Travel Blogs from Raton
... in the Civil War and the Indian Wars. At one time it was the largest fort west of the Mississippi. With the arrival of the railroad in the 1880s the Santa Fe Trail lots its importance and so did the fort along with it. It was eventually abandoned in 1891 after 40 years of operation.
The fort suffered from neglect for the next ...
... made a national monument in 1916. The volcano is relatively young with an age of roughly 60,000 years. Unlike many cinder cone volcanoes of this age, most of it is covered in soil with a juniper and pinyon pine forest.
I first went to the Visitor Center and watched a short movie about the geological history of the area. I then hiked the short Nature Trail next to the Visitor Center, ...
I headed for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Visitor Center in Pilar, NM today. Rio Grande del Norte is one of the newest national monuments, having just been created in March 2013. Most national monuments are managed by the National Park Service but this is one of the 19 managed either entirely or partially by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Visitor ...
... and so much enjoying is that we have NO SCHEDULE we must answer to. And yes, if you've never traveled this way, once you do, you'll know exactly what we mean and probably won't ever travel any other way again.
Ok, off to see family in OK this evening ( weather permitting) and enjoy some good dinner and fun together. Also, we will be staying in Enid, OK where my beautiful, most special daughter Amanda Christine was born.
We hope this finds you all ...
The 25th & 26th we spent at an RV park in Ogden. 1st picture. Last night we dry camped at the Colorado welcome center. No picture. Tonight we are camped on top of Raton Pass about 30 feet inside New Mexico. So the rest of the pictures are our view tonight. And yes we have a 40% chance of rain. Tomorrow is our anniversary so we decided to celebrate (again) eating out in Raton, New ...
Other places to stay in Raton
1160 S. Second Street, Raton | Motelfrom $63
1610 Cedar, Raton | 1 star motelfrom $54
1600 Cedar St, Raton | 1 star motelfrom $39
101 Card Avenue, Raton | 2 star motelfrom $118
136 Canyon Drive, Raton | Motelfrom $77
473 Clayton Road, Raton | 2 star motelfrom $107
308 Canyon Drive, Raton | Motelfrom $48