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Ranch Casita Among Anasazi Ruins

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Last updated: 09/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Abiquiu cabin description

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.

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Twenty-five years old....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Due to all of our animals roaming freely on the ranch, we do not allow visiting pets....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          • Bedroom 1


          • Sleeping Porch


          • 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....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • 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). ...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Historic


              • Churches
              • Forests
              • Pond
              • Ruins

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain
              • Mountain View:

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

              • River
              • Water View:

                Ranch Casita is a leisurely one mile walk from Rio Chama. Located on the bank of the river we have placed a table and chairs for your use. ...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Swimming
              • Whitewater Rafting


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 2 people


              • Internet
              • 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....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

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

              • 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....moreless

              • Telescope
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Wireless Internet


              • Coffee Maker:

                French Press...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Chef-quality Revere Proline copper-bottom stainless steel pots and pans with lids; two non-stick frying pans. ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plates, bowls, eating utensils, drinking glasses, cocktail glasses, ice bucket, cutting board, knives. All common silverware and cooking utensils are provided....moreless

              • Freezer
              • Kitchen:

                Paper towels, napkins, Ziploc bags, foil / Saran Wrap. There is no oven in Casita. The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and various seasonings....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Refrigerator with top freezer and ice cube trays....moreless


              • Barbecue
              • 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....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Wood Deck

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Pool

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card


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                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Taxes Included


                      ** 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.

                      Cancellation policy:

                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                      Last updated: 09/29/2014
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                      135 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Albuquerque Air Port
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Blue Spruce Bar
                      85 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Santa Fe
                      16 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Highway 84 and Forest Service Road 151
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Abiquiu Inn
                      85 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      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%


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1977

                      About the owner: Andrew, Elizabeth, and David will be your hosts at Gallina Canyon Ranch. We purchased the ranch in 1977.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                      The geology of Gallina Canyon is similar to Bryce National Park and Sedona AZ.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Ranch Casita

                        Ranch Casita

                      • Ranch Casita's Living Room

                        Ranch Casita's Living Room

                      • Ranch Casita's Kitchen

                        Ranch Casita's Kitchen

                      • Ranch Casita's sleeping deck, with two beds and telescope.

                        Ranch Casita's sleeping deck, with two beds and telescope.

                      • Ranch Casita's swim pond

                        Ranch Casita's swim pond

                      • The grape arbor

                        The grape arbor

                      • Rio Chama

                        Rio Chama

                      • Satellite image of Gallina Canyon Ranch and all of the vacation rentals.

                        Satellite image of Gallina Canyon Ranch and all of the vacation rentals.

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • Ranch Casita's Bedroom

                        Ranch Casita's Bedroom

                      • View from the sleeping deck

                        View from the sleeping deck

                      • Community swim pond

                        Community swim pond

                      • A view of Rio Gallina

                        A view of Rio Gallina

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                      This listing was first published here in 2009.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

                      $133 per night (USD)

                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 2

                      View calendar: Updated 09/29/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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