This three bedroom guest house is one of a kind. Designed and built by one of North America's leading architects, it boasts:

  • World-class designer home and living experience
  • 450 acres Land Trust that preserve wildlife migration patterns
  • Large Greenhouse filled with tropical plants, flowers and edibles
  • Secluded Meditaition Room/Chapel

If you've been looking for that special occasion to bring together the people you love in one place to enjoy the great outdoors during the day and the majestic night sky at night, this is for you.

The Astronomer's Dream Experience

We reserve each month’s darkest nights for our exclusive observatory experience at Rancho Bendito. By day, wildlife and spectacular mountain views surround you. By night, you can peer through a university-grade observatory, with help from an experienced amateur astronomer. Here will you see and photograph stars, planets, novae and other heavenly objects through his 17-inch telescope.

Book two nights and captivate your group with a 90-minute tour and guided photography session on at least one of those nights. After your tour and tutorial on the equipment, the focus typically shifts to software that guides the telescope and manages the process of recording layered photographs depicting objects millions of light years away. (Link to pictures.)

We customize the observatory experience for all age and knowledge levels. All you need is one budding or experienced astronomer your group. All will learn and remember this undistracted time together. Afterward, we’ll send you up to five digital image files you an post to social media, print or otherwise use as you wish.

Observatory Technical Details:

  • The telescope is a PlanWave, 17-inch, CDK Schmidt-Cassigrain, which has a limited production with a very long waiting list

  • The mount is a Software Bisque Paramount ME, controlled by Software Bisque’s SkyX Professional Edition software

  • The camera is an SBIG 1001e

  • The secondary telescope is a 140mm TEC Refractor

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Our days in the Wet Mountain Valley are nearly as exciting as our nights – tailored to help you escape in nature and in comfort. Our three-bedroom La Casita sits on a 450-acre ranch, adjacent to more open, protected land. Aside from your hosts’ home and ranch buildings, you’ll see no other nearby houses or lights – just waves of nature and wildlife set among spectacular mountains. The Sangre de Cristo range towers close enough to kiss. To the east, the Wet Mountains roll toward the horizon. Sunrises and sunsets create countless opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.

Your casita stay includes breakfast fixings and ready-to-heat meals, allowing you to more spend time enjoying this unique property, its wildlife and educational experiences. Your host will make every reasonable effort meet any dietary preferences or restrictions.

 

amenities

  • 1 King and 2 Queen beds
  • Kitchennette
  • Patio for outdoor enjoyment
  • High Speed Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Exclusive Access

Besides the Observatory, you have exclusive access to:

  • A secluded monastery-like meditation room..

  • A European-styled labyrinth

  • Greenhouse, with range of edibles and exotic tropical plants.

location

Secluded in the rolling hills at the northern tip if the Wet Mountain Valley, guests are assured of peace and quiet, yet  have easy access to many outdooradventures in every directions.