Eklund Hotel, Dining Room and Saloon

Union County New Mexico

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Photo by Michael E. Pitel

The Eklund is a three-story, native sandstone building, built 1892-1905 by Swedish immigrant Carl Eklund. After a complete renovation, the hotel was reopened in 2004, providing guests with “A Bit of the Old West” accompanied by modern convenience. The lavish dining room boasts reproductions of antique crystal chandeliers and serves delicious New Mexican food and juicy steaks along with other hearty fare. Don’t miss the saloon with its antique bar and back-bar allegedly won by Mr. Eklund in a poker game in the 1890’s!

Once the most lavish hotel in NE New Mexico, the Eklund Hotel prospered after the arrival of the Colorado and Southern Railroad in 1890. Today it is the only historic hotel along the Cimarron Route of the Santa Fe Trail between Cimarron, KS and Cimarron, NM.

The Eklund Hotel is located at the west end of downtown Clayton, NM just east of the railroad tracks, one block south of city hall. Clayton, the Union County seat, has approximately 2,500 residents.