El Pedregal got its start in the early 1990s when long time Alamos resident Elizabeth Nuzum bought a 3-acre parcel of land on edge of town. Situated at the base of Mt. Alamos, Elizabeth chose this specific spot because of its situation, its habitat and a magnificent old chalate tree growing in the middle of the property. Close by the tree, she built a large palapa and a straw bale art studio. She visualized a place of beauty and wonder, planting special trees, shrubs and flowers, commissioning artists to create sculptures and garden art, collecting antique farm relics which she artfully placed on the land and rebuilding ancient dry stack rock walls. Elizabeth named her retreat El Pedregal, ‘place of rocky terrain’.

With the passing of time, Elizabeth decided it was time to let go of her beloved El Pedregal and we were able to buy it from her in 2005 and months later we purchased the surrounding 17 acres to the original three.

Since then, we’ve built fences to let the land recover from extensive cattle grazing. We’ve deepened the well, devised water storage and septic systems, brought in underground electricity and created an outdoor kitchen with a barbeque and wood burning oven. We designed and built the main lodge and five individual guest casitas. Adobe bricks made on site provided the material to build, along with salvaged and recycled materials from old ranches, among other things. We’ve done extensive natural landscaping and also created a 2 mile trail system on the property. We’ve spent many hours sitting on the portal reflecting on all we’ve done and all that we want to do to continue to enhance this beautiful place!

El Pedregal is a magical place to come relax, get together with friends and family and have a good time. Elizabeth Nuzum is happy to know that her place is being enjoyed by others. So are we!