Rio Milagro Farm
A home, horse facility and farm on a nature preserve emerges as a series of eco-conscious pavillions that rest lightly on the land.
Rio Milagro is a horse facility and sustainable farm and learning center situated on 40 acres in the middle of the Nature Conservancy on the Mimbres River in the foothills of the Aldo Leopold wilderness. The property is a series of small benches, each one rises above the riparian and river environment. As the benches rise above the river, the ecosystem changes from wet riparian to desert rangeland with pinyon and juniper. The ecosystem is fragile, with most of the springs that feed the Mimbres on Rio Milagro and adjoining Nature Conservancy. In the recent past, the property was owned by a family that had it for 50 years and allowed their livestock to freely roam creating an unsustainable dry wasteland. Over the ten years since the livestock have been off, the landscape has slowly come back as well as the endangered species that need the river environment to survive.
The main concern was to create a footprint for the different parts that flowed together as well as used the least amount of fragile wildlife areas.