Colfax County was named for Schuler Colfax, Vice President of the United States under President Grant at the time this historic county was created. Raton is the county seat and is located at the foot of Raton Pass, gateway to the Land of Enchantment. The county is an important mining center with New Mexico's only underground coal mine. The NRA Whittington Center, Philmont Scout Ranch, DAV Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, Sugarite Canyon State Park, Angel Fire Ski Resort are tourist attractions. The geography of Colfax County varies widely, ranging from the high plains to high mountain elevations. Ranching, hunting, fishing, and historic sites such as the elaborate Schuler Theater in Raton and the St. James Hotel in Cimarron are all important parts of Colfax County's interesting history.
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