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.