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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
Tent sites
6 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
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.

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Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 22nd, 2022

Wonderful facilities, beautiful landscape. Be careful though — it’s easy to get lost if you go hiking, or arrive after dark like I did! Directions in Google maps to the campground were right on from Santa Fe. Would have loved a map of the campground and hiking trails though as I got lost a few times. Dreamy hot outdoor shower and flushing toilets, plus well stocked kitchen made my stay very comfortable.

Hipcamper Troupe
Troupe G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 21st, 2022

Very accommodating host, gorgeous landscape, beautiful and interesting additions to the land. If camping, request the site on the ledge for a truly spectacular view!

Hipcamper Noa
Noa M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 18th, 2022

It was an honor and privilege to visit Diana’s gorgeous home. It’s so clear that Diana has put immense love and care into stewarding the land and campgrounds, and is extremely knowledgeable about the changing weather and climate of the region.

Hipcamper kimberly

Lovely sites, pack horse needed

Kimberly S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 16th, 2022

Great amenities... toilets, showers, hot tub, kitchen & beautiful trails and land. But difficult to get supplies to camp.

A couple rough/tough wagons would go a long way! :)

Star Dance High Desert Retreat
Hipcamper Dana
Dana V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 16th, 2022

We love this place! Beautiful land and all the amenities I like to have while camping. This is our second time visiting. The hot tub before bed is one of my favorite features. I highly recommend.

Hipcamper Sarah


Sarah T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 30th, 2022

This is my first time in the desert, and what a joyous experience it has been! Star Dance is a magnificent place, with a landscape so beautiful I could weep, excellent hiking, invigorating amenities, and peaceful camping. Many thanks to the stewards of this land!

Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2022

Great spot! Booked last minute during Memorial Day. So much care put into the property, the amenities, etc. Loved the trails and the vistas. Didn’t get to check out the hot tub, but the facilities were great and the bathrooms were super nice. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Caitlin
Caitlin M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 22nd, 2022

We felt right at home on this beautiful land. The bathroom and kitchen areas are extremely clean, well cared for, and thoughtfully assembled. We could have stayed much longer but loved our one night here. Thank you Diana!

Hipcamper Emily

The highlight of our trip!

Emily S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 21st, 2022

Oh man, this place is incredible! I don’t even know where to begin! Stardance was meant to be a quick stop on the way to a trip in Colorado but turned into the highlight of our vacation! We were so mesmerized by the land and stars that we ended up booking another night there to end our trip. The stars were so incredible, the most amazing view of the night sky I’ve ever had. We quickly realized how this property got its name as we danced around in circles, necks craned to the sky, trying to take in as much of the night sky as we could. I could spend my life exploring the land and never grow tired or bored. The amount of amenities was insane! They’ve truly thought of everything- a fully stocked kitchen with clean drinking water/pots/pans/etc., a yoga yurt to escape the elements (if needed), showers, even a jacuzzi! I hope to come back to Stardance many more times throughout my life. Absolutely mesmerizing property.


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