Unique Wild West Experience, Modern Amenities

The original part of the structure, now serving as our saloon, was built in 1892 and operated as a saloon and gambling hall; the property was purchased by Carl Eklund in 1894 and during the following years was expanded in phases to its present configuration. The current owners, Keith and Jeannette Barras, both professional architects with experience in the restoration and preservation of historic properties, purchased the hotel in 2011 and are directly involved in day to day management.

The historic Hotel Eklund currently has 24 guest rooms, as well as 2 dining rooms and one of New Mexico’s most iconic bars. We serve delicious steaks, authentic New Mexican dishes, and classic comfort foods, along with an excellent selection of regional beers and wines. For over 100 years The Eklund has been Clayton’s premier boutique hotel, dedicated to preserving the Wild West Experience for the modern traveler.


Our hotel rooms, which were extensively remodeled in 2004, are comfortable and unique. We treat our hotel guests like family, and we are pet friendly. Whether you have business in Clayton or are just passing through, we are delighted to have you wine, dine, and recline with us!

We are pleased to be listed and reviewed on the various travel sites, but we encourage you to call us directly to book your rooms, as we have discounts available that are not listed with third party booking services.


Our staff is passionate about producing a broad menu at reasonable prices. From steak dinners to chile cheese fries, we are certain you and your family can find something you’ll love. We are also fully equipped to handle all your event and catering needs.


Some folks consider Clayton 'out of the way'... but in fact, we're actually 'ON the way' for thousands of travelers to and from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, including professional musicians who normally perform at much larger venues. Locals and guests pay close attention to our Facebook page to see who decided to drop in! Be sure to check out our Entertainment page.

 We're even in the development stages of our own unique online audio channel, featuring original music by independent artists, and will be expanding our musical selection soon to include many of the artists who perform at The Eklund.