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Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin

#11 of 84 in Nature in New Mexico
Volcano Nature / Park
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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  • Been here twice and I absolutely love it! Its a sketchy drive up the mountain but at least they have railings in some areas. Once your at the top its the best view ever! Very historic, great place to ...  more »
  • Fascinating drive up to the almost top. Want to go to the very top, hike up a very steep walkway for another mile. Or go down to the bottom for .2 miles then figure out how to climb back up. We didn't...  more »
  • We decided to stop on our way to Santa Fe, without being on any time schedule it was a good place to walk around and soak up the view. We did follow the trail up but didn't venture much farther. The w...  more »
  • 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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