Why is Raton, New Mexico the best place to plan your next RV trip? Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and common tourist destinations, to a slow-paced enjoyable vacation in a town nestled against the Rocky Mountains.
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Maybe you've passed through or filled up your gas tank in Raton, but we're most than just a pitstop. We're mountains, fresh air, wildlife, and relaxation. You deserve a break, and an affordable break, at that. Most of our outdoor recreational activities are no cost to low cost for the entire family to enjoy.
We know love is staying together after trying to park the RV, but so is loving the place you park your RV. Raton is perfect for social distancing and adventures.
What makes us different? We're the highest point of the Santa Fe Trail filled with New Mexican culture and western history. Outdoor recreation is at our footsteps and is affordable for families looking to book a budget-friendly and memorable destination. See wildlife at every turn in town or in the canyons. Take in the beautiful mountain and mesa views without the crowds. Witness the Milky Way's brilliance like never before. Step back in time to dine and shop in a Victorian-era cityscape. Enjoy unique year round events that bring the entire region together for vibrant and enriching celebrations.
Raton is your pass to park the RV and ramble into state and national parks!
Things To Do
Thirty minutes from Raton is now extinct Capulin Volcano and its surrounding bluffs. From the top, you can view five different states.
Things To Do:
Get a history lesson about the area
Hike the volcano rim
Visit the village of Folsom and swim in the waterfall
A short drive from Raton is the NRA Whittington Center. Here's your chance to get away and enjoy a majestic view while learning rifle and shotgun technique.
Things To Do:
Lodging & Camping
Sugarite Canyon State Park is our favorite all-in-one attraction! Fish from several different lakes, and bring your family for a camping trip they will never forget.
Things To Do:
Boating & Water Sports
Hiking & Horseback riding
Raton Regional Aquatic Center is a state of the art indoor swimming facility featuring a rock-climbing wall, diving board, and an enclosed Water Slide. The Aquatic Center is operated by the City of Raton Parks & Recreation Department. Admission for all patrons is two dollars, and children two and under are free. For more information about the Raton Regional Aquatic Center call, 575.445.4271.
Located within city limits is Climax Canyon, a 3-mile easy to moderate hike for everyone to enjoy, including fido. The trail overlooks the city, as well as the surrounding valley.
Take a short drive from Raton to Cimarron Canyon State Park to view the Palisades Sill, and spend the day fishing in the cool mountain air. There's also a Wild West adventure in store at the haunted St. James Hotel.
Things To Do:
The Raton Golf Course is a nine-hole course nestled in the foothills against Vermejo Park Ranch. The surrounding scenery includes a gorgeous view of majestic New Mexico mesas and a variety of wildlife on and near the fairways.
Located within city limits is our own Raton spin on the Hollywood sign: Goat Hill, which overlooks a majestic skyline of mesas and peaks. You also have access to hike to the exposed Iridium Layer, which formed as a result of a meteorite impact between the Cretaceous and Paleogene period that caused the dinosaurs extinction.
Historic and pleasing architecture, downtown Raton is a part of the 200+ year-old Santa Fe Trail. See where modern-day business and timeless charm meet. Home to the unparalleled, gorgeous Historic Shuler Theater, the Raton Museum, and Arts & Cultural District. History buffs can go wild immersing themselves in the wild west.
Where To Park Your RV
From here, you can easily visit Capulin Volcano National Monument, the Boy Scout Museum, Santa Fe Trail and Raton's Downtown Historic District, or you can take in the Independence Day ballooning events, fireworks and small-town parade. You'll find restaurants, a grocery store and shopping right across the street from the Raton KOA and a game room and horseshoes right on-site.
Low cost RV Park off Highway 64 and I-25.
Located on Frontage Road, just north of Highway 64, with easy off and on to I-25. We are conveniently located close to several gas stations, shopping, and restaurants in Raton. Nearby attractions include Sugarite Canyon State Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, and the NRA Whittington Center. There are also many hiking and biking trails in the surrounding area.
Great place for enjoying wildlife.
Sugarite Canyon State Park features a historic early-20th century coal-mining camp and natural scenery at the border of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. The park is located on the Colorado–New Mexico state line 6 miles northeast of Raton, New Mexico
The NRA Whittington Center hosts 120 RV campsites in two adjacent areas.
All campsites are equipped with water, electricity, and sewage hookups.
A bathhouse, complete with laundry facilities, compliments the campground.
All campsites are designed as pull through and will accommodate the longest travel trailers.
No campfires are allowed; however, charcoal or gas grills are acceptable.
Enjoy a pleasant nights stay in the quiet surroundings of Capulin Mountain Volcano. Pull into one of our RV hook-ups or put up your tent in one of our camping areas, then take a hot shower in the bath house, get your clothes clean at our laundry and relax under a sky full of stars.
Need more information about Raton?
From museums to kayaking, New Mexican cuisine to unique shopping, go to ExploreRaton.com/Experience to start planning your trip itinerary.