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Cold Beer -- For a funky break between Raton and Cimarron, stop in at the Colfax Tavern. A bar since 1929, this lone building on the prairie is so popular that people call it Cold Beer, New Mexico, as though it were a town in itself. The owner says that Cold Beer is a "state of mind." Many ingredients go into creating that state, including a pool table, photos on the walls of locals imbibing, decent pizza and burgers, and few tail-wagging mutts to welcome you. It's at the corner of US 64 and NM 505 (tel. 575/376-2229).

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