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Remote Wilderness Casita

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, Not Specified Baths, (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.

Remote Wilderness Casita is located within the only twenty mile long gated box canyon in the Chama Wilderness. The rental includes one large room with kitchen, dining area, and queen size bed. There is a large covered porch with two twin beds, BBQ, table, chairs.

The rental is located on the site of an early 1900s homestead and is one of three vacation rentals we have in the canyon, with Ranch Wilderness Casita and Anasazi Wilderness Glamping Cabin.

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) We provide fresh drinking water from our spring: two 5-gallon containers. There is also fresh rain water in the 1,600 gallon cistern.

o) A picturesque kitchen and dining area.

o) A three-burner propane stove.

o) A medium size refrigerator - freezer that makes ice.

o) Dish soap and paper towels.

o) French coffee press.

o) Kerosene lamp.

o) A large outside deck.

o) A propane barbecue grill.

o) A 4-gallon solar shower bag, liquid bath soap.

o) An outhouse, with toilet paper.

o) When available, we will provide eggs and produce from our garden.

o) 20 miles of peace, quiet, and privacy.

o) Technology-free vacation.

o) Perfect for writers, photographers, artists, and people who want to 'get away from the world for awhile.'

o) Ideal for hiking enthusiasts at all levels.

Due to the 14 crossings of Rio Gallina required to get to Remote Casita, we take all visitors regardless of what type of vehicle they have, and their provisions in our truck. We will return you to the main ranch and your vehicle at the end of your stay.

Remote Casita Policies:

o) We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before booking the rental. Link to our main web site is below.

o) Camp fires and smoking are prohibited in the canyon due to the extreme fire risk.

o) No hunting.

o) Dogs are not allowed on the bed. Please let us know before you arrive that you are bringing a dog.

o) Please fry food outside only.

o) Remote Casita is closed for check in at 3 pm do not arrive after this time.

o) Check-out time is 11 AM.

Other details:

o) This is a hard-working cattle ranch. You may encounter cows, calves and horses, chickens and wild turkeys, elk and deer during your stay; they will peacefully ignore you if you peacefully ignore them.

o) The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tea, and various seasonings. Prior to your arrival you will wish to shop for all of your food, drink, and snacks for your entire stay.

o) You might wish to bring water shoes. It is possible for Rio Gallina to flash flood: do not attempt to cross in times of flooding.

o) You may wish to bring slippers to wear inside Remote Casita, as the floor is tiled. We also suggest that you bring head lamps if you want to read at night.

o) More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our More Images web page.

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 day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 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

Gallina Canyon is one of those "thin places" where all your false selves get stripped away and you recover what is truly authentic in yourself. The canyon offers:

magic (the song of elk bellowing their way up the stream at sunset and dropping an antler at river's bend);

wonder (a little arroyo opens into a large, cavernous space with purple walls and quartz growing out of the center);

mystery (a vortex of energy near some ancient kivas, unseen in spite of many searchings);

joy (ravens circling each other high overhead in a ritual of airborne mating);

surprise (a dandelion appears overnight after snow in the center of a cow pie);

danger (a violent thunderstorm explodes the middle of the night with lightening);

security (a fire in the woodstove cackles "All is well!" in spite of the wind buffeting the cabin), and;

the gift of time (the presence of the ancients who lived there centuries ago melds into pure leisure, reminding me that there is no more important work right now than being still and watching the light change over the sage bushes).

During my three week silence there, my old dog came into his second puppyhood, and I also became new. There we had everything we needed, and nothing was wasted. To those considering a sojourn there: Beware! You will be drawn into deep adventure!
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Abiquiu

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outhouse - toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size beds (1): Twin size beds (2).
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rock climbing


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Remote Wilderness Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
Seattle, WA

Remote and exquisite high desert retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 21/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emily, 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
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the most special places on Earth. Remote, BEAUTIFUL, and one of a kind. The Casita was incredible. All the amenities you could possibly need plus more. The sleeping deck was a bonus and incredible views. This experience is for the right type of person. Off the grid, quiet, and self sufficient. We will return to stay at the the other 2 accommodations. Truly an Experience in Nature few would experience

  • Review Submitted: 10/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathleen for celebrating a birthday here at the ranch. It is a pleasure for us to meet people who love the canyon as much as we do. Elizabeth
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Santa Fe, NM


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Restorative Oasis

  • 5 of 5

The Casita is a peaceful and restorative oasis set perfectly in a sublime canyon of red rock cliffs. Rustic and simple, yet all the basic essentials to be comfortable are contained in the Casita. A wonderful place to unwind and unplug off the grid.

Elizabeth, Andrew and David: Thank you for sharing a sliver of your little slice of heaven.

  • Review Submitted: 25/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mark, for staying with us and leaving the cabin so clean. David
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Fall stay at the Remote Wilderness Casita

  • 5 of 5

I was fortunate to stay 3 nights at the Remote Wilderness Casita the first week of October. Everything I could have possibly needed was found in the cabin, not to mention the delicious eggs and fresh vegetables provided by the ranch. The mornings were chilly (25F), but the cabin was always cozy; I did not need to light the wood-burning stove. The bed was so comfortable I wanted to take it home with me! I did not use the solar shower, but heated water on the propane stove to take a "dish bath" every evening. For the first in memory, I was completely unplugged from work-related stress and entirely relaxed. I read, hiked, watched the stars, sang to the cattle and birds. The elk came down from the mountains , making sounds that resembled vocal exercises - and the cattle answered back. Thanks to my wonderful hosts! I want to come back for a week at the same time next year.

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well maintained, peaceful, comforting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had an amazing week with our children (4 and 8 yrs old) at remote casita. Not once did the kids say they were bored. We instantly relaxed. Enjoyed daily hikes, water play, observing animals, games and crafts on the porch with amazing views, cooking, somores, star gazing, ghost stories, and so much more. It was priceless family time we will always remember. Our hosts were very welcoming and eager to share this amazing place.

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 up to the mesa. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers. There is a laminated topographic map of the canyon at this Casita.

Rio Gallina is spring-fed and offers many bank-side locations for picnicking. The river is seasonal, with dry spots and wet spots throughout the canyon.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Abiquiu

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$47.04

Base rate is for one or two people. Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. There is a $50 charge for any additional trip to Remote Casita other than taking you in and picking you up. Remote Casita is closed for check in at 3 pm do not arrive after this time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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