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Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin
(4.7/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
Forces all around us are constantly at work shaping the earth's surface. Millennia pass as oceans rise and recede. Mountains thrust upward and erode. Volcanoes, by comparison, are instantaneous. Their eruption can destroy an environment and create it anew. Located in the High Plains of New Mexico, Capulin Volcano and the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field exemplify this drastic changing of landscape.
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  • Beautiful drive to top of the volcano with great views. Hiked down into the bottom of it was enjoyable 
  • Beautiful views from every vantage point. It's just $7 to drive up to the top and enjoy the hiking trails. The visitors center, gift shop and small museum-ish area is clean and so very informative - a...  more »
  • Our national parks and monuments trip included Capulin. Paved road coils around volcano to take you to rim, for hike into extinct volcano over sixty thousand years old or take in views from rim at 800...  more »
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  • A small, totally extinct volcano you can walk on! With lava, wildflowers, and shrubby trees, the rim trail and crater look like a rock garden but it's all natural. The views of the surrounding grassland - dotted with volcanic features - are also awesome. You can drive up to a parking lot and look down into the crater, but for a real treat hike the steep 1-mile rim trail or short crater trail. Bring your own food to the pretty little picnic area, and sleep elsewhere, for there is no food, campground, or accommodations available here. The well-appointed visitors center and knowledgeable staff add to the experience.
  • This was surprisingly awesome. It doesnt look like much from the highway. But the views up at the top are great. It is interesting and a nice little bit of exercise hiking around the rim or into the crater of the volcano.
  • Absolutely beautiful and worth the stop. It doesn't look intimidating on the drive towards it from a distance. Once you start the drive up the volcano it becomes much more impressive. We loved it! I plan on stopping again the next time we are driving through.
  • June 14, 2016: The kids really loved this National Park. They've never been up close to a volcano before. We drove to the top and then walked the trail into the crater. You could see snow capped mountains in Colorado from the top of the volcano. I have a National Parks Pass so I did not have to pay admission. There is no toll booth at the entrance. You need to go inside and pay.
  • Really cool place with a beautiful view, and it's not a crowded national monument at all. You have the ability to go around the perimeter of the volcano; as well as going into the center of the "vent" as I learned.