Day Trips from Raton

Updated: Jul 28

by Patricia Duran

We invite you to explore Raton and our surrounding area because there’s a hidden experience for everyone!

The Palisades - Photo by Marty Mayfield


Cimarron

This one can be curated for the whole family, but we recommend several activities: enjoy a meal and hunt ghosts at the historic St. James Hotel; snap some Instagram-worthy views of the Palisades Sill, or spend the day camping, fishing, river walking with water shoes, or hiking in Cimarron Canyon. On your way, you might even spot a herd of buffalo! Don’t forget you can always bend an elbow at Blu Dragonfly Brewing Co. or enjoy a strawberry sundae at the Cree-Mee Drive In.

Photo by Marty Mayfield


Capulin Volcano

Have you ever hiked a volcano before? If not, now is your chance! Thirty minutes from Raton is Capulin Volcano and its surrounding bluffs. Extinct now, but the site is one to behold as you can view five different states from the top point of your trek: New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.


Photos by Marty Mayfield


Scenic Highway of Yankee Canyon and Johnson Mesa

Our favorite afternoon trip is taking friends and family up to Johnson Mesa to view grazing cattle and wildlife, the high points of the Rocky Mountain Range and volcano remnants. The Mesa is peaceful and inviting. Make sure you spend time to visit and play piano at Johnson Mesa Church, standing since 1897. Also, you might fall in love and say, “Awe!” to baby deer on the drive up!


Photo by Marty Mayfield


The Enchanted Circle

From Eagle Nest to Angel Fire to Red River, you have many activities and cultural points of interest to choose from! Skiing, eating, shopping, and touring. We recommend a winter day trip to Angel Fire Resort or a fall day trip to the Taos Pueblos. You can start and end your day with a scenic route to and from Raton.



NRA Whittington Center

This one is for our hunters and shooters! The center is less than 15 minutes from town and equipped with a museum, rental facilities, and camping sites. Take advantage of training to hit the bullseye at the shooting ranges or a guided hunt for turkey and elk. Jerky anyone? Yeah, we thought so! Additionally, you can venture into an old mine on the property with signs and ruins.

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