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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Wilderness Ranch Casita

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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New Mexico 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.

NEW FOR 2016: RANCH/SANTA FE Rent Ranch Casita for one week, included is the use of our downtown east-side PIED A TERRE during that week; come and go as you please between rentals. $990 for the week (1 or 2 people), taxes included; additional $25 per person per night up to four people. See link below to our main web site for details.

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. We also suggest that you bring head lamps if you want to read at night

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.

o) 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 before 6 PM (unless given 24 hour prior notice)

o) Check-out time is 11 AM.

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.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elizabeth (Owner)
Member 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

Nancy and I stayed in the Wilderness Casita for several days in June 2009. People aren't kidding when they say New Mexico is a powerful place, the "Land of Enchantment". Well, this goes doubly for the Gallina Canyon Ranch. After arriving, we promptly fell dead asleep for 3 hours, then awoke to the magical late afternoon light in the canyon. I spent the next 10 hours on the front deck laying on the comfortable lounge gazing at the sunset on the cliffs, then the transition to night with countless stars above. During the next couple days we explored. First, a hike down the canyon, fording the beautiful Chama River for a visit to the Christ in the Desert Monastery.

Next, we hiked up the enchanting Gallina Canyon, easily crossing the Gallina River 14 times to the Wilderness Jacal (this would be a great place to stay!). Beyond lay more canyon, the mesa, ruins, and more, but our time was limited. Elizabeth and Andrew were quite thoughtful and stopped by to offer us a ride back down the valley. They are good folk- they leave you alone (this place is quiet!), are ready to give assistance when needed, are informative and easy-going: the perfect hosts. If you are flexible and like a little adventure in your vacation, this is definitely the place to visit. Just don't book it when we want to return!
Oct 2009
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Wilderness Ranch Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
Albuquerque, NM

We plan on spending more time in that magical spot

  • 5 of 5

Wow. We can not recommend a stay at Gallina Canyon Ranch enough. If you're dreaming of a peaceful retreat in which you can just simply soak up the beauty of the Earth, then this is your place. My husband and I stayed at the Wilderness Ranch Casita for two nights and found it to be a comfortable refuge after a long day of hiking the property. We ate our meals on the porch-with-a-view and chuckled at the begging kitties. The kitchen was fully-stocked with everything we could need. Fabulous tasting water and no problems with the hot water in the shower. The composting toilet will surely be a new experience to most but we both agreed that it was easy and amazingly 100% odor-free.

My favorite part of the home was the beautiful artwork and great library to peruse. Oh and the sleeping deck! Sadly, we were too tired at night to even make our way up there but SO did enjoy having our morning coffee there amongst the hundreds of curious hummingbirds. When we return (& we will be returning), we plan on spending more time in that magical spot.

We hiked into the Anasazi cabin and rested there a bit in its cool hammock. We thought it would be a great place to stay.... more like glamping than the casita. The outdoor shower there is ridiculously cool with its unbelievable views. And a fun swimming spot is right at that site, as well. We continued on hiking and made it all the way to the Remote Cabin 4 miles in, crossing the Gallina riverbed 13 times. But before reaching that, we found flags that led off-trail to fascinating petroglyphs carved into the canyon wall. To see them up close & personal, and to feel like we'd discovered them ourselves was one of my favorite memories from that day.

The Remote Cabin looks like something out of a movie. Truly remote & would be a wonderful place to completely relax, rest, and ponder life for a while. I want to mention the drive into the ranch. It indeed took us over an hour to travel the 15-16 miles back. While absolutely breathtaking and an adventure indeed, it can be sketchy (narrow, rocky or rutted) in places. We were certainly thankful that the road was nice & dry for us.

I do know that David / Andrew will come pick you up if the conditions for driving are too dangerous for the type of car you're driving. We were in a small convertible and besides some awful-sounding times when rocks would bash against the underside, the drive was fine. Also, bring all the groceries you'll need because I promise you will not want to drive out

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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So Happy to have found this place

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a wonderful weekend at the casita and we four happy travelers found the place unique and beautiful, opportunities for hiking and views excellent, the accommodations clean, comfortable and thoughtfully provisioned including a useful kitchen and beautiful deck for grilling. David gave us a good overview when we arrived. We found the fridge stocked with fresh eggs and beautiful lettuces and squash, Andrew brought us even more fresh produce from the garden and gave directions to some petroglyphs and the "beach" along the Chama River the next morning. We enjoyed the sleeping porch and exploring the area as well as the opportunity to chat with Andrew and Elizabeth about their work and the ranch. Clearly a labor of love and we felt honored to get to visit. Thank you Elizabeth, Andrew and David! We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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I can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

