FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Cimarroncita?
Cimarroncita, an historic ranch retreat in the Southern Rocky Mountains of northeastern
New Mexico, is at once a place and an experience. A place rich in beauty and history;
an experience of the restorative values of nature, the excitement of high country adventure,
and the luxury of peace and quiet.
What is the history of Cimarroncita?
First established as a tourist retreat in 1908 and operated as a ranch camp for 65 years from 1931 through 1995, Cimarroncita honors the vintage charm of its Old West roots and preserves the spirit and soul of the land and its wildlife. The facilities and historic buildings of Cimarroncita have evolved over the last century, with changing uses over the decades. Among the earliest buildings are the vintage tourist lodging and Dining Hall, built by the St. Louis, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Railway in the first decade of the 1900s. Additional buildings were constructed for use during the decades of Cimarroncita Ranch Camp seasons. The buildings and facilities at Cimarroncita have a long history of adaptive reuse which continues to the present.
Where is Cimarroncita?
Cimarroncita is located in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Southern Rocky Mountains of northeastern New Mexico, on Highway 64 between Taos and Raton at Ute Park. This highway through the Cimarron Canyon connects the state's most beautiful "scenic byways", The Enchanted Circle and The Santa Fe Trail. Elevation ranges from 7300 feet at the valley floor, to 9400 feet at its highest peaks.
Location details, driving directions and map.
What is the climate?
From May through September Cimarroncita enjoys the high Rocky Mountain spring and summer climate, with overnight temperatures of 40-50 F, and highs of 70-80 F at midday. Summer afternoon rainstorms typically clear out before nightfall,
allowing a clear view of the spectacular night sky.
What are the accommodations?
Cimarroncita's "roughing it deluxe in style" accommodations are well-appointed renovated guest quarters in historic lodging. Guests reside in "Laguna Lodge", tourist quarters built by the St. Louis, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Railway in the early 1900s. Additional lodging is availaibe in Isleta Cabin, an historic log cabin with large fireplace. Dining is a delight in the "Frijoles Dining Hall". Other facilities include the River Cabin and the Kiva Studios.
What kind of food do we eat and where it is served?
Our chef Bennett Strahan prepares old ranch, family style meals with a gourmet attitude, featuring continental European and American dishes. Meals are served in the historic "Frijoles" dining hall. Three hearty meals per day include a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatos or pancakes as well as a variety of breakfast cereals, yogurt, fruits and breakfast breads and pastries. Lunch selections include gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Evening three-course dinner menus are posted each day. Snacks are available all day in the dining room. Guests gather each afternoon for a pre-dinner social hour. Vegetarian meals are always an option. We can accommodate any special dietary needs, please let us know of these needs when you book your stay. More details. .
Are there medical facilities?
Cimarroncita has no medical treatment facilities and offers no medical treatment. Local emergency medical personnel are on-call 24 hours and are within fifteen miles. Nearest hospitals are in Raton and Taos, each within 50 miles. Cimarroncita
assumes no liability and requires a signed medical waiver and release of claims. Persons with medical concerns should consult their private physicians.
What clothes and other things should I bring?
Layering is the key to comfort at Cimarroncita. Comfortable clothes and shoes, including a selection of shorts and long pants, short and long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirt, jacket, and rain gear. Foot gear includes sport sandals, athletic shoes and/ or and light hiking boots. For hiking, a small day pack or hip back and a liner pair and a heavier pair of socks. Sun protection with hats, sun glasses, lip balm and sunscreen are recommended. Binoculars, gloves, flashlight, bandana, water bottle, and pocket knife all come in handy. Bathrobe and slippers are provided for guest use.
What is sold in the trading post?
Cimarroncita's Trading Post features unique vintage finds, legendary camp shirts, western wear and cowboy boots, as well as Southwest and Mexican silver jewlery, CRC inspired silver silver jewlery and buckles by CRC silversmith Tim Nielsen. Regional arts and crafts, literature and nature guide books are popular. Cimarroncita branded hats, shirts, and sweatshirts are favorites. Boxes of hand-selected trout flies are avaialable, travel necessities are kept in good supply.
Is email available?
Although most guests enjoy the escape from their electronic connections and all are encouraged to leave the bustle behind, guests have easy access to phone and email.
Will my cell phone work at Cimarroncita?
Depending on your service provider, some cell phones work and some do not. The Cimarroncita land line is always available for emergency contacts.
How can my family or colleagues contact me?
The land line telephone number at Cimarroncita is 575-376-2376.
Mail can be received c/o Cimarroncita, P.O. Box 68, Ute Park, NM 87749.
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