Calamity Jane’s Restaurant
In the March 2016 issue, New Mexico Magazine mentioned Calamity Jane’s restaurant in the “where to eat now” section under worth the drive – on the Enchanted Circle: Calamity Jane’s is in an old hotel in Eagle Nest. Order the hand-breaded chicken-fried steak.
STEP BACK IN TIME & ENJOY
Our restaurant is a culinary delight set in an 1890s hotel lobby at Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon Boardwalk in Eagle Nest. We feature authentic New Mexican and Southwestern cuisine with a twist. Open for lunch & dinner. Large menu with great variety. Children’s favorites on their own menu. New menu items added along with a vegetarian menu.
Some lunch favorites are:
- Green chile stew
- Taco salad
- Ultimate nachos & tacos
- Monte Cristo Sandwich
Some dinner favorites are:
- Chicken fried steak
- Burritos & enchiladas
- New York Strip Steak
- BBQ Brisket
When you are sitting in the Laguna Vista Restaurant, you are actually sitting in the lobby of a hotel from another century.
From here, you can gaze out windows upon one of the routes of the historic Santa Fe Trail.
This hotel is constructed of rejected railroad ties. The gold mining camp of Elizabethtown, 5 miles north of here, was founded in 1867 and one of the it’s residents, a would-be innkeeper, transported the ties from Ute Park to Elizabethtown for two summers. He left for the winter and returned the next spring to discover all the building materials had been stolen.
The Santa Fe Trail had a new hotel, in the future town Therma (which has been called Eagle Nest since 1935), the El Monte Hotel.
Yes, you are sitting in what was the lobby of the El Monte Hotel, which was built with those stolen railroad ties.
The new hotel was very popular with the New Mexico Governors’ entourage and the well-to-do Santa Fe aristocrats because it is about half way to Raton, which had horseracing.
By mid-morning, slot machines and music started humming on the boardwalks, the enticing action stopped those riding by.
It was illegal. But in those days the State Governors told the law to overlook the gambling and the ladies-of-the-night in all the little tourist towns as New Mexico needed the out-of-state money.