselves lead, it takes a day or two to unwind from that and start to feel the natural rhythms of nature and life. Our hosts, Elizabeth and Andrew as well as their groundskeeper David were perfect hosts. This is a working ranch. We had free reign of the ranch and the property. They would engage with us as little or as much as we wanted. Fresh eggs from their farm our whole visit. Wonderful place. Wonderful hosts. Will definitely be going back again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Notes||We require a signed waiver upon arrival. No cleaning fee or security deposit. Please check our availability calendar before emailing.|
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