Anasazi Ruin Family Camp
Northern, New Mexico, United States
Surrounded by soaring cliffs, towering bluffs, and vibrantly striped sandstone rock formations, the Chama Canyon Ranch is tucked in a private box canyon in the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Some have called it the most stunning beautiful box canyon in all of New Mexico. It’s not difficult to see why. The 2,000 foot red stone canyon walls rise beyond the cool, green groves of rustling cottonwoods fed by a gurgling stream. Wildlife abounds in this landscape, where you can hike to your heart’s content or swim in the spring-fed pond. This is an inspiring paradise for photographers, artists, writers, and those interested in the ancient Anasazi Indians of the Southwest.The ranch is home to three spectacularly unique dwellings.
The open-air Anasazi Ruin Family Camp sits alone, allowing you peace and quiet. Yet after just a brief walk you’ll arrive at of the attractions of the ranch. This is a child’s playground. The camp includes a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and dining area under a 20x30 foot roof. Sleeping quarters are in a pop-up camper that includes a king, queen, and one single bed.
Enjoy a 1,000 gallon soaking pool nestled inside an earthen and rock open-air water storage area which was originally built by the ancient Anasazi Indians, with a breathtaking view of the canyon's sandstone cliffs. The pool is fed with continuously flowing cool spring water.
Guests are invited to swim in the Rio Chama or play in the mud on the banks of the Rio Gallina. The canyon's geology provides many structures to explore in addition to a specially designed children’s play area at the nearby ranch, including a teeter totter, jungle gym, and much more. The ranch also offers the community swimming pond, inflatable kayaks, floating trampoline, Slither (a 17-foot water park floating snake on which children can sit, stand, and walk), floating arm chairs, boogie board, and a sand box with children's toys. WiFi for email is available in these areas.
Open May 1st to October 31st
Location and Access
Near: Abiquiu, Santa Fe, and Taos, NM
The spectacular desert setting provides days of fun and exploration, or restoration.
Fishing, Hiking (limitless options for all levels), Mountain biking, Swimming
With a spectacular view during the day and awe-inspiring panorama of stars at night, the soaking tank area is a great place to enjoy the sights and sound of the canyon. Bring a star map and toast marshmallows over the fire pit bowl, then lay back in the provided "gravity chairs" and watch for meteors streaking across the velvet black sky.
- Sleeps five
- Pop-up camper: two kings, two singles
- More guests may join, up to a total of 14, if they wish to bring their own tents.
Rate for a single, couple or a family. Additional persons (beyond two adults, or a family) $25 per night.
Two night minimum stay (price includes tax).
What you need to bring
- Spring-fed swim pond with water toys
- Fresh spring water is excellent for drinking (no need to bring water)
- Inflatable kayaks
- Jungle gym
- Floating trampoline
- Medium-sized, 8 cubic feet refrigerator / freezer
- Cold running spring water
- 46,000 BTU outside propane space heater
- Complementary eggs and organic vegetables when in season
- Two-seater outhouse
- Linens and beach towels
- WiFi for email only
- Phone for emergency use
- Hosts on site 24/7
- If canceled more than 60 days prior to check in you will be refunded 100% of rental fee.
- If canceled between 30 and 60 days prior to rental date you will be refunded 100% minus $25 cancel fee.
- If canceled less than 30 days of rental you will receive no refund. Guests may change the reserve dates 60 days or more prior to check in.
PetsWell-behaved dogs allowed. Please let us know before you arrive that you are bringing a dog. Due to the possible allergies of future guests, dogs are not allowed in the camper. Dogs in the main ranch area, it must be on a leash.
- We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before booking the rental.
- No hunting.
- Campfires in the fire pit only.
- Radios and cellular telephones do not work in the canyon.
- If possible, please arrive by 1:00 PM. Do not arrive after 5:00 PM.
- Check-out time is 11 AM.
- 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.
- 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.
- The campsite is a zero impact area. It is important to us that you use the existing cow trails when hiking
Solar Lanterns or Lighting
Rates and Availability
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