Welcome to the information site for Raton Rentals!
Raton Rentals LLC features moderately priced rental homes and apartments in Raton, New Mexico and nearby Trinidad Colorado. As of year 2020, we have sold most our rental properties but we have left the website as it contains a good intro to the area as well as one page of resources to help you find a rental unit. If you are accessing this website via cell phone, please find your navigation bar so you can see all 12 pages of this site. If you cannot navigate, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our vacancies list . If you are looking for a rental, there are resources on the page titled, More Info and Links
Beginning in fall of 2016, Raton Rentals LLC has been selling our properties with the goal of letting a younger generation have the security of home ownership. We have sold most of our properties and invite you to check out anything we have on the Properties for Sale page
Raton is the County Seat of Colfax County, a beautiful and pristine region which features a lot of outdoor recreational opportunities. Sugarite Canyon State Park, pictured above, was named one of the top 10 state parks in the U.S. by a travel magazine several years ago, and hosts thousands of visitors, campers, fishermen, and hikers each year.
We are situated at 6,500 feet altitude on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. We are a few miles south of Raton Pass which separates southern Colorado from Northern New Mexico along I-25 and we are 20 miles south of Trinidad, Colorado. As we are the first town you see when you cross the state line from Colorado, Raton is known as the gateway to the Land of Enchantment, as New Mexico likes to call herself.
The front range of the Rocky Mountains meets the great plains in this area, and Raton is nestled on the eastern edge of hills and mountains that stretch from Raton toward Taos, New Mexico. By car, we are 2 to 3 hours north of Santa Fe. Even though there is some emphasis on the arts in recent years, people describe Raton as being more like the towns in the great plains, rather than like the towns to our west in the arts-rich and culture-rich northern New Mexico hills.
Raton is located equidistant from three well-known cities; we are 220 miles from Denver, CO, Albuquerque, NM, and Amarillo, Texas. Instead of saying we are in the middle of nowhere, we claim to be in the middle of everywhere!
Originally called Willow Springs, Raton was one of the watering stops on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail. Later, the railroad and mining were important in Raton’s development. Today, a high tech company with branches in Raton and Rio Rancho employs a number of people. Other industries include ranching, metal products manufacturing, tourism, the arts, the Shuler theater, the VA clinic, and the MCMC medical center hospital. In addition to Sugarite Canyon State Park, nearby attractions include Cimarron Canyon, Capulin Mountain Volcano, Philmont Scout Ranch, and the NRA has a large facility just outside of Raton.
Rental and Housing Prices in Raton:
If you are from another part of the country, you may find the rental prices in Raton to be a little lower than what you are accustomed to in other areas. The deposits here are also often lower than in other areas.
Below, the top photo is the view we see when we go over Raton Pass to Trinidad, Colorado, a trip of around 20 miles. The bottom photo is Raton NM taken from a hill at the west edge of town. For more photos of the local area, see the link to our photo page.