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Spend July 4th in Raton, New Mexico

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Ever been in a hot air balloon? Explore Raton, and you'll have the opportunity to cross that off your bucket list. We are excited to welcome visitors back into town since the pandemic started, and we're only growing and getting bigger!

Our mountain town is reeling with anticipation with a tourism season year round, and Raton is the Southwest's best kept secret. Located against a Rocky Mountain backdrop, we are the next premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The annual International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally is held in the days leading up to the July 4th holiday at La Mesa Airfield on York Canyon Rd, Highway 555, a half-mile west of Raton’s southernmost off ramp from I-25, Exit 450.

Our balloon rally gives attendees an up close and personal experience due to small crowds and friendly pilots. This event is one your whole family is sure to enjoy!

Wake up early in the morning to watch the balloon ascension with a daily pancake breakfast by a local organization. Our whole town comes out to watch the balloons and enjoy our local festivities in town.

During the day, dance, eat and drink with local vendors and talent, and in the evening, pack the whole family up and park your pickup with blankets and snacks to watch the firework display in beautiful downtown Raton on Historic First Street.

Here's your chance to enjoy fresh mountain air and a carefree and wonderful weekend filled with colorful hot air balloons, delicious food, and celebration.

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