Cabin, 1 Bedroom, Not Specified Baths, (Sleeps 2)
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.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful getaway and anniversary stay
We wanted a special weekend for our 37th anniversary and found it. Although this place may not be for everybody (no electricity or hot running water and an outhouse. It was spectacularly quiet and serene. We were able to hike with our dog all day through the canyon and the stars and Milky Way in the night sky were spectacular. The hosts were incredible. We indicated that it was our anniversary and had a bottle of Gruet champagne with chilled flutes in the refrigerator and were given 18 fresh eggs from their chickens. We were told to bring flashlights if we wanted to read at night. We like playing Scrabble after dinner and were able to get enough light using the oil lantern and our LED light for an enjoyable time. By the way our dog loved it.
Thank you for the very fine review. It was our pleasure to be your hosts, and we greatly appreciated your leaving the cabin neat and clean. I am thinking about adding some "personal reading lights" to the cabin's inventory for people to use, while maintaining the rustic ambiance. And your canine friend was also a pleasure to host. :-)
The perfect off-the-grid romantic escape!
My husband and I went for my birthday and it was the perfect romantic get-away and completely off the grid. Andrew dropped us off on Saturday afternoon, and we didn't see another person (besides each other) until the following Saturday when he returned to take us out. I read 4 books, cover to cover, and slept whenever I wanted. We would hike in the morning, when it was cool and read (or sleep) in the toasty afternoons. On our second attempt, we made it to the Indian ruins (of the mysterious Gallina people) at the top of the western ridge and sat in the shade of the tumbled tower, watching the clouds and drinking in the breeze. It was magical.
The Casita is rustic and comfortable, though it gets warm in the afternoons and evenings - best to stay out on the porch with the breeze, at least in July. The bed is comfy- not too hard, not too soft; the sheets are clean and crisp. The outdoor shower was exhilarating - I'd forgotten how sensual it is to stand naked in the outdoors - and No. 2 was far enough away that it didn't assault your nose at the cabin, but close enough that you could make it there in time even if you'd been holding your pee all night b/c you might be afraid of the dark, ahem.
We saw lots of tracks of the critters that live in the canyon, heard coyotes howling, and shared our salad with the bunnies that live under the porch. We had one encounter with a rattlesnake hiking, very far from the Casita, but we all went our separate ways with no harm done. One night, there was a rock slide somewhere on the south canyon and the sound it made echoed all through the canyon.
And the stars! There were so many they lit up the sky, even without the moon. I never got tired of listening to the absence of cars, and people. Although an occasional plane passed over the canyon, there was no other human-made sounds the entire week. The cicadas; the wind in the trees, the birds, the cows early in the morning and in the evening - that was the "racket" that assaulted us. On our last night there, it stormed with lots of thunder and lightening, wind and rain, and when we got up the next morning, the smell of sage was like perfume in the air. It was wonderful. My only upgrade would be Tabasco!
If you need a break; if you've forgotten what it's like to be a human in a natural place, w/out electronics and gadgets or even a clock - go here. I want to go back again in the spring or the fall but I will never forget it. Thanks Andrew and Elizabeth!
Casita Ranch Cabin
Met by David promptly on arrival to show us around and explain the rules for the trash and no shoes in cabin as well as all the fine details. The cabin is very clean with plenty of plates , pots, and cups. The refrigerator is about 8 cu ft, plenty for our week long stay. We stayed in this cabin with hopes of exploring the many slot canyons around the ranch, it was wonderful. Absolutely a wonderful place to go hiking and exploring. We will go back again in our future and recommend to our friends.
The word "paradise" barely beginds to describe thi
We love this cabin deep in the heart of the Chama Wilderness. The eggs from the ranch's hens are beyond excellent. The bed is firm and comfortable, and Elizabeth thought of everything we might wish to have in the cabin. We will return next year.
Thank you Kate for the review; we loved being your hosts, and thank you for leaving the cabin neat and clean. David let the hens know you enjoyed their eggs. :-) We are looking forward to your return.
What can be better than staying in a beautiful canyon? No electricity, no wifi, no cell phone - nothing to distract you from the beauty of nature. Ah the mountains, the stars! The casita has everything you need to stay in comfort, the hosts have thought of everything you would want - the spice collection rivaled the one I have at home. I think this is, by far, my favorite place ever. Looking forward to coming back here again soon!
Remote and exquisite high desert retreat
I had the singular pleasure of staying at the Remote Casita for two weeks towards the end of August 2017. It is truly a place unlike any other I have ever been to, and since I left, some part of me has been longing to go back. I chose the Casita for its remoteness and lack of internet, as a place to try and start writing again and to be alone with my thoughts and myself, and it was all that. However, it was also many wonderful and slightly miraculous things I did not count upon.
One of these was how incredibly alive the canyon would be – a desert, but one full of plants and animals and insects of all kinds, living undisturbed in an ecological web that flowed seamlessly around the cabin and revealed itself to me in new ways each day. I loved walking the muddy streambed, which had just a little trickle of stream left in it, and watching the minnows dart around. It was also beautiful to watch sunset come, every day a little different, the sky turning first pale blue and white, then pink, then a deep purple that gave way to night. The moon was so bright that I had to wait for moonset to see the Milky Way against the cliffs above the cabin. For the first time in my life, I actually saw the moon changing phase as the days went by. I have never in my life felt more conscious of the natural rhythms of the planet and the landscape.
The cabin was also perfect. Though I didn’t realize it before I came, it was the fulfillment of my childhood dream to live by myself in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. It had a beautiful little kitchen and an extremely comfortable bed, as well as a solar bag shower that worked remarkably well. Frying eggs using the grill on the front deck in the cool, misty morning air, as the sun rose over the hills and cliffs, remains one of my favorite memories, along with walking along the path to the outhouse in the last glow of sunset. (Yes, even the outhouse is exceptionally beautiful!)
My hosts were also wonderful and I can’t think of anything they could have done to make for a better stay. David was great company on the drive in and out and provided me with fresh eggs, fruit, and veggies from the ranch’s farm, including a special delivery of more eggs and grapes halfway through my visit.
Staying at the Remote Casita was an all-around wonderful experience. I hope I will have the opportunity to stay here again someday, and I am very grateful for the two weeks I had in this unique and precious place.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Andrew and I are so glad your time at our Remote Casita fulfilled your expectations. It is our favorite place also and we are so happy to share it with people like you. Sorry we did not get to meet you personally. David is the kindest, most generous thoughtful person we know and we are so happy he brought you grapes and more vegetables from our garden mid way through your visit. We hope you will return one day for another visit. Thank you again.
Elizabeth and Andrew
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. This hike is recommended only for experienced hikers. There is a laminated topographic map of the canyon at the Casita.
Rio Gallina is spring-fed and offers many locations for picnicking. The river is seasonal, with dry spots and wet spots throughout the canyon. Rio Gallina occasionally experiences flash flooding which can make the cabin isolated for a few days; in such a case, STAY AT THE CABIN and when travel is safe we will come get you. We have provided emergency food for such an occasion.