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Visit the startling beauty of the plateaus above Lake Abiquiu in northern New Mexico.  Star Dance provides a secluded experience for travelers, artists, fishermen, birdwatchers, stargazers, and more.  Star Dance sits above the upper Rio Chama canyons on 30 acres of trails and undisturbed natural terrain.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Star Dance High Desert Retreat in New Mexico.

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Irene
Irene D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 20th, 2021

Whoa. What a place. Star Dance exceeded my expectations. The hospitality was above and beyond, and the views were incredible. It’s always a treat to sleep outside, but even better when there’s a bathroom with hot water, and a well equipped kitchen. I would’ve stayed forever in that hot yup if I could!

Star Dance High Desert Retreat
Hipcamper Richard
Richard J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

Fantastic views from the rim, great star gazing and we loved the outdoor shower. Michael and the dogs are awesome. Chatting with Michael made this a very special stay! Look forward to our next visit.

Hipcamper Kate

Ranch in the shadow of pedernal

Kate R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 14th, 2021

We were thrilled with our stay at Star Dance and will look forward to a return visit, for sure. The property is in the shadow of Cerro Pedernal, iconic mountain mesa depicted in Georgia O’Keefe paintings and in the movies. Big skies, remote open spaces, mountains views, canyons hikes. It was more than we imagined, and there were also extra surpise amenities. Great host. Loved it there.

Hipcamper Charles
Charles O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 13th, 2021

Star Dance High Desert Retreat has set the bar for others to try to match. Everything from the friendliness and helpfulness of hosts Diana and Michael, to the beautiful location and the varied and sparkling clean facilities, is top notch. The experience here rates 5 stars across the board.

Hipcamper Grace
Grace B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 11th, 2021

The canyon is absolutely gorgeous!!! Campground is perfect, kitchen well equipped, nothing short of being well fed while camping. Outdoor showers so refreshing! The trail to the riverbed is wonderful with view points along the way. Michael, our cowboy story teller host was pretty awesome!

Hipcamper Grace
Grace B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 11th, 2021

We have been at Star Dance multiple times and love it with every visit! Michael, our cowboy story teller host was so welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. Always a pleasure!!!

Hipcamper Ramu
Ramu J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 8th, 2021

We had a wonderful stay. A magical place.

Hipcamper Aj
Aj S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 4th, 2021

Amazing campsite with great hosts, amenities, and views.

Hipcamper Lisa

Superb hosts; superb location

Lisa H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 23rd, 2021

Staying at Star dance Retreat was the highlight of our summer vacation. The safely, the owners and their stories; the beauty of the surroundings all made for a marvelous time. It was the best camping experience that I have had.


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