Nestled among several mature trees on 6.59 acres in the idyllic northern New Mexico village of El Rito, this secluded, peaceful lodge-style home enjoys wonderful views of the Sangre de Cristos across the Rio Grande Valley. The home is filled with light and features a great room with a high ceiling, brick floors, bancos, a storage closet with Spanish-style doors, and a Territorial-style fireplace with a sandstone hearth and hand-carved walnut mantle that reads "In Wilderness Is the Preservation of the World.” The dining room has a stone fireplace and is generous enough to accommodate a billiards table. Adjoining is the open sunny kitchen. The owner’s bedroom is spacious and has its own large stone fireplace, French doors, and an en suite bathroom. The home offers two guest bedrooms and an additional full bath. The property includes an observatory with a telescope and a solar operated roof that slides away to allow for appreciation of the stars and the night sky, a stable area, a tack shed, and covered hay storage. The upper half of the property is fenced for horses and borders the Carson National Forest. The El Rito River runs through the property, and surface irrigation rights and a private well transfer with new ownership.