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Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail)

Raton, New Mexico


46020 Interstate 25
Raton, New Mexico 87740
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 39
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.98910
Longitude: -104.48249

Elevation: 7832' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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157 Reviews

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

The access to this park was terrible. The exit road was under construction and the signage to the exit was bad. The folks we were travelling with missed the exit and had to turn around to get to the park. Sign in was a breeze and the lady helping us was great. She lead us up ( literally) to our site. She even moved a picnic table out of the way to make access to the site easier. This place is on top of a mountain and the views are awesome. All in all it was a pleasant experience to overnight here. I would saty again if in the area... We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

We couldn't be more pleased with this park. Escorted to our Mountain Back-in site we requested. AT&T Hot-Spot worked great, good power supply. Beautiful view out the back of our HitchHiker. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Located at the top of Raton Pass. Verizon signal very poor, but park WiFi good. Busy park on a Saturday night in August. So full we had to use w&e gravel overflow site. As previously reported, going north use exit 460 because of year-long I-25 construction. Gravel, no amenities in w&e overflow. Hummingbirds galore. Surprisingly quiet being so close to the interstate. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29 overflow
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Capulin Volcano National Monument east of Raton offers a good visitor center with movie & exhibits. Cannot drive one-way road with near 90 degree turns to the volcano rim overlook in a motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

stay here two times a year going and coming from Texas to Colorado.. Have been staying here since 2013. Nice people, nice park, great views from the pass. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

A nice small park on top of Raton Pass. Great views. Nice respite from all the hot weather we've been experiencing this summer. If you like to watch hummingbirds you will like this park as they have feeders all around the park and the birds are quite active. Do not rely on GPS or Google Maps to get you here. Read the instructions on their website as it is a little tricky. The park access situation is complicated by ongoing road work and traffic on the Interstate is down to one lane right in front of the park. The construction will be going on until July 2019. The sites are all gravel and fairly level. Plenty of room to maneuver a big rig. Over the Air TV reception is spotty and requires careful aiming of the antenna to get the Albuquerque TV stations. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Diesel fuel is available in Raton at the Clayton Road exit.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Park is small but in the mountains with nice views. Hundreds of humming birds, spaces are close but neighbors have been nice, quiet, clean and friendly. Nights are cool at the end of July, days get warm/hot because you are on top of a mountain. Camp host is nice, very helpful, very friendly. Camp has shower, bathroom, laundry facilities. The spots are small but we fit in a pull through without disconnecting the truck, 50' total length. Spot was level, water, 30/50 amp, and sewer connections were available at each spot. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Road construction on I-25N, so go slow, exit #460 on the right, check in is at the cafe, the camp sites are above the cafe. TV is available, about 22 channels, camp provides internet but no streaming, Verizon cell service goes in and out, it will go from 5 bars to no bars within the same minute. All the amenities made up for the close proximity to each other.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We reserved a week, but my wife suffered a severe sinus infection and altitude sickness that required her to go to the hospital in Trinidad, Co. We stayed 3 days and decided to go home for better med care. The lady at the desk said she would tell the owners. We were pleasantly surprised to find a credit to our credit card several days later. The campground had a great view to the East. Site was a little tight for our 37 foot trailer and long bed, crewcab truck, but everything was clean and well cared for. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I would skip this park just beacause of the rude lady at the front desk. We stayed for a quick overnight and were scheduled to come back thru, but quickly cancelled those reservations. We called to cancel on a Sunday but, by Wednesday morning, my credit card had not been credited. I called to complain and was told with an attitude, "Ok, let me drop everything and do that right now so you won't call back". The park is an OK stop off the highway, divided into two sections - upper and lower. We were in the upper section with views of the mountains in the distance. When leaving, the turn would have been difficult if not impossible except for the fact that many of the sites were empty. Contruction on the highway makes access when approaching from the north difficult. We will not be stopping here ever again. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you actually decide to stay in Raton, be sure and check out the Schuler Theater down town.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

