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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Remote Wilderness Casita

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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New Mexico Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, Not Specified Baths, (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.

Remote Wilderness Casita is located within the only twenty mile long gated box canyon in the Chama Wilderness. The rental includes one large room with kitchen, dining area, and queen size bed. There is a large covered porch with two twin beds, BBQ, table, chairs.

The rental is located on the site of an early 1900s homestead and is one of three vacation rentals we have in the canyon, with Ranch Wilderness Casita and Anasazi Wilderness Glamping Cabin.

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) We provide fresh drinking water from our spring: two 5-gallon containers. There is also fresh rain water in the 1,600 gallon cistern.

o) A picturesque kitchen and dining area.

o) A three-burner propane stove.

o) A medium size refrigerator - freezer that makes ice.

o) Dish soap and paper towels.

o) French coffee press.

o) Kerosene lamp.

o) A large outside deck.

o) An outdoor wood-burning stove with firewood.

o) A propane barbecue grill.

o) A 4-gallon solar shower bag, liquid bath soap.

o) An outhouse, with toilet paper.

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

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

o) Technology-free vacation.

o) Perfect for writers, photographers, artists, and people who want to 'get away from the world for awhile.'

o) Ideal for hiking enthusiasts at all levels.

Due to the 14 crossings of Rio Gallina required to get to Remote Casita, we take all visitors regardless of what type of vehicle they have, and their provisions in our truck. We will return you to the main ranch and your vehicle at the end of your stay.

Remote Casita Policies:

o) We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before booking the rental. Link to our main web site is below.

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

o) No hunting.

o) Dogs are not allowed on the bed. Please let us know before you arrive that you are bringing a dog.

o) Please fry food outside only.

o) If possible, please arrive by 1:00 PM. Do not arrive after 5:00 PM.

o) Check-out time is 11 AM.

Other details:

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

o) The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tea, and various seasonings. Prior to your arrival you will wish to shop for all of your food, drink, and snacks for your entire stay.

o) You might wish to bring water shoes. It is possible for Rio Gallina to flash flood: do not attempt to cross in times of flooding.

o) You may wish to bring slippers to wear inside Remote Casita, as the floor is tiled. We also suggest that you bring head lamps if you want to read at night.

o) More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our More Images web page.

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
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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

Gallina Canyon is one of those "thin places" where all your false selves get stripped away and you recover what is truly authentic in yourself. The canyon offers:

magic (the song of elk bellowing their way up the stream at sunset and dropping an antler at river's bend);

wonder (a little arroyo opens into a large, cavernous space with purple walls and quartz growing out of the center);

mystery (a vortex of energy near some ancient kivas, unseen in spite of many searchings);

joy (ravens circling each other high overhead in a ritual of airborne mating);

surprise (a dandelion appears overnight after snow in the center of a cow pie);

danger (a violent thunderstorm explodes the middle of the night with lightening);

security (a fire in the woodstove cackles "All is well!" in spite of the wind buffeting the cabin), and;

the gift of time (the presence of the ancients who lived there centuries ago melds into pure leisure, reminding me that there is no more important work right now than being still and watching the light change over the sage bushes).

During my three week silence there, my old dog came into his second puppyhood, and I also became new. There we had everything we needed, and nothing was wasted. To those considering a sojourn there: Beware! You will be drawn into deep adventure!
Oct 2009
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Remote Wilderness Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Magical Place

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant cabin set in a beautiful and quiet canyon. Nature provided a spectacularly display of fall colors, crystal clear penetrating blue skies and billowing white clouds. The spectacular multicolored cliffs, diverse vegetation, and elevation changes provided great fall birding opportunities. The weather changed very quickly from clear skies to black threatening clouds, hail and lightning as we changed multiple times back and forth from shorts to down vests.The owners and David provided great service and the cabin has everything you need, just remember to bring proper clothing and rain gear if you are planning a long hike. Fresh heirloom vegetables from the ranch garden helped us create some great and creative meals. We highly recommend the cabin if you are seeking some quiet down time surrounded by natures beauty.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I (54 and 62 respectively) spent 3 glorious nights at the casita - would that it had been longer. The cabin is delightfully situated, intimate yet open, and very well appointed. There are queen beds inside and out - we slept out to see the stars. Our host, David (a delightful man), couldn't have been more welcoming. He took us around the garden, ate raspberries off the bush with us, provided eggs and vegetables, and gave us a thorough and storied orientation. We can't recommend this experience highly enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anniversary adventure

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a romantic low key place to celebrate our first year of marriage and the remote casita did not disappoint!! This place is magical. It's like we stepped away from the world for 3 nights- my only regret being that we didn't have more time. Elizabeth made sure we had everything we needed, the fresh produce they provided was delicious and the view from the front porch at any time of day is incredible. If you're looking to get back to the basics, escape the craziness of work and everyday life, this is the place to do it.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Catskill Mountains

Favorite place on the planet

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to write this, because I don't want a whole lot of people invading the area. For more than 30 years, my friends and I have backpacked all over the Jemez and the Chama area. One part we did not see was the Gallina Canyon because it is mostly private property. But now a couple of us have aged out of backpacking and when we found out that we could rent a casita in the canyon, we went for it. Perfect solitude, perfect beauty, and for former backpackers, luxurious accommodations. The eggs and veggies were a plus - and having a refrigerator allowed us to have real meals, not just trail food. There were so many places we wanted to hike to but we didn't have time, so we are planning to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our Remote Casita. It was a pleasure having you and your friends come visit us and find peace. That is why the Casita exists, for special people who really want total Wilderness in comfort. Thank you especially for leaving it so clean. We look forward to your next visit. If you would like to have more people join you we have Anasazi Cabin with a spring fed soaking tub. It can accommodate 8 easily. It is for families and groups. Thank you again. Elizabeth, Andrew and David
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  • 5 of 5

I have spent a lot of time exploring New Mexico, and this was probably the most beautiful spot I have ever visited. We spent several great days hiking in the backcountry without seeing another person anywhere, and enjoyed evenings sitting on the porch looking out over the canyon floor. The casita was great, it was very comfortable especially considering how remote the location is. Elizabeth and Andrew were also great hosts, props to Andrew for getting us across a ridiculously tough road on the way back. We had a great experience, will be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque, NM

Wouldn't miss it

  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 days with my daughter. Times we'll never forget!! "Makes my heart soar like a hawk" I like remote and this is remote.....but has everything needed and more.

Thanks Elizabeth, Andrew, and David. You're the best.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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There is a cattle trail that climbs 1,500 feet up to 8,000 foot Golondrino Mesa; this all-day hike is the trail that we use to move our cattle herd to their summer home up to the mesa. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers. There is a laminated topographic map of the canyon at this Casita.

Rio Gallina is spring-fed and offers many bank-side locations for picnicking. The river is seasonal, with dry spots and wet spots throughout the canyon.


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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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Base rate is for one or two people. Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. There is a $50 charge for any additional trip to Remote Casita other than taking you in and picking you up.

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New Mexico Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outhouse - toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size beds (1): Twin size beds (2).
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rock climbing

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