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Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin

Categories: Volcanos, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 260+ 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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  • No pets allowed on trails. It was ok. Nothing special. View was ok looking over valley of no trees just scrub brush. Pit toilets at top. 
  • Very interesting volcano. The view around it is beautiful. It has an excellent hiking trail to walk the ridge or go down to the middle of the volcano. 
  • The view from the rim is awesome. You can see for miles and miles in all directions. The trails into the crater and around the rim are paved so getting good footing is not a problem, but at 8,000 feet...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very cool national monument. Not a busy place; lots of room to explore. Great view of the surrounding area from the top. Go out of your way to visit if you enjoy nature over concrete and lights.
  • A great place to visit on route to New Mexico or Colorado. The views spectacular from the top, but even better if you take the loop trail around the rim that is about a mile around and starts from the parking lot at the top. There is a fee to get in the monument. It cost me $7 to get in.
  • A unique spot in northern New Mexico where you can drive to the top of a cone volcano and then hike into the crater. Don't worry, the volcano is long extinct. Great views from the top and tables scattered about for those who brought picnic lunches. Also features a small visitors center. Located out in the middle of nowhere but worth a stop if driving in the north NM area.