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Wilderness Ranch Casita

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

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) Living room couch folds out to make a bed.

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 5 PM (unless given 24 hour prior notice). Ranch Casita closed for check in at 5 pm do not arrive after this time.

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

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

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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United States Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • 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
  • Convertable couch - 1 queen , The living room couch converts into a Queen size bed.
  • 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.
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 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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Wilderness Ranch Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

Isolated beauty and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect. The beauty and solitude of the canyon was stunning. We rode and hiked for miles without seeing another sole (other than the hosts:-). The cabin had everything we needed and then some. It was clean, functional and very comfortable. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

You Won't Find a Better Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was my third visit to the Wilderness Casita and I know I'll be back as soon as I'm able. It is one of the most beautiful places I've been--a place of great ever-changing beauty and sacred silence. Not having internet or phone access meant a kind of concentration nearly impossible in the outside world (an incredible gift for any artist or writer). But all this isolation is experienced in the supreme comfort of this well-appointed cabin.

The owners, Elizabeth and Andrew, are incredible, welcoming people, happy to help you with anything you need. And David, the very capable ranch manager, is a fun and capable guide to the wonders of the canyon.

If you're ready for some time truly to yourself, this is absolutely the place for you.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing! Beautiful! Stunning canyon.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Gallina Canyon. We slept under the stars on the sleeping porch every night. Our two young sons loved it -- the stars, the night sky, the gentle sounds of nearby wildlife, the humming birds. The porch was plenty large enough for all four of us. We did wake early though, with the roosters and the sun rising over the canyon.

Elizabeth was wonderful. Very welcoming and responsive, my only disappointment was that we didn't actually get to meet, which is a shame because she sounded like an amazing woman, with some great stories to tell having lived at this isolated ranch for decades. When I told her that my youngest would be spending his fifth birthday there she arranged to get a birthday cake! And a little present for both him and his brother.

The casita is beautiful - much more so than the photos. It's a cute cottage that was originally built more than a century ago. It is rustic - there is an indoor composting toilet, but the outhouse was more appealing. There are solar lights, but you'll need flashlights. The fridge is propane. There is wifi, so you're not completely unplugged, but it's limited to email only.

The kids also loved the swimming hole and splashing around in the Rio Chama. We hiked in the canyon. It was well worth the dusty drive from the nearest paved road. We'd love to go back some day.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM

Away from it all with style

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay! I loved the casita, it provided everything I needed and more. Truly a wonderful 'away from it all' stay. The cliffs are spectacular and when it rains, like during the monsoon season, you can spot and hear 2 wonderful waterfalls. That was an amazing site. This cabin also has a sleeping deck where I spent my time with coffee and books.

Andrew, Elizabeth and David are amazing! I will be back again and again - I love the ranch!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Awesome place to recharge your batteries!

  • 5 of 5

This casita is the ideal place to get away from it all! It is an off-the-grid yet extremely cozy and comfortable place where you are immersed in nature. Make sure to bring provisions with you because once you settle in, chances are you won't want to leave until it's time to go!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tomball, TX

***** Off the Grid Experience *****

  • 5 of 5

Spending 5 days in the Casita cabin was an unforgettable experience. The coziness. The night skies. The secluded canyon location was exactly what we wanted. We were blessed with cool days and nights; clear skies and beautiful weather. The cabin was everything we expected, but the ranch was so much more. Hiking immediately behind the cabin in the national forest ~ hiking in the creek that flows into the Rio Chama ~ hiking up the cliffs with Tristan & Sushi (their 2 dogs) was the best hike ever. Elizabeth, Andrew and David's hospitality and graciousness was more than we could ask for. The cabin was well appointed and clean. Bedding soft and comfy.

The love of their life on the ranch was evident in everything we experienced. We hated to leave, but knew we would be back in the springtime to experience the Wilderness Casita, located 4 miles further into the ranch. David took us to the cabin and we knew it would be the right place for our next visit. Unplugged. Off the grid. Solitude and God's country. Thank you so much for sharing your little part of Heaven on Earth.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35

For the month of April we require a five-night minimum stay. This reverts to a 2 night minimum in May. 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. Ranch Casita closed for check in at 5 pm do not arrive after this time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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