We camped for one night in a pull thru site, somewhat short for us and the TOAD at 55 ft. Water and Electric worked fine(didn't connect sewer) and wepulled in over 30 OTA channels despite horrible wether including high winds, thunder lightening and rain. My husband checked out the restrooms and said they were modern and very clean. Laundry was nice and reasonable at $1.25 wash and $1.00 dry. The view was awesome. One word of caution if coming from the north the exit number sign is right on top of the exit and is the same as the weigh station. So if you see the sign for the weigh station that is your exit. Construction in the area and the uphill road make the exit and the on ramp after your stay somewhat confusing. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are extremely tight, but oddly shaped so you feel like you have room. Normally we'd rate campground lower for tight sites, but in those other campgrounds you feel like the safety of your rig is at stake, but not so here. Just take it slowly and you'll be fine. The hosts are extremely friendly. They are consistently working on the campground (not impeding in your stay, but always gardening, fixing, et cetera). We saw plenty of deer. The campground, if I were to use one word, is homey. This is a "no frills" park, but the stay is comfortable. Another reviewer mentioned a narrow hill to get to your spot - it is a hill and its narrowish, but perfectly navigatable with our 45' class A plus tow. You are 10-15 minutes from Trinidad, CO (Walmart, food) and Raton, NM proper (mom and pop food). Access to the highway is ridiculously convenient. While gravel, the stones are polished and there's enough grass for dogs. Wifi worked well for us, but Verizon is dead in this area (this is our hotspot servicer, not a problem since their Wifi was good). If passing through we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ask for sites 9-12 for views of the town/mountains. If you have a class A vehicle, you'll want to pull into these spots and will have the hookups on the wrong side, but extensions will make it possible. 15 minutes from Trinidad and/or Raton. DO NOT follow GPS. Coming from CO go off Exit 460, at the fork bear right and follow the blue campground signs. I was nervous about this before we did it but it is very easy as long as you follow the signs (there are 3 altogether).

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This little camp is awesome. We called on the way, made reservations and arrived just before the office closed. The front desk personnel were friendly, helpful and welcoming. We were passing through and only stayed one night but it was an enjoyable short time. And did I mention the views - unbelievable!! The evening and morning views were breathtaking. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Traveling north on I-25, easy exit and entrance from interstate.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one night on our way to Colorado. Sites are close but being perched atop the hill is great. Little noise from hwy but the surrounding scenery and sunset is worth it. Level sites, good hookups, clean bathrooms and the camp host was helpful. Generally quite and friendly people around. I prefer the top sites but if your last minute minute you may not get the best spot. Filled up the Friday evening we arrived. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here in a motor home towing. Appreciated thecl 15% military discount but park was disappointing. Advertised cafe but it was closed. Sites were very tight with a very sharp turn and steep hill to climb. Wi-Fi was awful as was 4G. Off air tv was minimal. Sewer connection required 20 plus feet of hose. Thankfully I carry plenty. Probably will not return. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Up on top
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Rude owners and staff, act like they are doing you a favor by letting you pay to stay there. Site are very small, next site sewer connection nearly at our front door. No parking for your vehicle at your site. Poor Verizon cell and WIFI service. Beautiful mountains views. Entire campground is gravel and dusty. Dog walk is in front of camp and overgrown with weeds and stickers, unusable. Not sure why it has Cafe in it's name, there are no advertised hours and never saw it open. Will not stay here again. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 81

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

First Impression: Cool, crisp, mountain air. Small CG on two steppes. Attractive office/residence. Most back-in sites on upper level get fabulous views. Safety: office warns of rattlesnakes, bears, coyotes, and mountain lions but we didn't see any. Access: Take exit 460 off I-25. There are no facilities at this exit, just the CG. No visible signage until you're turning into their lot. Garmin GPS couldn't find the CG or its address (use published directions from web site). Office: Pleasant staff, no store. Credit cards accepted. Online reservations available. Various price discounts (Good Sam, veterans/military, seniors). Facilities: No pool, spa, fitness room or rec center. Small, clean laundry room. Clean, modern restrooms, showers with curtains for privacy (score "A"). No propane sales. No playground. "Dog Walk" but no off-leash dog run. Campground: Hummingbirds everywhere. Not in a flood plain. No storm shelter. Just a few trees. Upper level road is a gentle, gravel loop; no overhead obstacles. Big rig and long coach friendly. No tent area, yurts, or cabins. Sites are nearby, sufficiently level, gravel, back-in, parallel-park, and pull-throughs, grass and stone landscaping. Pedestal locations vary with FHU-20/30/50; some metered for monthly stays. Low well-water pressure with good taste. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded, between 3-8" above ground level. No patios. Nice picnic tables. Open fires not permitted. Good satellite views. No cable TV. OTA TV found 36 channels with excellent reception. Free Wi-Fi with good coverage and adequate bandwidth. Verizon 3G phone at 1 bar; sketchy 4G reception at 1 bar. Aluminum can recycle bin only, in laundry. Noise: No railroad, aircraft, or local traffic, but occasional interstate noise echoes up the canyon. Bug Report (late July): no insect issues. Runners: CG loop marginal for running. Yoga: no good place for your mat. Conclusion: Score 5-Acceptable. If in the area again, we will return. We camped at Raton Pass Camp and Cafe (Formerly Cedar Rail) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Raton, NM is about 9 miles south on I-25. No major restaurant chains; local shops only. Fast food chains (McD's, Sonic, Arby's, DQ, etc). Landromat. No Wal-Mart. Super Saver groceries. Diesel at $2.499. No RV stores. O'Reillys, Autozone. Couldn't find any hardware stores. One VA outpatient clinic. Silver Sneakers at Snap Fitness on S. 2nd Street.

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