Chama Wilderness Cottage

Northern, New Mexico, United States


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1


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 Chama Wilderness Cottage sits four miles from the rest of the ranch. If a serene desert retreat is what you seek, here it is. The cottage has one large room with kitchen, dining area, and queen size bed. There is a large covered porch with two twin beds, as well as a  BBQ, table, and chairs.


Open May 1st to October 31st

Location and Access

Near: Abiquiu, Santa Fe, and Taos, NM

Due to the 14 crossings of Rio Gallina required to get to Chama Wilderness Cottage, all guests and their provisions are transported, regardless of what type of vehicle they have, to the casita and back at the end of their stay.

The spectacular desert setting provides days of fun and exploration, or restoration.
Fishing, Hiking (limitless options for all levels), Mountain biking, Swimming


Hiking through the canyon will reward the visitor with spectacular views of Northern New Mexico geology, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Sleeping arrangements

  • Sleeps four

  • Bedroom: one queen

  • Covered porch: two twin beds


$140/night, $840/wk

Rate for single or double occupancy. Additional persons (more than two guests) $25 per night.

Two night minimum stay (price includes tax).

What you need to bring

  • Bathing suit

  • Headlamp

  • Food

Additional amenities

  • Spring-fed swim pond with water toys

  • Fresh drinking water from the spring: two 5-gallon containers There is also fresh rain water in the 1,600 gallon cistern.

  • Three-burner propane stove

  • Medium-sized refrigerator and freezer with ice maker

  • Complimentary eggs and vegetables when in season

  • Phone for emergency use

  • Hosts on site 24/7

Property Policies

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.


Well-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 on the bed.

Other Details

  • We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before booking the rental.

  • No hunting.

  • Campfires and smoking are prohibited in the canyon due to the extreme fire risk.

  • Radios and cell phones do not work in the canyon.

  • Please fry food outside only.

  • If possible, please arrive by 1:00 PM. Do not arrive after 5:00 PM.

  • Check-out time is 11 AM.

  • High clearance vehicle required.

  • There will be no additional charge for extra nights in case heavy rain prevents you from leaving after your paid-for nights.

  • 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. The closest store is 35 miles away.

  • 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.

  • You may wish to bring slippers to wear inside the Chama Wilderness Cottage, as the floor is tiled.

  • Please leave all gates as you find them.

  • 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.



Kid Friendly

Pets Allowed

Wireless Internet

Coffee Maker

Hot Shower

Outdoor Grill

Outdoor Solar Shower


Propane Lanterns

Spring-fed Water

Wood Burning Stove

Rates and Availability

Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay Max Stay
Standard Rate $135 / night N/A $810 / week N/A 2 nights N/A