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.
Hot and cold running water from a pure fresh-water spring.
A bathroom, shower, and toilet.
A picturesque kitchen and dining area.
A beautiful bedroom with a Queen Size bed with linens.
A sunny, comfortable living room.
A medium-sized refrigerator and freezer.
A two-burner propane stove
A large outside deck.
A propane barbecue grill.
When available, we will provide eggs from our hens and produce from our garden.
French coffee press.
Our spring water is excellent for drinking (no need to bring water).
20 miles of peace, quiet, and privacy.
WiFi internet is available at Ranch Casita and the sleeping deck,
grape arbor, and community swim pond: we do not have TV or DVD. You are welcome
to bring a swim suit, picnic lunch, and spend the day relaxing at the pond.
The outdoor sleeping deck includes a Celestron AstroMaster 70 Telescope.
Ranch Casita Policies:
We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before reserving the rental.
Fires and smoking are prohibited in the canyon due to the extreme fire risk.
Loving your pets means visiting here without them; we do not allow pets at Ranch Casita.
Check-in time is 3 to 6 PM (unless given 24 hour prior notice)
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.
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.
The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and various seasonings. 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.
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 (such as many compact rental cars) we will meet you at the bridge and bring you in our truck to your Casita. (Example: Scion, Mini Cooper, Prius)
Please leave all gates as you find them.
Radios and cellular telephones do not work in the canyon.
If you plan on swimming, please bring a bathing suit. We will provide beach towels.
The ranch is a great place for amateur astronomers and stargazers: you may download a star map for the northern hemisphere to bring with you to the ranch.
Please remove your shoes before entering Casita, you may wish to bring slippers.
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.
For off-road hiking, long pants, hiking boots, river-crossing shoes, and insect repellent are recommended.
More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our More Images web page.
Images of Casita
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Upon their arrival, we share with guests the available produce from our organic garden: garlic,
onions, beets, eggplant, 3 kinds of tomatoes, carrots, tatume squash, chilies, green and red
romaine lettuce, spinard (half spinach and half chard) and (next year) sweet corn.
Guests who stay more than a week will receive another delivered of produce.
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
There is also a shady "Ramada" with a table and chairs.
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-size beds, six pillows, two chairs, two small chest-of-drawers, a table, and a telescope.
Bottled water is also provided at the sleeping deck.
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. 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.
The Magic Garden
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,
and enjoy the gardens.
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.
On occasion there might be a cow staying in the corral near Casita.
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.
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%
To pay a different amount than above you may use this button below. When the PayPal page loads, type in the dollar amount in the "Unit Price" box, then hit the "Update Totals" button. You can then select the "Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Continue" link to pay using a credit card.
Due to the remoteness of the ranch, we will use our secure online credit card system to pay the balance of your bill. You may also pay the balance with cash or Travelers' Cheques.
Casita is rented from April 1st. to October 31st.
One or two adults 25 years old or older; exceptions are possible.
We require a signed waiver from each person, which we will give to you to sign when you arrive.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
We update our dates available calendars every morning.
Abiquiu Chamber Music. We believe that we now
have one of the most unique chamber music offerings anywhere in the
country as well as in NM. Last season, we were entirely SOLD OUT, so
please get your tickets early this year. Seating is limited in order
to preserve the uniqueness of the ambiance and intimacy of the chamber
music experience. Last year's ACMF welcomed guests from 20 other
states and six foreign countries. Please join us.
Fennboree is a meeting for people looking for Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure chest, May 16th and 17th, 2014.