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National Park in Raton

Capulin Volcano National Monument

A 60,000-year-old cinder cone, Capulin is the most accessible of numerous extinct volcanoes in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, which covers a whopping 8000 sq miles and began activity some 9 million years ago. Fro…
Pizza in Raton

Bruno's Pizza & Wings

This friendly spot across from the train station is one of the only eateries of note in Raton. Pizzas run from standard margheritas to more local options, including buffalo wings and green chili toppings. Beer on ta…
Cafe in Raton

Enchanted Grounds

Downtown Raton is noticeably short on eating options, but you can pick up good coffee and snacks at this small cafe, a lively morning meeting place for locals close to the railroad station.
Museum in Raton

Folsom Museum

This whimsical general store holds an eclectic collection of items related to local history (though no actual artifacts from Folsom Man). Not a destination in itself, it's nevertheless a possible detour if you're al…
Theater in Raton

Shuler Theater

Still used for performances, this downtown theater dates from 1915, and has an elaborate European rococo interior. The murals gracing its foyer, depicting regional history from 1845 to 1895, were painted in the 1930…
Architecture in Raton

International Bank

Now a bank, this downtown landmark was originally built in 1929 as the Swastika Hotel. Note the reversed swastika signs (a Hindu symbol of good luck) on top. During WWII they were covered with tarp and the hotel cha…
Museum in Raton

Raton Museum

Housed in the 1906 Coors Building, the great little Raton Museum features similar displays of fading photos, artifacts from Raton’s mining days, and historical accounts of the Santa Fe Trail.
Diner in Raton

Oasis Restaurant

This bustling diner, on the forecourt of one of Raton's many homely motels, is a passable greasy spoon.