Raton, New Mexico RV Parks

Raton, New Mexico RV Parks
Originally named Willow Springs, Raton served as a watering hole for travelers coming over Raton Pass, the biggest challenge on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. When the railroad came through in 1879, the town prospered, and today the original townsite boasts several blocks of well-preserved 19th-century Victorian buildings and homes which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ranching, railroading and mining helped Raton grow, and it is home to the first racetrack in New Mexico. Sugarite Canyon State Park is just 12 miles northeast of Raton, and the NRA Whittington Center is 15 miles away and boasts the largest and most complete shooting and hunting complex in the United States. When traveling to Raton in an RV, you will find several RV parks to choose from.

Cedar Rail RV Park & Campground

Located at the top of Raton Pass between Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico, Cedar Rail RV Park & Campground boasts panoramic views of the Sangres de Cristo Mountains, Bartlett's Mesa and the Baca Valley. It has 29 sites with 50-amp full hookups and features restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi Internet, a playground, and a community fire pit. A short hike from the park brings you to where the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail crossed Historic Raton Pass, and opportunities for viewing wildlife--including black bear, mountain lions, elk, mule deer, wild turkeys and hummingbirds--abound.

Cedar Rail RV Park & Campground
46020 Interstate 25
Raton, NM 87740
(575) 445-8500
cedarrailrvpark.com

Raton KOA

Historically recognized as a convenient stopping place between Colorado and New Mexico, Raton's KOA campground has convenient access to Interstate 25. There are over 40 sites with 30- or 50-amp full hookups--some capable of accommodating RVs up to 85 feet. It features restrooms with showers, cable TV, free Wi-Fi Internet, and has cabins and tent sites available. Within a short drive of the park is the Capulin Volcano National Monument, the Boy Scout Museum, Santa Fe Trail and Raton's Historic District.

Raton KOA
1330 South 2nd Street
Raton, NM 87740
(575) 445-3488
koa.com/where/nm/31157/index.htm

Sugarite Canyon State Park

Located at 7,800 feet on over 3,600 acres along the Colorado border, Sugarite Canyon State Park is situated among the mountains and has meadows with abundant wildflowers and butterflies. Visitors can fish or boat on one of the park's two lakes, hike, cross-country ski, or take advantage of great opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife viewing. The Coal Camp Interpretive Trail winds through the ruins of the Sugarite coal camp, and an extended cliff of basaltic rock columns--often referred to as "caprock"--is the main geological feature of the park. The Park's Lake Alice Campground has 40 sites with electric hook-ups, and features restrooms with showers and an RV dump.

Sugarite Canyon State Park
Raton, NM 87740
(575) 445-5607
emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Sugarite.htm

Article Written By A.C. Bauer

A.C. Bauer is a seasoned adventurist with explorations spanning four continents, including hiking Machu Picchu, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, running the Ice Age Trail and road biking out of her front door. She has written marketing materials for eight years and worked for Red Bull, Disney and Dick's Sporting Goods, and received a master's in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.

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