Laguna Vista

Laguna Vista Resort

On behalf of the entire staff, we would like to welcome you to the Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon website.

Historic Restaurant And Hotel Rated Best by Frommer’s Travel Guide

The Historic Restaurant is a culinary delight set in an 1890’s hotel lobby. Frommer’s Travel Guide rates us the best Restaurant and Hotel in the Valley and we were featured in the January 2002 issue of Sunset Magazine.

World Class Trout Fishing Lures Anglers

Post Card from the 1930’s “Beauties from Eagle Nest Lake, NM”

Eagle Nest Lake, right outside our back door, is world renown for trout fishing. Just over the pass, is the Cimarron River where the fly fishing is legendary.

Historic Hotel, Restaurant And Saloon Lure Visitors, Dead Or Alive

We have been told that the hotel has a lady ghost who lives upstairs and visits the dining room on occasion, using the hidden staircase. Our dining room was once the lobby of the El Monte Hotel, built circa 1890s. The Saloon dates back to 1898. Back then gold nuggets from the mining camps in Baldy Town & Elizabethtown passed over the gambling tables.

That’s over 110 years of history. Imagine New Mexico Governors and other well-to-do elite mixing with gold miners and mountain men in outlaw casinos and a hotel of ill repute.

Simply The Best Skiing You Can Find!

Nearby Ski Areas:

  • 10 minutes to Angel Fire
  • 10 minutes to Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area
  • 20 minutes to Red River
  • 45 minutes to Taos
  • 90 minutes to Santa Fe
  • Only minutes from ice fishing, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides.
Comfort Is Key In Lodging

Our spacious, immaculate rooms are newly remodeled with up-scaled Southwestern furnishings. All rooms have coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, 32″ flat screen TVs, DirecTV, Wi-Fi internet access, Blu-ray players, free movies, personal care amenities & security. Our Sportsman Cabins have a full kitchen & our 2 Bedroom Apartments have kitchenettes. Guest laundry. Indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, including a 50 foot stage, courtyard & picnic areas with new outdoor patio furniture. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Historic Saloon

The Historic Saloon and former Gambling & Dance Hall was a favorite watering hole of the Lonesome Dove movie crew.

Colorful locals and international tourists stop by for a drink often.

Our crew takes time out to pose before a busy shift.

Our Saloon dates back to 1898.

In the Saloon gold nuggets from the mining camps in Baldy Town & Elizabethtown passed over the gambling tables paying for refreshments made with shaved ice from the sawdust packed icehouses.

Elizabethtown is 5 miles north of here. It was founded in 1867 and had a population that approached 10,000. Today it hosts a museum. It was the first county seat in New Mexico and had hopes to replace Santa Fe.

Mining in Elizabethtown and Baldy Town eventually came to a stop because the longest aqueduct in the world never delivered enough water. The population dwindled and tourism died.

The upstairs of the original hotel became a house of ill repute. During a recent remodel, we discovered that the original wallpaper still stands under several upgrades made over the last 100+ years.

We have been told that the hotel has a lady ghost who lives upstairs and visits the Dining Room on occasion, using the hidden staircase. Psychics say there are many poltergeists in the building, but the Lady is the one most known to guests and staff.

History has it that a couple checked into the hotel on their honeymoon. A few days later, the new husband went hunting, never to return. His bride is still waiting for him.

Tours of the former hotel/brothel and of our signature guest rooms are available. 800-821-2093.