Step back in time,
and prepare to be inspired.

“…(we) drove back to Texas through the northern tip of New Mexico and stopped for the night at Clayton, a short distance from the Texas state line. We walked…to a nineteenth-century hotel named the Eklund and had dinner in a dining room paneled with hand-carved mahogany. The hotel was three stories, built of quarried stone, anchored in the hardpan like a fortress against the wind,

 …On the wall of the small lobby was a framed photograph of the outlaw Black Jack Ketchum being fitted with a noose on a freshly carpentered scaffold. Another photograph showed him after the trapdoor had collapsed under his feet. Most of the patrons entering or leaving the dining room were local people and took no notice of the photographic display…(we) walked outside under a turquoise sky…I looked back over my shoulder at the stone rigidity of the hotel and its scrolled-iron colonnade…and I wondered if cattle and railroad barons had hosted champagne dinners in the hotel dining room, or if cowboys off the Goodnight-Love Trail had knocked back busthead whiskey in the saloon and shot holes in the ceiling with their six shooters…But I think it was all of the above, truly the West.”        ~excerpt from BITTERROOT, a novel by James Lee Burke

Recent Reviews

Hotel from the 1800's - reclaimed and restored.

Great experience. The experience and ambiance more than made up for the smallish room. Spotlessly clean, current beds and furnishings. It was like stepping back in history. Definitely encourage those passing through Clayton to stay at this hotel.

Very quaint, historic hotel.

A friend recommended this hotel as a layover for our motorcycle trip through NM to Pikes Peak. Very clean, very friendly staff. The food in the hotel restaurant is delicious. This is a very old hotel but very well maintained. If you are looking for a modern chain hotel, this is not it. But, this hotel is very reasonably priced and I would recommend it. We will stay here again if we do pass back through.

"A Hidden Treasure"

We stumbled upon this historic treasure quite be accident as we were traveling east from Colorado. The genuine, pleasant staff quickly put us at ease with smiling faces and wonderful dining. We had the grilled samon with sauteed green beans, and delicious beef burgers cooked to perfection. The quality of the beds and sheets are superb. The patio looks very inviting and I will extend our stay in order to relax and enjoy it.The Eklund made a hard trip enjoyable.

A wonderful historic hotel!

Don't miss this historic gem of a hotel from the late 1800's! This hotel was a perfect overnight stop after visiting Aspen and Vail, Colorado. Wonderfully restored hotel with historical ambience that will make you think you stepped back in time! We savored every moment!

Our room was clean and comfortable, with soft lace curtains. The shower was a delight too. We loved the liquid wild floral scented soap in the shower! Nice touch! Don't forget to patronize the original historic bar at the hotel! Great place in the evening to meet hotel guests and local cowboys and ranchers coming in for a good meal and a sip of suds. A friendly place to unwind! Whenever our adventures from Texas takes us to Colorado, this will now be a must stop coming and going! Thank you Hotel Eklund for creating a most memorable experience for us!!!


We were traveling from Colorado and decided to get off of the beaten path. I also like to stay in different types of hotels and this historic gem fit the bill; I chose it based on good reviews. The lady who answered the phone was pleasant and stayed late for us to check in. The room was clean, the bathroom was clean and the bed was clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay there again.


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