Colfax County, New Mexico was originally part of Taos County, one of the original nine counties created by the New Mexico Territory in 1852. In 1859, the eastern part of Taos County, including all of the territory of Colfax County, was split off to form Mora County. Colfax County was established on January 25, 1869, from the northern part of Mora County. The original county seat was the gold mining town of Elizabethtown
. Today, the county seat is Raton
. Parts of the Santa Fe Trail
and the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway
are in the this county, which is filled with history.