I can't rave enough about this beautiful place! It felt like home immediately and I'm definitely homesick already! Andrew met us with a delightful ball of gamboling puppies and showed us all 'round the ins and outs of the Casita. They'd already put fresh eggs from their chickens (hands down the most golden yolks I've ever seen - and I have friends who raise chickens in Austin), as well as fresh picked squash. Andrew asked us if we liked salads and when we said yes, he showed up a little later with 2 heads of red and 2 heads of romaine from their garden. What a treat and we felt so spoiled!

The casita is an old adobe that's been added on to which runs on solar power, with a composting toilet. The water is sweet and delicious, from their spring - a real treat since the last time I had "real" water was when my parents had land in the foothills of Colorado in the 70s/80s. The house is sweet, cozy, and comfy, and fabulous for those who deeply appreciate rustic charm. The views from the casita's deck and the sleeping deck offered a never-ending light show as the sun moved across the sky. Could've stayed there forever watching! At night, it's absolute quiet and absolutely dark, just the way I like it - and rarely experienced. During the day, you hear the happy, bustling sounds of the farm below you. We regret that neither we or Elizabeth and Andrew had the time to connect and trade stories. Next time! We took our time (about an hour) driving in the 16 or so miles from Highway 84 because recent torrential rains have left the roads a bit ragged. But that was not a bad thing: it gave us time to thoroughly soak in the Chama Canyon Wilderness on the way.

Make certain you've stocked up on any supplies you need: there's no "corner store" to pop over to! :-) All I can think about is that I can't wait to return for a much longer period next time. I'd love to try out their remote retreat as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Trinidad, Colorado

Second Visit was SPECTACULAR!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to the remote casita. We came in for our tenth anniversary, and returned this year for our 13th. This year was amazing, because NM had a record breaking year for rain. Everything was lush and green, and the Gallina river was running high. We found a bottle of wine and a bottle of champagne waiting for us int he frig, and Elizabeth gave us garden produce and farm fresh eggs to supplement our steaks. We hiked, napped on the porch beds, saw a glorious sunset, painted and drew, found some petroglyphs on the canyon walls not far from the casita. The seclusion and the bird song, the soft breeze and the smell of fresh sage were restorative and romantic. Our two border collies were in heaven, too.

Thanks so much, Elizabeth, Andrew and Dave, for offering this spot on the planet for people to experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Bend, WA, United States

Retreat of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

A gigantic smile comes to my face when I think of our time at the Casita. Everything about it was perfect, even the composting toilet. The house felt just like home away from home-- cozy, well-stocked, with delightful surprises here and there: a variety of toiletries for every need, good books on the shelves, gorgeous original paintings on the walls… even a bottle of wine waiting for us in the fridge along with trays of ice ready to go in the freezer. We experienced what some might consider the simple pleasures of life, which, it turns out, are the grandest: being wakened by an inquisitive hummingbird buzzing my face; watching a spectacular lightning storm from the open air sleeping loft, coming upon abandoned antlers on the hills around the valley; scrambling and exploring, surprised by an afternoon hailstorm; the pleasure of just sitting on the deck swing, enjoying spectacular views and the constant whirr of hummingbirds. A big thank you to Elizabeth and Andrew, our hosts. I forgot a library book at the casita, which she sent to me in the mail right away. That is no small feat, considering the post office is quite a ways away! If you are looking for something remote, a bit adventurous, and memorable in every good way, this is a wonderful place to visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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West Chester, PA

The journey there is half the fun

  • 5 of 5

The drive to the ranch is breathtakingly beautiful, and you arrive to a true haven of serene beauty. If I sound as though I am waxing a little too rhapsodic, I assure you I am not!

Although the casita is off-grid, you have everything you could ask for. This is more than "glamping", but still rustic. I slept wonderfully in the bed, and enjoyed cooking in the kitchen.

The sleeping deck... this is something I have always dreamed of - to be able to sleep comfortably and safely in the fresh clean open air, with a dramatic view on all sides.

A wonderful wonderful getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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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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We require a signed waiver upon arrival. No cleaning fee or security deposit. Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Base rate is for one or two people.

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New Mexico Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Our Queen-size bed is accessible from both sides; night stands are next to the bed. The provided wedge pillows allow guests to sit up in bed and take in the spectacular 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.
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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
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.

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