Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico is the historic inn Casa del Gavilan. A place of spirit--where hawk and eagle soar--this grand adobe villa was built 1910-1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns' elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan (House of the Hawk) is a showplace of early Pueblo-revival architecture featuring artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others. Rates from $164 - $230 per night including a full breakfast.
Surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. All guest rooms have private baths, and a full breakfast is served daily.
There are no televisions for guests' use at the Casa, nor are there telephones in the guest rooms. Wifi internet is available throughout most, but not all, of the Casa. The Casa del Gavilan is located in a very remote, rural setting. Most of our guests treasure the peace and quiet of the location, and the sense of tranquility in and around the Casa. If this is not what you are looking for, or if you would prefer an on-site bar or restaurant, we suggest you consider the St. James Hotel for your stay in the Cimarron area. The Cimarron Inn and The Blue Dragonfly Bed and Breakfast are also good alternatives located in Cimarron closer to shopping and restaurants.
Click the Milky Way photo to the left to read Cecilia Worth's "The Night the Stars Fell".
Per order of the Governor of New Mexico, as of February 18 2022 masks are
no longer required indoors at the Casa del Gavilan.
For the most current information regarding COVID-19, traveling to New Mexico, and current restrictions within New Mexico, please see:
or click on the blue box below.
Restaurants in Cimarron are open for sit-down dining or carry out.
Hours are very subject to change. Please call ahead.
Blu Dragonfly - (575) 376-1110
Thur-Sat 4 pm-8 pm * Sat 12 pm-8 pm * Sun-Wed closed (updated June 10, 2022)
Cimarron House of Pizza - (575) 376-2130
Mon-Sat 4:30 pm-7 pm * Sun closed (updated June 10, 2022)
Burrito Banquet - (817)526-4002
Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11 am - 6 pm * Tues closed (updated June 10, 2022)
Colfax Tavern - (575)376-2229
(updated June 10, 2022)
Wed/Thur - 4 pm - 8 pm
Fri/Sun - Noon - 8 pm
Cree-Mee Drive In - (575) 376-4480
Tues - Sat 11 am-6:30 pm * Monday closed (updated June 10, 2022)
Mercantile - (575) 376-4103
Tues-Sat 7 am-2 pm * Sun-Mon closed (updated June 10, 2022)
St. James Hotel - (575) 376-2664
Thurs-Mon 7 am-8 pm * Tues/Wed closed (updated June 10, 2022)
New Mexico State Parks and Valle Vidal are again open
after temporary closure due to dry conditions.
Please check with the park for current hours and any closures.
Cimarron Canyon State Park - 575-377-6271
Eagle Nest Lake State Park - 575-377-1594
Sugarite Canyon State Park - 575-445-5607
Clayton Lake State Park - 575-374-8808
Coyote Creek State Park - 575-387-2328
The fall colors typically peak in the Cimarron area the second half of October, while thousands of Sandhill Cranes overfly the Casa on their way south to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge where they will spend the winter. Click here to see more fall color photographs from around the Casa.
The Casa del Gavilan is very pleased to announce we have been included in BedandBreakfast.com's top 25 bed and breakfasts of 2017! Thanks to our guests and their excellent reviews that have made this recognition possible.
We are pleased to announce the Casa del Gavilan has recently been admitted to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties, as well as the National Register of Historic Places, as ". . . among the earliest and most accomplished examples of a residence designed in the Pueblo Revival style in New Mexico".
Turkeys grazing at the bird feeder