Welcome to Raton Pass Motor Inn
Your mid-century home in NE New Mexico
We are clean, comfy, and a little bit kitschy. Lodging just got less boring.
Choose a spacious king room if you're traveling alone or with that special someone. You'll spend the night with pin ups galore in Bettie's Boudoir, or feel outdoorsy in the Wildlife Room. Maybe Big Texas is more your speed, or hanging out with Butch 'n' Sundance. Get comfy with your flat screen TV, free WiFi, and microwave and mini-fridge.
All double rooms are individually themed, and they're all equipped with authentic vintage decor. You can choose from the Santa Fe Trail, the Matador, the Cowboy, the Man Cave, and (hu)Man's Best Friend. Maybe military is more your style, and you'll want the Reveille Room. Rodeo Room? You got it. Or for the not-too-superstitious, there's a night in Lucky 13. In every room, you'll have plenty of space to spread out, and a flat screen TV, microwave and mini-fridge to make you feel at home.
Our only queen room is also known as the Sombrero room. Along with south of the border charm, you'll find your large room is equipped with a flat screen TV, free WiFi, microwave and mini-fridge.
Sugarite Canyon State Park
It's only minutes from your door at Raton Pass Inn to the entrance to Sugarite Canyon State Park. The park features a historic early-20th Century coal-mining camp and natural scenery at the border of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Your perfect place for hiking, fishing, and camping in NE New Mexico.
Dorsey Mansion Ranch
It would be cool, but...
Dorsey Mansion is currently closed to the public.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Dorsey Mansion at Chico Spring is just off the Santa Fe Trail in Colfax County. Travel through the rolling grasslands 24 miles east of Springer on Hwy 56, then 12 miles north on a dirt road to see this monument to the dreams, ambitions, calamity and eventual poverty of its owner, Stephen W. Dorsey. A Union Army officer in the Civil War and the United States Senator from Arkansas, Dorsey selected the grasslands as the site of his family home and the operating center of a 24,000-acre cattle ranch. At its peak, Dorsey's ranch was eight miles wide and sixty miles long with more than 50,000 animals and a story book castle. It was the focal point for social life in northern New Mexico and a gathering place for men to plot state and national politics. Dorsey and his beautiful wife Helen were financially successful and nationally known. In less than 30 years though, they had lost everything. Dorsey's wife predeceased him; he fell into obscurity and died in poverty. As William H. Robinson said in the November 1985 issue of True West Magazine, "Of Stephen W. Dorsey's expansive empire, only a forlorn mansion on a vast and lonely grassland remains."
Construction on the rambling, two-story house began in 1878 with completion in 1880. In about 1884, he began to remodel his home, adding the stone castle structure with faces of his wife Helen, his brother John and himself carved in stone on the tower. In the fall of 1886, the castle was completed and an open house celebration was held in the elegant mansion of 36 rooms (10,000 square feet). The mansion consists of a living room/salon with cherry wood staircase brought from Chicago and inlaid hardwood floor in alternate colors. Off the salon is the dining room, which can comfortably seat 60 guests and has a marble fireplace from Italy and brass Victorian chandeliers. Adjacent to the dining room is the art gallery, where sunlight enters through the sky lights in the cathedral ceiling. The beams of the ceiling are arranged to represent the owner's cattle brand -- triangle dot. The art gallery, the last room constructed in the house, was built to exhibit paintings Dorsey brought home from Paris, France, his stuffed animal trophies, and other curiosities moved from his sportsman's lodge and displayed along with his paintings. The billiard room was set up in what had been Dorsey's dining room in the log house section, which also had a library and sitting room with floor-to-ceiling windows, again, with the doors bearing the triangle dot brand.
Surrounding the mansion are the remains of a unique combination smoke house and greenhouse (believed to be the first in New Mexico), a large stone fountain with carved gargoyles, a bobcat and a rattlesnake on top, a smaller ornate cast iron three-tiered fountain with leaves and fronds on it and a large pool with three islands in the middle on which there is a gazebo.
Raton Parks & Recreation Department
One of the star features of the local parks and rec scene is the aquatic center.
The Raton Regional Aquatic Center features:
- Kiddie Pool with slide
- Tunnel Slide
- Diving board
- Aqua climbing wall
- Volleyball net and basketball hoop
- Variety of other water features
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Come view a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work.
Capulin Volcano has been the Sentinel of the Plains for 60,000 years. Standing watch over the history of the area from Folsom Man to Today.
The dynamic landscape allows numerous plants and animals to live around the volcano. Learn more about who calls Capulin home.
Marshall the Pit Bull
Marshall is our resident celebrity. Adopted from Orlando Bully Rescue in Orlando FL, he has gone from being a neglected pup to a car show sensation. He has also had some pretty sweet modeling gigs with top pin ups. Ask for Marshall--he loves attention!