Main Entry Design at El Monte Sagrado

Main Entry

  • 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...
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Main Entry

  • 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. This stone was not heated. It is said to have properties of promoting happiness and well being.
  • The panes of glass above the entry are aligned to reflect the crystal throughout the day.
  • The plaster finish is called waxed plaster. This effect is created by applying paste wax to the finished surface. There are mica chips in the wax finish.
  • 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.
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Custom Desk Designs by David Sargert

The Host Stand

  • The desk was designed by David Sargert and is adorned with a rain forest marble top from Mexico and a lacewood veneer from Africa underneath. The base with the carved lizard is mahogany.
  • The crescent shape of the host stand is a metaphor respecting the sword of Islam.
  • The nichos and arched doors throughout the Biogrande are trimmed in African ribbed Sapelli...
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The Host Stand

  • The desk was designed by David Sargert and is adorned with a rain forest marble top from Mexico and a lacewood veneer from Africa underneath. The base with the carved lizard is mahogany.
  • The crescent shape of the host stand is a metaphor respecting the sword of Islam.
  • The nichos and arched doors throughout the Biogrande are trimmed in African ribbed Sapelli mahogany. Sapelli mahogany is a sustainable wood, which is why it was selected for the resort.
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Chandelier Created by Will Wilkins De La Tierra

De La Tierra

  • The chandelier was created by Will Wilkins. David Sargert designed it as a tribute to the upper Rose Window in the West Facade of the Cathedral at Reims in France.
  • The dining tables are Absolute black granite from India with mahogany bases.
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De La Tierra

  • The chandelier was created by Will Wilkins. David Sargert designed it as a tribute to the upper Rose Window in the West Facade of the Cathedral at Reims in France.
  • The dining tables are Absolute black granite from India with mahogany bases.
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Symbol of rebirth and renewal Anaconda Bar

Anaconda Bar

  • 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. Sometimes, the snake is depicted as eating its own head, forming a figure eight.
  • 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...
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Anaconda Bar

  • 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. Sometimes, the snake is depicted as eating its own head, forming a figure eight.
  • 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 bar chairs are covered with an embossed leather in a crocodile pattern.
  • 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 belly of the snake is made from polycarbonate plastic.
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dome ceiling is finished with boveda bricks Wine Room

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...
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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.
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fossil mural made from 50 million year-old limestone Bathrooms

The Bathrooms

  • 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.
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The Bathrooms

  • 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.
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Material from New Zealand The Board Room

The Board Room

  • The paneling is made of Macassar ebony from Africa.
  • The upper portion of the table is a Carpathian walnut burl pattern, and the lower portion is Macassar ebony.
  • The countertops are absolute black granite from India.
  • The carpet is natural wool from New Zealand.
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The Board Room

  • The paneling is made of Macassar ebony from Africa.
  • The upper portion of the table is a Carpathian walnut burl pattern, and the lower portion is Macassar ebony.
  • The countertops are absolute black granite from India.
  • The carpet is natural wool from New Zealand.
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floors are pine and fir The LIbrary

The Library

  • 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...
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The Library

  • 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.
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Meditation Space Sacred Circle

The Sacred Circle

This 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...read more

The Sacred Circle

This 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.read less
Enjoy Rock Sculptures Sculpture Garden

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...
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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.
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microbial communities at El Monte The Biolarium

The Biolarium

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.
  • Gunnash is an...
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The Biolarium

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.
  • Gunnash is an environmentally safe alternative building material that looks and feels like adobe, but is less expensive, more durable, and fire-resistant. Gunnash also avoids many of the environmental problems associated with the manufacture and use of concrete, for example, giving off fewer greenhouse gases than concrete. 
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Created by Alberto Amura of Dharma Living Systems Solar Tree

Solar Tree

  • Solar Tree was created by Alberto Amura of Dharma Living Systems. The tree can provide 160 watts of power, but is currently only being used as a sculptural piece.
  • The solar panels on the roof of the Biolarium offset the power requirements of the Living Machine®.
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Solar Tree

  • Solar Tree was created by Alberto Amura of Dharma Living Systems. The tree can provide 160 watts of power, but is currently only being used as a sculptural piece.
  • The solar panels on the roof of the Biolarium offset the power requirements of the Living Machine®.
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Natural Fresh Water System Cenote

Cenote

A cenote is nature’s way of collecting and storing valuable freshwater - typically through a limestone sinkhole. This cenote is temperature-controlled. 

Snaking its way through El Monte Sagrado, behind the casitas of Tribal, Caribbean, Trout, Magpie, Marrakech, and Morocco is the Acequia Madre del Rio Pueblo de Taos. The Spanish settlers built acequias, or irrigation...read more

Cenote

A cenote is nature’s way of collecting and storing valuable freshwater - typically through a limestone sinkhole. This cenote is temperature-controlled. 

Snaking its way through El Monte Sagrado, behind the casitas of Tribal, Caribbean, Trout, Magpie, Marrakech, and Morocco is the Acequia Madre del Rio Pueblo de Taos. The Spanish settlers built acequias, or irrigation ditches, in the 16th and 17th centuries in order to channel precious water to the arid parts of New Mexico. Today, they still remain an important and invaluable part of New Mexican lifeThough El Monte Sagrado has water rights to the acequia, the local acequia association has access rights to check and manage the precious irrigation channel.read less