Chase Ranch Museum

17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714 - United States



Free Everyday

Founded in 1869, the Chase Ranch was successfully owned and operated by the Chase family for over 143 years. The historic adobe ranch house offers a glimpse of ranch life starting around the time of the Colfax County land grant war, through the territorial & statehood periods and into modern times.

This ranch and the Chase family where instrumental in transforming western ranching into what it is today. Gretchen Sammis was the last of the Chase family members to live on the ranch. She devoted her life to teaching in the public schools and taking care of her land and cattle. Gretchen was in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. On Gretchen’s death in 2012, the ranch fell under the directorship of the Chase Ranch Foundation.

The Chase Ranch Museum is located nine miles north of Philmont Scout Ranch Camping Headquarters on NM Highway 204. From the National Scouting Museum, take NM Highway 21 five miles north into Cimarron. Then, head east on Highway 64 for two miles before turning west onto NM Highway 204. The Chase Ranch Museum is located three miles down on your left.


Philmont Scout Ranch works closely with the Chase Ranch Foundation in continuing ranch operations and in maintaining the Chase Ranch House as a colorful, educational museum. Guided tours are available of the main house, grounds, orchards and tack room. Site includes restrooms, picnic amenities and a gift shop. The historic adobe ranch house showcases ranch life from the era of the Colfax County War through the territorial and statehood periods into the 21st Century. Family books and favorite mementos are on view throughout the home.

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