About Our Facilities
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, our beautiful 423-acre campus, with its newly opened state-of-the-art conference center, is ideal for whatever type of off-site class or meeting you are planning. Free yourself from the distractions of everyday life and join us in a place of simplicity and serenity. Breathe in the fresh air and explore nature and new cultures to help revitalize your group, build camaraderie, learn new skills and enable innovative thinking.
- Groups (up to 140)
- Auditorium (seats 200)
- Dining hall (140 seats)
- State-of-the-Art Meeting Rooms
- Classrooms and Library
- Outdoor Spiritual Center and Chapel
- Clements Conference Center
- Private and shared living options available in furnished casitas
- Bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms
- Living rooms with wood-burning fireplaces
- State-of-the-Art Teaching and Meeting Technology
- Wi-Fi Access
- IT Specialist Available
- Computer Lab and Art Studio
- Mountain Streams and Nature Trails
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Disc Golf Course
- Tennis Courts
- Meals prepared by executive chef with fresh, locally-grown organic food
| Nearby Activities:
- Cooking Classes
- Cultural and Historic Sites
- Fitness Classes
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
To view the full campus layout, please see our Campus Map.
Conferences & Retreats
For more information about group use of our facilities and our new state-of-the art Conference Center see Conferences & Retreats at SMU-in-Taos. For information regarding the cost of using our facilities, please see our 2014 – 2015 Fees & Rates.
Fort Burgwin supports a unique environment for learning. Though isolated in the ruggedly beautiful terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the fort facilities accommodate a wide range of educational, training and recreational pursuits. Located at an elevation of 7,500 feet within the Carson National Forest, Fort Burgwin lies near the juncture of two streams and is home to more than six different life zones supporting varied populations of plants and animals. Both nature and bicycle trails are located close by, as are several forest access roads and campsites.
The campus is located approximately eight miles south of Taos on New Mexico Highway 518 at mile marker 66.
To get to Fort Burgwin, see our Getting There information.
The campus is comprised of a variety of residential, meeting and academic facilities including both private and shared living options.
For shared living, twelve adobe dormitories (casitas), house a total of 108 program participants. Each casita has a sleeping area with bunk beds and a closet and drawers for every participant. Electrically heated, the casitas also include bath and shower facilities and a large common area with a wood-burning fireplace. For private living, we have furnished casitas with sleeping quarters, adjoining bathrooms and kitchens.
The old fort houses classrooms and office space, while the open-air courtyards serve as gathering areas for classes and leisure activities. The Wendorf Information Commons is home to the Fort Burgwin Library and computer lab. An archaeology laboratory, art studio, auditorium and dining hall support the academic life of the campus. Also on campus are laundry facilities, basketball and tennis courts and a sand volleyball court.
Please note that not all of our campus is wheelchair accessible, as described in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
Cellular and Wi-Fi Information
Our campus houses a roaming cellular tower that supports 2G/EDGE data only (3G, 4G, LTE is not supported). Please note, Virgin Mobile is not supported on campus. Depending on your plan, we recommend turning off cellular roaming while on campus so as not to incur extra charges. SMU-in-Taos provides a secure Wi-Fi network for students, faculty, conference participants, and registered guests.