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Northeastern New Mexico Travel Guide


Raton's appealing setting at the foot of a lush mountain pass provides wide-open views of stepped mesas and sloping canyons from the higher points in town. Because of its rich history, abundance of motels, and convenient location midway between Albuquerque and Denver, it's both a practical and reasonably engaging base for exploring northeastern New Mexico.

As it has for more than

a century, Raton (population 7,200), the seat of Colfax County, runs on ranching, railroading, and the industry for which it's most famous, mining. In the early 1900s there were about 35 coal camps around Raton, most of them occupied by immigrants from Italy, Greece, and Eastern Europe. It was hard living in these camps and a tough road out, but a close-knit familial interdependence grew out of mining life—a spirit that still prevails in Raton today. People here are genuinely friendly and have great pride in their town.

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