The Wortley Hotel

Lincoln, New Mexico

Proprietors Vic and Cathy Garrison

(This is not a Picture of Vic)

The historic Wortley Hotel, formerly owned by Sheriff Pat Garrett, is located in scenic Lincoln, New Mexico, the former stomping grounds of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Billy the Kid broke out of jail for the last time in Lincoln, killing Deputy J. W. Bell and U. S. Marshall Bob Ollinger, in the process. Bob was eating at the Wortley, along with several prisoners from the jail, when the breakout occurred. It was his last meal.

Billy the Kid was considered too damned dangerous to be taken across the street and fed at the Wortley. He took his meals in the courthouse. He talked J. W. Bell into allowing him to go to the outhouse while everyone else was gone to lunch. On his way back from the outhouse, Billy overpowered and shot Bell.

When Ollinger heard the shot he dropped his fork and ran across the street. Billy let him have it with both barrels of his own shotgun. He died well fed. The management of the Wortley would like to point out:
  • We no longer feed prisoners.
  • The food is much better these days.
  • Carnage of this sort rarely occurs in modern day Lincoln, thus our motto, "No Guests Gunned Down in Over 100 Years".

Do you enjoy nightlife, bright lights, hustle & bustle and fast living? If you do, we don't have any of that here. You need to go to Las Vegas (the one in Nevada).

If you enjoy clean mountain air, rocking on the front porch, pitching horseshoes, listening to the quiet, rubbing elbows with colorful characters and exploring New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, have we got a place for you. Come and stay awhile.

The Hotel at the End of the Rainbow

The Wortley is for Sale

We have successfully run the Wortley for eight years and would like the opportunity to fish more, visit grand babies and partake in general R&R. We will miss the clean mountain air, rocking on the front porch, pitching horseshoes and rubbing elbows with colorful characters.

The Wortley has been completely renovated and is ready for you to come and put your personal stamp on this historical B & B. The hotel has seven bed rooms each with its own small bath room. In addition, we have an office (that could be converted to another bedroom), a dining room that can seat 35 to 40 and a fully appointed commercial kitchen.

Lincoln is a wonderful small historic community in which to work, raise a family or just plain live life to its fullest and enjoy. The property is listed at $435,000 which includes land, building, all contents (including antiques) and business.

Contact us; our contact info is listed on the bottom of this page.


We have collected a bunch of awards and favorable publicity over the years. Here are a few.

  • Best Restaurant in the West - True West Magazine.
  • Enchanted Hotels - New Mexico Magazine.
  • Best Heritage B & B - True West Magazine.
  • Trip Advisor User Recommendations.

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Proprietors: Victor and Cathy Garrison

Location: Highway 380, Lincoln, New Mexico 88338

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 236, Lincoln, New Mexico 88338

Phone: (575) 653-4300