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Sugarite Canyon State Park

More to See

Outdoor Interests

Sugarite Canyon State Park

Lake Maloya
In Sugarite Canyon State Park

Capulin National Monument

Capulin National Monument

NRA Whittington Center Rendezvous

NRA Whittington Center
Rendezvous shoot

Philmont Mansion

Philmont Scout Ranch Mansion

Raton Country Club golf course

Raton Country Club
Golf Course

Arts & Culture

Raton Museum

Raton Museum

Shuler Theater

Shuler Theater

Old Pass Gallery

Old Pass Gallery

BNSF railway depot

Historic ATSF depot

Area Attractions

Outdoor Interests

Lake Maloya from the far north side
Lake Maloya from the north side

Sugarite Canyon State Park boasts 4,000 acres of pure beauty and fascinating history. Located at the junction of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, the park features picturesque scenery, lakes, pure water, abundant wildlife, historical sites, and numerous recreational opportunities such as camping, fishing, and hiking. Sugarite is the site of a historic coal camp, where hundreds of miners from some 19 countries swung picks to wrestle coal from the canyon seams. With this magical mix of nature and culture, it's no wonder Camping Life magazine named Sugarite Canyon one of the top ten state parks in the nation.

Capulin Volcano aerial view

Capulin Volcano National Monument is a pleasant 25-mile drive from Raton through the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. Capulin Volcano is an extinct cinder cone volcano that last erupted some 56,000 years ago. A paved road winds for two miles around the steep cone, providing breathtaking views all the way to the top of the cone more than 8,000 feet above sea level and more than 1,300 feet above the surrounding grasslands. Once you reach the top, you can park and literally walk down into the mouth of the volcano! A visitors’ center features informative exhibits about the volcano and the area’s geology. Two self-guided trails allow you to explore and enjoy the breathtaking views of this scenic place.

NRA Whittington Center
Muzzleloader shoot during
annual Rendezvous

The NRA Whittington Center is located seven miles south of Raton on NM Highway 64 on 33,300 acres with breathtaking views of the nearby volcanic mesas on the eastern plains nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. This world-class shooting facility offers a variety of family recreational activities like hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and camping in addition to the many shooting events that are held throughout the year.

Located at the main entrance is the visitors' center that houses the museum, gift shop, and Santa Fe Trail library.

Philmont Scout Ranch MansionPhilmont Scout Ranch, located four miles south of Cimarron, New Mexico, is a short 45-minute drive from the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Millions of Boy Scouts, leaders, and Venturers from around the world have visited this training center since it was established in 1939. Throughout the summer months, Scouts learn survival skills in the wilderness, camping, hiking, and other trainings. Originally donated by Oklahoma oilman, Waite Phillips, the Villa Philmonte, which serves as a conference and training area, dining hall, and meeting rooms, became part of the Philmont Scout Ranch of today along with 127,395 acres of beautiful wilderness. Located near the mansion is the The Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library

Raton Country Club Golf CourseRaton Country Club Golf Course has been named as one of the best nine-hole golf courses in New Mexico. Nestled against the Sangre de Cristo mountains, golfers can enjoy viewing deer, fox, and wild turkey in addition to breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanic mesas while golfing this challenging course. Tee-times are not required, and dress is casual.

Arts & Culture

Historic First Street
Historic First Street lined with Victorian buildings

Settled in the 1880s, railroading, mining, and ranching were a big part of Raton's colorful past. You'll enjoy walking on First Street and admiring the beautifully restored Victorian buildings in the Historic Downtown area--a tangible reminder of Raton's rich history.

A walking tour brochure that describes the downtown historic district is available at New Mexico Visitor's Center at the intersection of the Clayton Road (Highway 64/87) and the I-25 Business Loop as well as at the Old Pass Gallery located on First Street Old Pass Gallery.jpgnext to the BSNF train depot. The Old Pass Gallery is home to the Raton Arts & Humanities Council, Inc., which provides a variety of visual and performing arts events for the area. Several of the RAHC performing arts season performances are held in the historic Shuler Theater, located two blocks away on Second Street in Raton's downtown historic district. historic Shuler Theater on Second Street.jpg The Shuler is used for many live performances throughout the year including the annual holiday event "A Christmas Carol," and the annual Summer Repertory Theater.

The Raton Museum is located in the Raton downtown historic district. Raton Museum in historic downtown RatonInside this beautifully renovated building is a comprehensive history of Raton and the surrounding area. Visitors can learn about the history of Raton, which included railroading, mining, the Santa Fe Trail, and La Mesa Park, the first race track in New Mexico.

The 1912 historic train depot, also located in the historic district, was originally one of the stops for the Santa Fe Chief passenger train traveling between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Raton BNSF depotToday the depot is an Amtrak stop for passenger service between the two cities and is one of the busiest because of the many Boy Scouts who are destined for the Philmont Scout Ranch. Hundreds of Scouts arrive by train during the summer months, are picked up by buses, transported to Philmont, spend a couple of weeks, and return to the station for their trip back home.