Raton, New Mexico

Introduction to Raton, New Mexico

Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax county, is 93 miles S of Pueblo, Colorado and 135 miles S of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city has a population of 7,282.

Raton History

The town of Raton was originally founded at Willow Springs, a stop along the Santa Fe Trail. The land for the town was purchased through the Maxwell Land Grant in 1880, when the town came to be known as Raton. Raton is an important mining and ranching center for northeast New Mexico. The town is named after the Spanish word for mouse.

Raton and nearby Attractions

  • Ra’tn Museum
  • Sugarite Canyon State Park
  • Raton Municipal Golf Course
  • Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Raton Family History Center

Things To Do In Raton

The Sugarite Canyon State Park offers facilities for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and fishing. The NRA Whittington Center is the largest shooting range in the US, where visitors can enjoy skeet and high-power rifle shooting. One can also visit the historical La Mesa Park Racetrack and the Philmount Scout Ranch from Raton. Local festivals include the Balloon Rally and the International Santa Fe Trail. The Raton Municipal Golf Course provides facilities for golfers.

Raton Transportation

Pueblo Memorial Airport is nearby.

Raton Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Pueblo Community College, the University of Southern Colorado, New Mexico Highlands University and Adams State College.

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