Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin

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#13 of 107 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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  • We were headed back to Oklahoma when we came across Capulin Volcano. The views were nothing less than extraordinary. The hike around the volcano was straight up and then straight down so bring you goo...  more »
  • So glad I visited this place. It was so interesting to see the cone of this volcano up close. The ride to the top was a bit scary for me. The two mile trip is curvy and going up, one hugs the center l...  more »
  • I enjoyed the stop with a buddy of mine, went to the top and hiked around and read the signs. You have a great view of the surrounding area once you get up there. I would go back again if I was in the...  more »
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  • Great views from the rim of the extinct volcano. Good self-guided tours. Small gift shops and visitor's center. Steep, twisty, narrow road to the rim. If you have a large RV they have to send a ranger to clear and close the road, and to pay for the extra manpower, they charge $18. It is worth the charge as you don't want to meet someone coming up as you are coming down around a blind curve. Although the look on their faces was worth it. Oops, missed one.
  • Incredible view and clean facilities. The kids enjoyed the activities which let them earn a badge. The formations impress anyone and there are clear explanations regarding what you're looking at.
  • Great little day trip! Amazing views, fun little hike around the top of the volcano if you like, or just enjoy the view from the parking area. I recommend packing a picnic since local eats are fair to none.
  • A cool little place to stop and see. If your in for a longer hike, walk the perimeter on the ridge of a 60,000 year old volcano...pretty cool!
  • While we did not drive up the volcano as we were in an RV, the staff were very knowledgeable, and eager to share the fascinating history of the volcano. Great photography opportunity of the volcano as well. Definitely worth the side trip!
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