Ramblin’ Round Raton (RRR) aims to promote healthy lifestyles through walking and hiking in Raton and on nearby public lands. Research shows that walking can help us live longer and feel better. Ramblin’ Round Raton promotes use of walkways and trails on public land. It organizes and supports walking groups, sponsors walking events, advocates for walkable streets and highways, promotes the development of trails, and supports the enhancement of walking places. Ramblin’ Round Raton is supported by a coalition established by NM State Parks, NM Department of Health, Miners’ Colfax Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, the city of Raton Department of Parks and Recreation, National Park Service, GrowRaton!, and the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center.
We hope our Walking Guide gives you all the information you need to enjoy walking and hiking in our area. We have included maps and descriptions of walking places in and near Raton, including Sugarite Canyon State Park and Capulin Volcano National Monument. For each you will find information on parking, distance, difficulty, suitability for dogs, wheelchair accessibility, etc. If a health professional has recommended walking for your health, you may wish to view your “prescription” on the inside front cover. On page 7, note the checklist of things you may wish to take with you. Enjoy your walks!
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. This graph shows the percentage of adults who meet this recommendation in Colfax County (including Raton) as compared to New Mexico and the United States in the years 2011, 2013, and 2015.
For more information on health stats in Colfax County, check out the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.