DescriptionThree miles north of US 64/87 and Capulin on SR 325, Capulin Volcano National Monument contains one of the best examples of a volcanic cinder cone in the nation. About 60,000 years ago ash, cinders and lava erupted and formed a classic cinder cone that stands more than 1,000 feet above the surrounding prairie. Today, a 2-mile road winds up the volcano, and five trails lead into the crater and around the rim. The view from the summit includes the Rocky Mountains, volcanic features of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, and the distant horizons of Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Ranger-led programs are offered in summer.
The visitor center offers information and a 10-minute video program. Pets are not allowed on trails. The road to the crater rim, park and visitor center is open daily 8-5:30, mid-June through Labor Day; 8-4:30, rest of year. Last vehicle admission to rim 10 minutes before closing. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission, valid for 7 days, $15 (per private vehicle), $10 (per motorcycle). Phone (575) 278-2201.
GEM DescriptionOne of the best examples of a volcanic cinder cone in the nation was created about 60,000 years ago when ash, cinders and lava piled up around a volcano vent.