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Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn

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570 Highway 21 S, Cimarron, NM 87714-0518
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 03/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 2 in Cimarron
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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 about 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 Pueblo-revival architecture exhibiting artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others.Completely surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan (also known as the Nairn Place) offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. The guest rooms all have private baths and a full breakfast is served daily.
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A C wrote a review May 21
Denver, Colorado, United States4 contributions
On our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Jan and given a quick tour and shown to our room. The Casa is beautiful and comfortable. We felt at ease joining other guests in the public areas and also free to spend time in our own. We visited Taos and Santa Fe and enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way but next time we will plan to stay much closer to the property because there is so much to explore in the area. We hiked and enjoyed the incredible views. The breakfast was delicious every morning and kept us going for a long time. Thanks to the the owners and staff!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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michele m wrote a review Oct 2021
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Where do I begin....We were welcomed by innkeeper Jan Drover who gave us a brief, informative history of the inn before showing us to our room, replete with fireplace, high ceilings with viga's and a cozy bed. We spent the first evening by the fire in the living room talking with other guests. Breakfast our first morning was a delicious Moroccan egg dish, perfectly seasoned and accompanied by fresh yogurt, fruit and for me, gluten free toast. And the coffee was good and strong! After breakfast we hiked the 2 mile trail behind the inn taking in the magnificent mountain scenery. We ate dinner at the St. James Hotel, in downtown Cimarron where they serve fabulous margaritas! Our second and last morning we enjoyed a New Mexican breakfast that was very yummy. Jan, the innkeeper and cook, is truly an inspired chef. We loved the Casa and look forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded Oct 26, 2021
Thank you for your much-valued feedback and review of the Casa del Gavilan. We are pleased to hear that you both enjoyed your stay at the Casa and the nearby sites in Cimarron. We hope your travels bring you here again in the not too distant future. Happy Trails! Kind Regards, Jan Innkeeper
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nypuck wrote a review Oct 2021
Santa Fe, New Mexico85 contributions101 helpful votes
We had wanted to explore the northeast corner of New Mexico and could not have found a better place to stay than Casa del Gavilan. From the moment we arrived, Innkeeper Jan made us feel welcome and part of the “family.” Indeed, with the other guests there, it was like a family reunion: meeting interesting folks and enjoying the beauties the inn has to offer, which are many. We stayed in the Phillips Room, spacious and comfortable, with a wood burning fireplace I wished we could have used (though it was not cold enough for that while we were there) and a huge bathroom. There are several gathering places throughout the inn, all suitably and comfortably furnished, and the courtyard was a lovely place to sit back and take in the plantings and the numerous birds flitting about over a glass of wine. Just outside the back gate is a seating area facing the stunning Tooth of Time mountain ridge, perfect for relaxing and watching the sunset. From the front porch there is a clear view to the east over the Both Jan and Annette were so friendly and helpful, with all manner of information about the area to share, as well as the history of the inn which fills every corner of this wonderful place. We couldn’t have been happier staying here and wished that our stay could have been longer than the two nights we spent. We’ll certainly look forward to returning as soon as we can!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Dave Emery, Owner at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Oct 16, 2021
Greetings from the Casa del Gavilan! Thank you for your much-appreciated feedback of your recent stay at the Casa! It was SUCH a delight having you both stay with us ~ and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the surrounding areas in this 'NE corner' of the Land of Enchantment! We truly look forward to seeing you both again soon! Happy Trails until then (: ~ Warm Regards, Jan Innkeeper
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KMc-NM wrote a review Oct 2021
C296 contributions144 helpful votes
We only spent one night, arrived late, left after breakfast, but we'll be back! Casa de Gavilan is in an idyllic spot. The inn is beautiful with several common spaces for relaxing. We were warmly welcomed even though we arrived late at night. Our room (Phillips) was comfortable and well-equipped. Huge bathroom. It (along with most of the other rooms) is off a central courtyard. Breakfast was delicious -- frittata with sausage and veggies (served with plant-based sausage for the vegetarians), apple muffins, and yogurt parfaits plus juice and coffee. Portions were just right. Wish we'd had more time to explore the property, both inside and out.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Dave Emery, Owner at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Oct 5, 2021
Thank you very much for your appreciated feedback and positive comments regarding your experience at the Casa del Gavilan! It was a true pleasure meeting both of you and we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed yourselves! We greatly look forward to seeing you both again in the near future! Warm Regards, Jan Innkeeper
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Bridget O wrote a review Aug 2021
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Staying at the Casa was absolutely amazing! Our inkeeper was so friendly, helpful and obliging...so eager to help us enjoy the house, grounds, and town. The house itself is magnificent and impeccably kept, while the rooms are clean, beautifully furnished and spacious, yet cozy. The breakfasts are amazing and I've discovered nothing more relaxing than sipping their delicious coffee outside in the courtyard while watching hummingbirds feed. I can't say enough about the Casa and can't wait to return..truly a piece of heaven!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Be sure to grab dinner prior to arriving...although a guest kitchen is available as well!
