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1 - 2013

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Unplug Heaven

From all my years of discovering hide-a-way places Iíve never found one like this.

Located in the high desert about 75 miles Northwest of Santa Fe itís a unique sanctuary. A haven for serious solitude, rustic retreat, and outdoor exploring.

You get some clues before you arrive ó 16 miles of gravel road in, 2 gates, no cell phone service ó in other words, you will not be staying at a Holiday Inn. Instead, you find a welcoming casita, friendly caretakers, and a majestic setting.

If youíre alone, it offers a time and place to reflect, restore, and consider your path. If youíre with someone, itís a rare opportunity to share untouched time and strengthen your relationship. Most of all, itís a place to escape the craziness of our constant connections. Itís unplug heaven.

The Casita welcomes you with ďCome on in, make yourself at home, and stay a while.Ē Itís unpretentious but warm, functional but with its own Southwestern personality. Thereís all you need ó kitchen with tools, dinning table, very comfy bed, and a living area large enough to stretch.

The outside deck is a great place for an early morning breakout or a leisurely evening dinner. Lounge chairs, wait in the shade of trees, offering a place to read or laze.

A short hike up the trail surprises you with an open, outdoor sleeping enclave. Overlooking the valley below, with its surrounding barns and outhouses, it faces the splendor of the red rock canyon walls across the way. A magical place for an overnight stay or to view an awaking day or the sparkle of the stars appearing on the night canvas.

Andrew, Elizabeth, and David are respectful of your privacy but always available if you need them. Come for few days or settle in for a few weeks. You will find it an immeasurable pleasure.

Ray Bard
Austin, Texas
June 2013

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Ray Bard

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Austin

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2 - 2012

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My husband and I just got back from our trip to Ranch Casita and there are really no words to explain how magical this place is! Stunning views of the mesa, incredible opportunities to view wildlife, and just an extraordinary peace and quiet in the canyon! The owners of the place were wonderful too and we felt completely welcome there. I emailed them a bunch of questions leading up to the trip and they were quick to respond and very helpful. The Ranch Casita provided everything we could've wanted - we love to cook and had everything we needed, including a nice Weber grill that we used a lot and a full set of herbs, cookware etc that we could use. The listing was very accurate. My husband and i spent a lot of time just exploring different parts of the canyon - and no part of it disappointed! We were there to see the fall colors, which were just beautiful - adding a beautiful yellow glow to the canyon. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and intend to return in the spring to see the wildflowers in bloom. Can't wait to get back there!

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Lisa

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New Haven, CT, USA

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3 - 2012

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Your spot on this earth is one place i have emblazoned in my memory bank..... sacred still doesn't come near to it..... again, thank you so.

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Adrienne Taylor

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4 - 2012

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Have been coming to Northern NM since I was a kid and seen many spots. This place is the best! Everything was as good and better than described. There is no place like it. We stayed at the casita which is very comfortable and outfitted with everything you need. The sleeping deck is situated in a great spot and an added space for enjoying the place. Lots of nice spots to walk to and good swimming in the pond. It is a garden in the desert that reflects years of creative hand made efforts to sustain a way of life. Our stay was short and we hope to return to explore and know it better. You can walk, hike, relax, read, paint and clear your mind. Bring all the food the and supplies you will need for your stay because it is a long way back to get anything you forgot. But that is what makes the place so great, too.

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Steven Schiff

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5 - 2012

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Dear Andrew and Elizabeth,

Sadly I am leaving the canyon before you return on Sunday. Not because I wanted to go but rather because I want the time when I get home to hold the quiet and the grace of this place with me --- not to rush back in to a harried existence. Staying an extra day would be an opportunity of one kind, but taking it would mean missing an opportunity of another --- the chance to manifest this calm in the places where I really need it.

As I write, Iím sitting at the table in Casita, surrounded by candle light, contemplating all of the beautiful spaces that you welcomed us in to. Your stories of the ranch, the canyon, its history, your history, and all of the objects that have found their home here have become a part of our story here as well. I donít need to tell you how special the canyon is, but I do want you to know how special it is for me to have been able to spend this time here, to know you, and David, and the dogs (particularly Chica, as she was our companion / guide on our epic stormy hike). We never did make it to any of the ruins, despite our best attempts, but instead the canyon offered up hawkís wings; the smells of settled Earth and sage; roosters crying to the stars; rain on tin roofs; ancient trees; and views filled with amber, green, water falls, and welcoming walls.

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Rebekah

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6 - 2012

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This ranch casita is 16 miles into the land traveling on a dirt road that follows the Chama River. It is equipped with the necessary essentials for living frugally and supports an Earth friendly, solar energy, organic way of life. Everything is HAPPY here! The mesa smiles each morning! The vegetables and flowers are beautiful, the dogs, goats, chickens, horses, dogs, and hummingbirds are all full of JOY! The owners and care taker work very hard as they embrace the beauty that surrounds them. I felt overwhelmed with gratitude that they share such a sacred place with others. My heart is full. Next time, I'll be camping in that outdoor bedroom for a month! :)

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Yatma

Location:

Astin, Texas

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7 - 2012

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Hi guys,

Again, thanks so much just for being. It's hard for us to leave this beautiful environment but we must do it in order to be able to worship it even more. One must leave in order to be able to come back. If we would stay, there is no chance that we could ever return. In my opinion, that's even more sad and heart breaking.

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Bmse and Peter

Location:

Belgium

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8 - 2012

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I booked a last minute trip to the Southwest so my recently college graduated daughter and I could relax and have a little adventure. I can't tell you how beautiful this was. It is an easy drive from Albuquerque, the trip from the main highway into the ranch was stunning, (Bring plenty of groceries, you will not want to leave the valley once you get there.) The cabin was lovely. The kitchen had everything we needed including a propane grill. The bed was large and comfortable and our hosts lent us a futon so my daughter used the living room as her room. The ranch and canyon are beautiful, the sleeping porch is amazing, the hummingbirds are pretty darn magical. Andrew and Elizabeth were warm and welcoming and generous with their time and asparagus. We spent a day just hiking along the river bed, picking up rocks and admiring the light on the canyon walls, Reading on the sleeping porch was also pretty dreamy. I am going back next year with my husband. My daughter insists she will also return. Just FYI --- We visited their other cabin further back in the canyon. A little more remote, a little more primitive but incredibly charming and private. A great place for a spiritual retreat, or a romantic getaway.

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Laura Noel

Location:

Madison,WI

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