By Kyle Jillson | August 19 2012 11:40

New Mexico center scenery with the NRA in Raton

NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Founded in 1973, the NRA Whittington Center is located just outside Raton, New Mexico, and hosts competitive, educational and recreational activities in all shooting disciplines year-round.

There are outdoor shooting ranges here for everyone. Silhouette, Practical Pistol, Black Powder, Benchrest, High Power Long Range, Smallbore, Shotgun, they'll accommodate you. Maybe even a little hunting too.

Cabins at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Their shotgun facility is one of the largest in the country with 11 Trap fields, 4 Skeet fields, 2 Five Stands fields and a 12 station Sporting Clay course. You can literally get lost in the shotgun sports.

But the NRA Whittington Center isn't just for competition shooting in a beautiful surrounding. The NRA has more than 33,000 acres of land for you to get out and hunt on. Visitors can choose from fully guided hunts for bull elk or go unguided in search of cow elk and spring turkey.

In 2008, the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest opened at the center, focusing on the history of the region. New Mexico turned 100 this year and the Brownell Museum is celebrating the anniversary with displays focusing on the Spanish American War, the American Civil War and the role of the Native Americans in New Mexico's history.

Cattle in the fields of NRA's Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico.

Collegiate events, corporate retreats, Boy Scout troops, New Mexico State 4-H events, New Mexico and the NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), Whittington Adventure Camp, Women's Wilderness Escape, Amateur Trap Association and National Sporting Clay Association events are just some of the things you can find at the NRA Whittington Center.

If you've never been here, you should find an excuse to come out to the Whittington Center. You won't regret it.

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