Recreational opportunities abound within Raton and Colfax County. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to bike, go birding, fish, golf, hike, hunt, shoot, ski, snowboard, swim and enjoy nature’s majesty. We are particularly proud of our regional Aquatic Center and to be home of the NRA Whittington Center, the nation’s largest outdoor shooting range, and Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch.  Raton also features its own Raton Country Club, with a 9-hole course set amidst various wildlife, and Roundhouse Memorial Park, featuring a disc golf course, bocce ball courts and horse shoe pits.  Once a year during the summer months, Raton is home to the PRCA Raton Rodeo.

Just to the east of Raton, many people enjoy visiting Sugarite Canyon State Park which features Lake Maloya and numerous hiking trails.

Just 90 minutes to the southwest of Raton on US Hwy 64 West, you will find the Moreno Valley, home to the historic Villages of Cimarron and Eagle Nest (see Points of Interest), as well as the Village of Angel Fire.  Before turning south from Eagle Nest to Angel Fire, take a moment to travel slightly north on NM Hwy 38 to the legendary ghost village of Elizabethtown, once the thriving home to over 7,000 residents.  Colfax County’s Angel Fire Airport at an elevation of 8,382 feet, is the fourth highest elevation airport in the United States and has an 8,900 foot runway, one of the longest in the country.  Angel Fire Resort’s recreational opportunities include mountain bike trails, a zipline, golfing, and during the winter, skiing and snowboarding.


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