THINGS TO DO IN RATON, NEW MEXICO
Take a swim and relax. Lap lanes, kiddie pool, tunnel slide, whirlpool, climbing wall, and oh-so-much-more!
Tucked up against Ted Turner's famed Vermejo Park Ranch, the Raton Country Club offers players an unique opportunity to play 9 holes of golf in one of the truly untouched regions in the country. Depending on the season, wild turkey, bear, deer, elk and more can be viewed from the greens.
Climax Canyon Park & Nature Trail
Named after an abandoned coal mine and located at the end of Apache Avenue just blocks from downtown Raton. Offers a several mile multi-loop nature trail with breathtaking views of Raton and the surrounding landscape. Wildlife viewing opportunities. Article or Map.
Enjoy a feature film or a special event during your stay in Raton. This wonderful restored movie theater has lots of history.
Enjoy a hometown parade, fun all day in Ripley park with Raton MainStreet, and amazing fireworks.
Enjoy retro-style bowling at the Spur Lanes! Call first.
Get a full list of Raton's updated recreation events on our website: www.ratonrecreation.com
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Historic First Street
The Raton Downtown Historic District is a Registered Historic District. The district is bounded on the north by Clark Avenue and on the south by Rio Grande Avenue. On the east the district is bounded by First Street, and on the west the district is bounded by Third Street. The district covers about 200 acres and contains 95 significant buildings. Self Guided walking tour available at the Raton Museum.
The first concrete evidence that an asteroid impact ended the Cretaceous Period was the discovery of an iridium-rich layer marking the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary. One area where this layer is exposed is in several places in Raton, New Mexico. If you go up the road towards "Goat Hill" the iridium layer is up to the right at the dirt road intersection. Or better yet, ask a local. Here's a Map.
Home of the “Raton” sign. Offers spectacular panoramic views of the area. Interpretive signs with brief history of Raton (formerly Willow Springs). Can be accessed by car...but the road is very bad, (think pothole that could swallow a Volkswagen bug) so we recommend a car with clearance or parking lower and walking. Worth the effort!
Enjoy one of Raton's city parks and playgrounds with your kiddos!
July: Raton's annual balloon rally! Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the early morning and watch the balloons fly up, up and away!
Need more ideas? The New Mexico Visitor Information Center is located on 100 Clayton Road. They have a wealth of information about Raton and the surrounding areas. You can also call them at 575-445-2761 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Pass Gallery
Home of the Raton Arts and Humanities Council. Displays local, regional, and national art. Hosts regular art shows. Find them on Facebook.
Located in the heart of downtown Raton (108 South Second Street). Features exhibits related to Raton’s ranching, mining, Santa Fe Trail and railroad history.
Free and open to the public. Come by and pick up the walking tour of the downtown Raton historic district.
Summer: 10am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday
Winter: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Saturday
Just a couple of blocks from the Amtrak train station, the Scouting Museum, devoted to all things Boy Scout, is a must-see for anyone planning a visit to Philmont Scout Ranch or interested in Scouting.
The historic Shuler Theater in downtown Raton, New Mexico, is a state landmark and remains the center for performing arts in northeastern New Mexico.
January 1 Come chill out! Dive in at Sugarite State Park.
September: Adventure Race/Relay. Run, Paddle, Bike and Shoot your way to be the Master of the Mountains.
June Raton PRCA Rodeo. Co-sanctioned rodeo at the Jim Young Arena, Raton.
From sitting in a neighborhood to playing a round of golf, everywhere you go, we've got wildlife! Come and see us.
JUST OUT OF TOWN
Capulin Volcano National Monument, located just to the East of Raton, is an example of an extinct cinder cone volcano that is part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. A paved road spirals around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim. Hiking trails circle the rim as well as lead down into the mouth of the volcano.
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