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“Interesting place to see but out of the way”

Capulin Volcano National Monument
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Capulin
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Owner description: Capulin Volcano provides beautiful views, and a reminder of the history of this remote part of New Mexico.
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Drive to the top of Capulin Volcano National Monument and behold the spectacular view, it is amazing! Not sure what else there is to do here besides check out the inactive volcano and maybe hike around a little. Fun place to see if you are nearby but not worth the extra drive if it's out of the way.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Approximately 130 miles from Santa Fe via I25 in the north east corner of the state near Raton Pass (Colorado state border) is the remotely located National Park Service National Monument of Capulin Volcano. New Mexico (the whole state) was a hot bed of volcanic activity and has the evidence clearly obeservable to the discerning eye. When visiting the NPS sites, always take the time to view the short video, and museum which can usually be done in 20 minutes or less. Bathrooms are always nice, heated in winter and clean.

Then launch up the 2 mile drive with great views to the parking area where you begin the 1 mile crater loop or .2 mile walk into the vent area. In January there was only one other car and it was about 1130am. By the time we left an hour or so later there were 5 cars, so it was nice to see without many folks to navigate. The views are just outstanding, we saw no evidence of snow while we were there, so the natural colors of winter in the surrounding areas was just outstanding, Also seeing the lava flow areas (even though covered by some vegetation) is pretty easy if you look for it. The vista out over the parking lot side, where in the distance, there is ample pine and evergreens was very inviting and a place we would like to explore on a future trip. Top height 8,182 feet. WOW! take it slow if you are winded and unused to the elevation.

Fees $5.00 per car; movie, self guided and somewhat strenous one mile walk, windy so take approriate measures depending on the tempature to be comfortable. Small placqards along the way to point out and educate about the view or vegetation on the volcano. what a fantistic way to start our sight seeing trip in New Mexico. Take plenty of photos, as this is one you will want to remember! 1/28/2013

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Okay, it's just a dormant cindercone, but it's still really cool! You drive up in a spiral (a bit nervy that) and park and then you have a choice of going down into the vent (only .2 mile) and then having to come back up or walking a whole mile around the crater rim. I thought it would be easier to do the rim, starting by going up because you get the hard part over with. And you do need to keep in mind that there isn't as much oxygen up there. It was a perfect day and I only had to stop every 5' or so. We are talking about starting at an elevation of 7877'. Luckily, there was something to see every 5' - either plant life or amazing vista. The vistas include the lava tracks, stretching for miles. Once you get to the highest point, it's all gravy - and so worth it! Bring water, camera, fieldglasses, and a good cardio-pulmonary system.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

So we stopped off to see Capulin Volcano National Monument on Thanksgiving Day on our way back from Colorado, committed to seeing the famous landmark of the American Southwest. We knew full well that the park station was closed, but figured we could at least see the volcano and surrounding natural beauty; and indeed, we did. Even when the park is closes on major holidays, NPS allows would-be visitors to drive as close as the base if the volcano, where there is parking and beautiful vistas of Capulin Volcano and New Mexico countryside.The land was void of any visitors, except us, and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We loved our stop here. The views from the top of the volcano are absolutely stunning. Wonderful photo spot. Also, be on the lookout for animals - we spotted a fox and some mule deer. It's $5 to drive up to the top of the volcano and worth every penny.

Thank Jamie K
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