Raton is located at the junction of I-25 and Hwys 87/64 at the base of the Raton Pass, seven miles from the Colorado border. Raton’s transportation network is complemented by bus lines, AMTRAK rail service, and a general aviation airport. Being equidistant from the major metro areas of Denver, Albuquerque and Amarillo (224 miles), Raton offers a great get away location from the stress of big city life.
Discover Raton and enter the enchantment of the coal mining camps, Railroad Wars, and embrace the history of the Old West along the Santa Fe trail from atop the Raton Pass. Bring the family and vacation in Sugarite Canyon State Park, one of America’s premier parks, ranked 9th of 5,000 nationally.
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.
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 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.