El Rito Home for sale with El Rito Creek Frontage

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Nestled in the picturesque Northern New Mexico town of El Rito lays this 6.59 acre country estate. Idyllically sited, the property is bordered by the El Rito Creek & the Carson National Forest.

The lodge-style home boasts a large great room with a massive territorial-style fireplace, sandstone hearth, hand-carved walnut mantel, extensive bancos & brick floor with radiant heat.  There is an obvious warmth about this home you will notice from the moment you walk through the front door.  For more Info Click Here!


The village of El Rito, one of the first Spanish settlements in New Mexico, is located on Hwy 554 with close access to Espanola, Ojo Caliente, and Abiquiu.  It is offers breath taking views of the Sangre de Cristos, Jemez Mountains, and the La Madera Mountains.   El Rito’s quiet quaintness stimulates artistic talents evidenced by the number of artists in the area.  The artists produce Spanish colonial furniture, pottery, fine art photography, handmade papers, handwoven textiles, traditional and contemporary tin art, retablos and santos, fine micaceous pottery, quilts and textiles, fine jewelry, and hand forged iron works.   An annual studio tour brings many people to enjoy El Rito.   The people who visit for the studio tour usually end up owning a piece of El Rito Real Estate. 

History abounds in El Rito.  San Juan Nepomucene Catholic Church, one of the first churches in NM, was restored in the 1980’s.  Peter Van Dresser, author, architect, and builder, was one of the first to develop passive solar homes.  If you want to stimulate your mind you’ll find opportunities right next door.    Northern New Mexico College exists on the campus of the Spanish American Normal School in El Rito which was established in the early 1900s to train teachers for the state’s Spanish speaking population when  New Mexico was still  a Territory.  When New Mexico became a state in 1912, the school was identified as one of ten educational institutions to be supported by the state. Through the years it has offered secondary, technical vocational  and more recently four year college degrees.   In the 1980’s a certification program was established for the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice Training Program which gave health care providers much needed expertise in dealing with death and dying.

Nothing compares to the sounds of a babbling brook.  El Rito Creek runs through the village providing water for irrigation for the farms and ranches as well as a place for wading children to frolic in the summer.  Some of the most beautiful El Rito homes for sale are along the El Rito Creek.  El Rito land for sale bordering the National Forest is a special treat for the outdoor enthusiast.   One of five National Forests in New Mexico, Carson National Forest offers up some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest.  Ranging in elevation from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest vantage point in New Mexico. Scattered throughout the property you will find the state tree of New Mexico, the Pinon.  The trees vary in height from 10-30 feet.  The tiny pine nuts were discovered as tasty food by the prehistoric Natives and Spanish when they came to New Mexico more than 400 years ago.  Along side the Pinon are High Mountain Cottonwood, Sage Brush, Juniper, Willow and many other varities of floral providing a rare treat in this arid Southwest climate.  Unobstructed views of the Sangre’s across the Rio Grande Valley take your breath away.

Traveling a few miles up Angel Canyon along El Rito Creek  you will be surrounded by aspens, pine, fir and spruce and may see deer, elk ,or even a bear.   At an elevation of 6900 feet the summers are cool.  You can play in the snow in the winter,  snowshoe down to El Farolito for a world renown green chile burrito, spicy salsa, and a cup of steaming hot chocolate flavored with cinnamon.

It is often difficult to find El Rito homes for sale that are situated alongside a creek with the lushness that this estate offers.  El Rito Real Estate varies from the limited availability of raw land to the popular double adobe homes in need of renovation.  This estate has been tastefully updated and awaits it’s new caretaker! 

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