LODGING, DINING AND OTHER FACILITIES
Cimarroncita’s heritage lodging and dining facilities enliven the historic buildings constructed in 1908 as the wilderness resort of the St. Louis, Rocky Mountain and Pacific railway line. Laguna Lodge and Isleta Cabin serve as the primary sleeping quarters; Frijoles contains the dining room, lobby, library and porches. Other facilities include the Kiva with its large dance studio and arts and crafts workshop, the Trading Post Park and Trading Post, the River Cabin, outdoor sites along the Cimarron River, as well as back country field camp sites.
Cimarroncita's classic vintage accommodations are well-appointed renovated guest quarters in heritage lodging. Guests reside in "Laguna Lodge", tourist quarters built by the St. Louis, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Railway in the early 1900s for the railway's wilderness tourist resort which opened in 1908. Additional lodging is available in Isleta Cabin, an historic log cabin. All guests are indulged with the elegant comfort of fine bed linens, cozy comforters, an endless supply of plush cotton towels, terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, and individual Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Laguna's seven sleeping rooms are surrounded by generous screened
porches which give access to the four shared bathrooms, two with vintage clawfoot bathtub and shower, and two with showers. Four intimate private rooms are equiped with queen beds for single or double occupancy; one large private room has two full double beds; two shared sleeping rooms feature generous twin size bunk beds.
A classic one-room cabin with a generous porch, Isleta Cabin
features six large bunk beds and a full private bath.
FRIJOLES DINING, PORCHES AND LIBRARY
Frijoles Dining Hall was constructed in 1908 as a dining companion to the Laguna Lodge. Here guests gather and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a comfortable and welcoming space for conversation, games, puzzles, music and reading. Delicious and hearty meals are served in the spacious dining area which features a fireplace and is decorated with a mural painted in the 1930s by New Mexico painter and muralist Harry Garrison Miller, Jr.
Bennett Strahan is the Cimarroncita chef and master of the Frijoles Kitchen, presenting old ranch, family style meals with a gourmet attitude, featuring continental European and American dishes. Raised on a Wyoming ranch, Bennett spent many summers in camps of the National Park system as his father constructed National Park buildings. Bennett’s passion for cooking was ignited when he was a student in the mid-1960s at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesen West and its summer program at American School in Lugano, Switzerland. In Lugano Bennett took the culinary classes offered by the head chef of the American School and then implemented his teachings at Taliesen West where students participated in the whole life experience, with duties in construction as well as in the kitchen. Bennett’s professional design focus of hotels, hospitality and resort architecture required a specialty focus on kitchen design; in this work he acquired insights about the qualities and nature of guest dining from many well-known hospitality chefs. Bennett’s rich life experience informs his delighted approach to designing delicious meals and menus for Cimarroncita’s guests.
The Frijoles Porch Lobby offers a comfortable greeting and meeting area adjacent to the dining hall. The Frijoles Library provides a fine collection of books, games and music for guest use.
The Kiva, a large open building of 2000 square feet with oak floor and fabulous views is a special place for meetings, dancing and fitness exercise. The Kiva Arts and Crafts Studio offers a well-equiped studio workshop for creative endeavors.
The large windows of the Kiva open to the fresh air and a spectacular view across the valley.
TRADING POST PARK
Trading Post Park is a shady park under a high canopy of trees, a center of activity with tables and chairs for al fresco dining and relaxing. Guests love to settle in the comfortable adirondack chairs and enjoy great views, long visits, good books. Evening campfires at the Trading Post Park cap off delightful sparkling summer days.
THE CIMARRONCITA TRADING POST
It's fun to browse and buy at The Cimarroncita Trading Post with its treasured Southwest and Mexico silver jewlery, vintage boots and legendary camp shirts, and the new "Cimarroncita Silver Collection" jewelry handcrafted by CRC Silversmith Tim Nielsen including the traditional CRC Chief's Bracelet, branded signet rings and stylized southwestern buckles. Also availiable are arts, crafts and collectibles of the Southwest, regional books, post cards, posters and Cimarroncita clothing and hats. Travel necessities are kept in good supply. Trading Post items are available for purchase either at Cimarroncita, or through The Cimarroncita Trading Post on this website.
CIMARRON RIVER PARKS AND CABIN
The Cimarron River flows through Cimarroncita for approximately 2 miles, offering some of the best private water fly fishing in the Southwest. See Dream Water Fly Fishing page for more information about our Fishing Program.
The Cimarron River creates a unique riparian river park offering delightful nature walks featuring wildlife, birds and plants. Tucked alongside the River are two special Cimarroncita venues, the River Cabin and the River Campfire Park.
The River Cabin
The River Cabin is a bright one-room cabin on the banks of the Cimarron River which serves as headquarters for activities on the Dream Water. In summer it's shady park is is a relaxing place to sit and listen to the sounds of nature, to watch the movement of the river and the sky. Al fresco meals are served on the banks of the River and, on chilly days, on the cabin porch or inside the cozy cabin.
The River Campfire Park
An intimate park opens along the river bank, with a fire ring for a blazing campfire on a chilly night, the site of the River Cookout, a western barbeque serving hearty T-bone steaks, baked potatos, ranch beans, salad and all the fixins. Enjoy your meal as the sun sets over Baldy, watch the night sky emerge as cowboy and camp songs fill the night air around the campfire. The white linen River Cookout is available with group bookings.
MEETING UP WITH NATURE
Cimarroncita is surrounded by a protected state wildlife preserve and vast undeveloped private lands. Cimaroncita offers a variety of natural habitats including Alpine meadows, conifer forests and a two-mile stretch of the Cimarron River, known to flyfishers as the "Dream Water of the Cimarron River." Here one can experience the restorative values of nature and its abundant native plants, birds and animals, whether with a walk along the Cimarron River, or a guided hike up into the high country.
INTERFACE WITH WILDLANDS /
HISTORIC RESTORATION CONTINUES
Cimarroncita’s lodging, dining and activities facilities are located within a large compound that also incorporates a headquarters building, the Cimarroncita Archives building, staff housing buildings, working carpenter and other shops, garages, stables, equipment yards as well as historic buildings not currently in use. The compound landscaping is maintained in a manner as natural as possible, in interface with the surrounding wildlands. Our wild yellow roses, hollyhocks, delphinium, morning glories, sweet peas, poppies, wild iris and columbine attract wildlife and birds. A swimming pool not currently in use is in a transition phase, with the space to be transformed into a larger potager, or “kitchen garden”, enabling Cimarroncita to expand its farm to table fresh produce offerings. Guests appreciate that the Cimarroncita compound grounds live in harmony with the surrounding wilderness, and that buildings and uses transition through the ever on-going restoration of this historic property.
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