Raton is filled with hidden gems for families to play and discover.
Raton offers several parks for playing, picnicking, and enjoying the outdoors. Activities range from playground fun to walking paths, hiking paths, basketball, baseball, football, and lots more.
Roundhouse Memorial Park
Home to the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Raton Regional Aquatic Center, Roundhouse Memorial Park is Located at 100 Memorial Lane. It is on the site of the old train roundhouse. The area still has retired railroad tracks. It features several miles of paved walking trails, the Santa Fe Trail interpretive garden, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, disc golf, and lots of open space. Parking is at the aquatic center or by Bonahoom field. Soon to come: sand volleyball!
Location: East 4th Street & Water, right next to Roundhouse Memorial Park and Longfellow Elementary school.
It is a softball field and offers parking for the Roundhouse Memorial walking paths.
Climax Canyon Park
Location: West end of Apache Ave. Home of the Climax Canyon Nature Trail. The 3 mile easy to moderate loop trail offer spectacular views of Raton, and the mountains, mesas, and high plains surrounding the area.
From the parking area, hike through gate and up road to the trail-head on the southwest end of gated service loop road. Pets on leash or within voice command are welcome. Download Trail Map 1 (pdf) Download Trail Map 2 (pdf)
In June of 2018 the National Park Service designated the Climax Canyon Nature Trail as a National Recreation Trail and part of the National Trails System. This national designation is awarded to a select number of trails annually that meet the criteria as set forth by the National Park Service. We are very proud to have been one of 17 trails in 2018 to have received this national designation. Climax Canyon Park is also the site of the City of Bethlehem, a life size nativity scene sponsored by the Raton Lion's Club on display from Thanksgiving to New Year's.
Gate City Sports Complex
Location: South 3rd Street next to the Convention Center (Ragsdale Field area on Google Maps)
The Ragsdale Field area is home to the Raton Tigers Football Stadium, along with soccer, baseball, and softball fields.
Location: East Cook & Martinez
Optimist Park South
Location: South 2nd and Kearney
Lots of playground space for the kids!
Location: North 2nd Street and Savage Avenue
Close to downtown Raton, this park is great for family functions. It has a playground, gazebo, open space, a view of the train depot, and a statue honoring the miners. The gazebo can be used for weddings or family gatherings. 575-445-9551 This is the location for summer music on MainStreet, Cinco de Mayo, and many other community events. This park was historically named Library Park.
Location: East 8th Street
Lots of open space and several playground areas. Sheltered picnic table.
Across from Legion Park and Gabrielle Field, the Veteran's park is a quiet spot with 4 benches and a memorial with flags representing the armed services. (photo courtesy Marty Mayfield)
Veterans Memorial Brick order information: Cost: $50/brick Need: Person’s name as it is to appear on the brick The branch of service they served in. The dates of service. If the person was KIA/MIAContact Raton Parks & Recreation to order or for more info. 575-445-2413