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Responded Aug 3, 2021
Thank you, Bridget, for your much-valued feedback and lovely review of the Casa del Gavilan! It was such a delight having you both stay with us and we're very glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you both again sometime soon! All the Best, Jan Innkeeper
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720kimberlyS wrote a review Jul 2021
Northampton27 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed at the Casa for two nights. Our host Jan, was kind, knowledgeable about the local area, and an incredible cook. The breakfast each morning was delicious. Jan accommodated our dietary needs, which was made easier since we wrote to her ahead of time. The grounds are stunning; we hiked the 2 mile trail around the property - saw cattle, prairie dogs, and pronghorn antelope. The hummingbirds in the courtyard were so pretty! We enjoyed wandering around the common rooms looking at the art and pictures of the original owner and his family. This is a very special place to unwind, read, make some new friends, and forget about the hustle and bustle of life.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Jan Innkeeper, Innkeeper at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Jul 20, 2021
Hi Kimberly, Thank you for your much-appreciated feedback and positive comments. We are delighted that you two enjoyed your stay at the Casa and exploring the area! We enjoyed your lovely presence and positive energy - and hope your travels bring you back to the Casa in the near future! Warmly, Jan Innkeeper
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Erin N wrote a review Apr 2021
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My husband and I stayed at the Casa for our 15th anniversary and we can't say enough good things about it! We arrived at night and were greeted by Jan who had started a roaring fire for us in the main house. We stayed in the Philips room with the fireplace. We were supplied with lots of pinon pine wood that smelled amazing when burning. The inn was clean and full of interesting things to read and look at. Breakfast made by Jan was absolutely delicious! Jan herself is a wonderful innkeeper- thoughtful, kind, hardworking, full of knowledge of the area. There is a small kitchen that guests can use as well as a small fridge for storing items. We hiked the property, walked to main road and back and saw antelope and gorgeous views. If you are looking for a quiet, historic, thoughtful place to relax- this is it. There are no tvs or phone provided in the rooms, which we found refreshing. We had dinner one night at the St. James Hotel and really enjoyed it. There is a new coffee shop in the very small town- be sure to check it out! We will definitely be back to this hidden gem!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Jan Drover, Innkeeper at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Apr 9, 2021
Thank you, Erin, for your much-valued feedback and lovely review of the Casa del Gavilan! It was such a delight having you both stay with us and we're very glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you both again sometime soon! All the Best, Jan Innkeeper
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BKandCB wrote a review Oct 2020
Santa Fe, New Mexico595 contributions381 helpful votes
My husband and I recently returned from the Casa and continue to rave about our little getaway! The location can't be beat............quiet, serene and beyond lovely. Jan, the innkeeper, was an excellent hostess and always available for suggestions and great conversation about the history of Casa del Gavalan and its environs. We enjoyed her home style breakfasts and had two tasty dinners at the nearby hotel St. James. Our room was Nairn, the largest and so comfortable in every way. The house itself is a trip down history lane and the cozy fireplace was perfect for our cool evenings. Great hiking nearby with 2 smaller trails on the property.....this is a gorgeous time to visit with all the fall colors at peak viewing. All Covid guidelines are observed and we were very comfortable being guests at this property.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Jan Drover, Innkeeper at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Oct 5, 2020
Hi BK, Thank you very much for your much-appreciated feedback and comments. It was a true delight having you and your friends stay with us and are thrilled you had an enjoyable and comfortable time! We hope to have you visit with us again in the not too distant future. In the meantime, Happy Trails! Warm Regards, Jan (-:
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Michelle G wrote a review Aug 2020
8 contributions18 helpful votes
My family of three stayed at the inn for 2 nights. This place is an oasis right by the mountains and the Tooth of Time; really the best view of this significant Santa Fe Trail landmark. Super vistas from all places on the property - mountains, great view of the Philmont Ranch, and Eastern plains. The patio was a tranquil place to hang out with multiple fountains. Each morning and evening watched the hummingbirds and ate on the patio for take out dinner from the St. James hotel in town. Breakfast was superb - unique menu each morning and gourmet. Ate once in the dining room and once on patio. Excellent! The innkeeper, Jan, was a pleasure to chat with and helpful in many ways. We stayed in the Maxwell/Miranda guest house. Worked well with two bedrooms and Jack n' Jill bathroom. Accessibility is dependent on your particular situation. If 100% electric wheelchair bound, this inn would be difficult to maneuver, but if general mobility issues - then this should work just fine for you. Please contact inn directly to discuss. They were able to accommodate a family member with mobility difficulties and went out of their way to help. This hotel was on top of COVID guidelines and use of masks, gloves, separation, etc.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Jan Drover, Innkeeper at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Sep 1, 2020
Dear MG, Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful feedback regarding your stay at the Casa del Gavilan, and the positive energy you shared with us. We are delighted to hear that your lovely family enjoyed your visit and look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the near future. Warm and Safe Regards ~ Jan Innkeeper
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Nelson Family wrote a review Aug 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico7 contributions
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Our family had a wonderful stay at this magical place! Jan the innkeeper was so amazing and accommodating we could not have had a better time. The breakfast was delicious and we had a great time exploring the hiking trails. It was peaceful and so beautiful. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Jan Drover, Innkeeper at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you for your feedback and kind comments! It was a true pleasure having you and your lovely family stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a great rest of your summer (-:
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$184 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesNew MexicoCimarron
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn?
Nearby attractions include Philmont Scout Ranch (1.4 miles), Aztec Mill (5.0 miles), and National Scouting Museum - Philmont Scout Ranch (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chase Ranch Museum (8.2 miles).
Does Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.