Raton (pop 7,400) is a jewel of a New Mexican town, nestled at an elevation of 6600 feet at the foot of the Rocky Mountains on the Colorado/New Mexico border. Most noted for its proximity to Raton Pass, which at 7834 feet was one of the most difficult portions of the historic Santa Fe Trail, the town of Raton is a small mountain outpost that is a dramatic contrast from other areas of northeastern New Mexico. Raton offers Outdoor enthusiasts a good variety of year-round recreational activities to fill their days.
Visitors will find a good variety of accommodations in Raton. There are also good dining options in Raton, with a variety of options ranging from American fast food fare to local cultural favorites, Mexican, American, and Italian cuisine.
Raton is best accessed from Denver, Colorado via South I-25, from Albuquerque via North I-25, and Amarillo, Texas via West Highway 87. To learn more about Raton, select a topic of interest from the left-hand navigation bar.
If your into outdoor activities, you'll find it hard to beat all that Raton and it's surrounding area has to offer, all year round.
Fishing - A variety of fishing opportunities exists in the beautiful Raton area. Local streams and lakes are stocked with a wide variety of fish including Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Perch, Pike, Salmon, Sunfish, Trout, & Walleye.
Hunting - Hunting opportunities abound in the Raton area. Species include Elk, Deer, Antelope, Turkey, Bear and Cougar. The hunting units included in this area are 54, 55A, 56 & 57. Hunting licenses can be obtained over the counter (OTC), by state draw or through landowners.
Raton Museum - The Raton Museum will sweep you back into that history by putting you in touch with the very items folks in these parts used in their daily lives as far back as 1800. The museum, created by the Raton Historical Society in 1939, has shown its vast collection in numerous buildings around the city. It has occupied its current building on First Street since the late 1960s. There's plenty to see at the Raton Museum, where relics whisper of the past; where Raton's history has a permanent home.
Old Pass Gallery - Perhaps no single place sums up the vibrancy and earthiness of authentic Southwestern art as does The Old Pass Gallery. It's the region's premier venue for a wealth of creative expression. Operated from a restored Wells Fargo Express building situated along the Santa Fe Railroad, the gallery offers original, sometimes surprising views of the people, places, and objects that represent the great Southwest.
Shuler Theater - Taking in a performance in the Shuler Theater is like taking a trip back to the turn of the last century, when artists performed in theaters that were even more elaborately appointed than the performances themselves. The Shuler Theater truly is a highlight of any tour of Raton. The building is known for it European Rococo style and near-perfect acoustics. Today it is host to a wide array of stage presentations and top performers, encompassing everything from Broadway, ballet and opera to jazz, folk music and magic.
Dorsey Mansion - A tour of this fabled former home of U.S. Senator Stephen W. Dorsey from Arkansas can't begin to tell the triumph and tragedy of the man himself, but it will give you an idea of how that man thought when he built one of Colfax County's most elaborate dwellings. The mansion in question, complete with art gallery, billiard room, library, nine bedrooms, 60-person dining room, and a cherry wood staircase from Chicago, is located at Chico Springs, about 50 miles southeast of Raton.
Raton Trail Days (June)
Annual International-Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally (July)
International Art Show (September)