Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin

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#12 of 88 in Nature in New Mexico
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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  • A bit out of the way, this volcano is what I would consider a classic volcano. You are able to drive to the lowest part of the rim parking lot. From there you can take a hike to bottom of the crater a...  more »
  • Wow! I expected beautiful views from the top, but it was spectacular! My husband is afraid of heights, and the drive up was a little unnerving, but you drive slow, the roads are plenty wide for 2 vehi...  more »
  • Saw the sign for the National Monument and took a side trip to visit the Volcano an visitor center. Nice scenic winding drive up the volcano and then a 1.25 mile hike around the rim, 1/4 mile hike int...  more »
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  • The volcano is great as a vacation destination or if you just happen to be passing through the area. There is a waiting list you will be put on, after paying a $7.00 entrance fee, due to limited parking inside of the volcano, we waited about 10 minutes. It's a short drive into the crater of the volcano. The 1 mile trail around the rim is paved and easy for anyone to navigate. The trail offers amazing views into the Great Plains to the East and the Southern Rockies to the West. The wildlife was abundant, we saw colonies of lady bugs, lizards hawks, ravens, deer and even a rattlesnake!
  • Our second trip and at the request of one of the kids. Beautiful park, beautiful trail and views. Nice markers on the trails, that I integrate the park with recent and ancient history. Friendly rangers. Unfortunately due to the terrain, not much is handicap accessible other that the parking lot, but even that has a great view of the surrounding area.
  • Wow. This is the first time I have ever seen a volcano, I was impressed! We walked down into the middle of it, and back up again, which was quite the hike. My children and I then decided to walk the rim of it. I was very unaware at how physically challenging it was. We didn't think we'd make it! The first half was mostly a steep up hill. There were several places where we were swarmed by what I think were mayflies. Lol, they were all over us. It was hard to get pictures of the little plaques along the way, there were so many. Eventually, the flies dissipated. Going down hill was a challenge as well. Very, very steep, but what an incredible view. We took many pictures.
  • Absolutely worth it! As first time volcano-goers, we found this experience breathtaking. Literally. Beautiful view in April, but sadly the walking trails were closed as their first snow was just melting. Careful, no guardrail driving up!
  • Great little stop if you get bored on the road. The pass to get up there is narrow so drive slow. The hike is difficult, be prepared to feel out of shape. It's way bigger than it seems. Very well kept. Definitely recommend.

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