The wild borders of a desert life. Where the land ends, and the red earth carves its totems. Where even the stillness is more silent, and the silence is more still. This is Spirit Ranch, and this is Notom. Set on the eastern edge of Capitol Reef National Park (a Dark Sky Park), this is the place to reset your circadian rhythms. Here, in the night sky, the moon and the Milky Way compete for attention. And the morning sun ushers in the day with equal measures of brightness and ardor. This is not a place where nature sits off in the distance-this is total immersion. Here, you are a wilderness creature, and you are as much a part of the terrain as the sage and the juniper. This home was designed by award-winning Landscape Architect Jack Chandler. It sits on 20 acres, surrounded by BLM land on three sides. Constructed of steel, glass, concrete, and timber, the home both incorporates and interacts with the scenery: from the views in literally every direction, down to the sun-warmed flooring. This was, and is an artist's retreat, and an astronomer's dream. The home has a large viewing deck with a built-in fire pit off the master bedroom upstairs. Or, if you desire a ground-level view, there's an outdoor fireplace off the back patio constructed entirely of massive stone slabs. With a private well, and plenty of sun ready and waiting to supply solar power, this home could be your off-the-grid oasis. Need I even say, this place is very special. A place where time is told by the quivering leaves of Cottonwood trees casting thousands of shadowy dancers westward across the floor. A place where the sunburnt mountains stand shoulder-to-shoulder around you in a full circle. Let the red earth forge you in its flame. Let the desert pour its silence around you. Let the pitch-dark outline of mountains be the last thing you see before sleep. I promise, you will forever be changed.
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