- The spectacular circular lobby with its high-domed ceiling and stone stacked walls takes its inspiration from the sacred underground ceremonial structures of the Pueblo Indians called Kivas. The ceiling swirl represents the journey of life.
- The crystal in the center of the ceiling is a 90-pound naturally occurring Citrine from Brazil. Citrine is a semiprecious gem that is valued for its yellow to brownish color and its resemblance to the rarer topaz. Natural citrine is rarer than amethyst or smoky quartz, both of which are often heated to change their natural color to that of citrine.
- The panes of glass above the entry are aligned to reflect the crystal throughout the day.
- The rock portion of the walls is Anasazi dry stack, peach and buckskin flagstone, and installed with a tight joint, dry stacked without mortar.
- The torches and all ironwork with the corn plant motif were created by Will Wilkins of Hamilton, Montana. The corn plant is sacred among the native peoples of New Mexico.
- The sun mosaic on the floor is made of a combination of India sandstone and New Mexico limestone. The Amethyst geode is from South America.
- The Anaconda, a snake that primary lives in water, is a symbol of rebirth and renewal. The snake is depicted without a head or tail, symbolizing eternity.
- The Anaconda is the symbol for God to native South Americans.
- The bar top is made of golden mica from Japan with ebonized ash and Brazilian rosewood.
- The material at the bottom of the bar is etched copper.
- The top of the banco seats is redwood beryl and ebonized ash with Brazilian rosewood backs.
- The scales of the snake feature gold plated tile from Italy.
The Wine Room
- The motif is Mediterranean.
- The domed ceiling is finished with boveda bricks.
- The floor is a combination of an Italian limestone mosaic and Emperador marble.
- The cabinets are made of white oak from Massachusetts.
- The ironwork on the cabinets was completed by Will Wilkins.
- The chandelier is from Mexico.
- The table is a mosaic pattern of petrified wood from Spain which sits on a brass stand.
- The wood on the walls is cork from Portugal and “sapelli” mahogany, oxidized copper, and slate from Colorado.
- The sink backsplashes are a fossil mural made from 50 million-year-old limestone from Lincoln County, Wyoming. They were collected according to the American Association of Paleontological Suppliers’ guidelines.
- The library was designed to mimic an old Texas parlor.
- The floors are pine and fir which were distressed to resemble an old barn board.
- The mantel is an antique and has a Verdi patrician marble hearth.
- The trim, wainscot, paneling, and shelves are made of western fir.
- The pool table was built 1907-1917 (Owned by Minnesota Fats).
- The library doors are antiques from Mexico.
The Sacred CircleThis green space in the heart of the retreat is surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, some of them several hundred years old. From the very outset of El Monte Sagrado’s construction, architects were concerned with where buildings should not go, rather than where they should go, and this space was conceived as a place of meditation - somewhere to unwind and relax. It is believed that Native Americans held celebrations in this circle in the past.
The Sculpture Garden
- Hewn from slabs of New Mexican Basalt, the three monolithic rock sculpture waterfalls frame a beautiful view over the pools and waterfalls of El Monte Sagrado and the magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the distance. It is a raw, organic natural space, refined and peaceful at the same time, and stands as a monument to water: the precious liquid upon which all life depends.
- Our elegant “greenhouses”, called Biolariums, serve as beautiful green “living rooms” for people to enjoy all year round.
- The Biolariums adjacent to the swimming pool and El Monte Sagrado’s Living Spa™ are filled with flowering plants and trees.
- The walkway around the resort is Gunnash, which uses recycled coal-fired power plant ash called flyash.