Originally built in 1899, at an elevation of 9,000 ft above sea level, it was designed to be a residential hotel for timber cutters working for the Alamogordo and Sacramento Railroad. The Lodge was opened to the public in 1906. In 1911, The Lodge was rebuilt after it had burned down because of a nasty fire. It has been in business as an upscale hotel since then, and has been refurbished inside and out. Over the years, such personalities as Pancho Villa, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, have enjoyed staying at The Lodge. Plus, every New Mexico governor since 1901 has stayed here, which explains why one of The Lodge's rooms is called The Governor's Suite.