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Travel Blogs from Raton
... There were attempts to save it starting around 1929 but they were unsuccessful until 1954 when it was declared a national monument. By then the ruins of the fort were in pretty bad shape. The National Park Service has done their best since then to stabilize the ruins but there really isn't a lot left.
I first went to the ...
... I hiked the Crater Rim Trail, a paved, 1 mile trail around the rim of the crater, which climbs about 300 feet from the parking lot. It's not that steep but at over 8,000 feet it didn't take much to get me winded. There are some good views of the other volcanoes in the area.
Next I headed for the Boca Trail, a 2 mile loop trail through the vent area around the base of the volcano. I ...
... the canyon. After reaching Antonito I headed back to Tres Piedras.
In Tres Piedras I headed east on Highway 64. I stopped at the rest stop where the highway crosses the Rio Grande. At that point the canyon is roughly 600 feet deep.
Next I headed north to the town of Questa, NM. A bit north of town is the 13-mile Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway. I took it and stopped at the overlooks. ...
... Again, because of frequent rain, we were witnessing the most colorful "greens" everywhere. Think perhaps the Garden Of Eden?
After about 18 miles of thoroughly enjoying and taking in this "Highway Of The Legends", we came around a corner and were met by a muscular brown bear, on the left side of the road who was somewhat startled by the sound of Crush, and the sight of us. Nevertheless, we immediately came to a near stop, to fully capture a rare moment in ...
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