Because we spent so much time in Angel Fire at the memorial, we got a late start on our trip north on Wednesday, August 15. Fortunately we stopped in Cimarron, NM, on our way. In their excellent visitors center, we picked up information about the area, including a brochure from the NRA Whittington Center outside Raton, NM. We decided to overnight there instead of pushing on to Colorado Springs. It was a good decision! The Whittington Center is situated on 33,000 acres just 10 miles south of Raton. The RV park has 200+ sites situated on a hilltop with magnificent views of the surrounding prairies and mountains. Here is a photo of our campsite.
In addition to hiking/biking trails and wildlife, the Whittington Center has 14 shooting ranges for everything from skeet and trap shooting, to pistols, to black-powder rifles, to long-range hunting rifles. Here are images of a pronghorn on one of the skeet ranges, and a doe we displaced from the pistol range.
We had a great time. Before we left on Thursday morning, John and I took time to shoot a round of skeet, then practiced our pistol skills. Here is a shot of the target from his last clip. It's not bad (better than mine by a long shot!) but who can concentrate on a range with this view!
We only wish we had stayed longer. But then, that gives us a good reason to return. We want to have our coffee watching more sunrises like this one.