Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin

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Capulin Volcano National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located in northeastern New Mexico that protects and interprets an extinct cinder cone volcano and is part of the Raton-Clayton volcanic field. A paved road spirals gradually around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim of the extinct volcano. Hiking trails circle the rim as well as lead down into the mouth of the volcano. The monument was designated on August 9, 1916, and is administered by the National Park Service. The volcano is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of the village of Capulin.

The visitor center features exhibits about the volcano and the area's geology, natural and cultural history, and offers educational programs about volcanoes. There is also a video presentation about the volcano. The name capulin comes from a type of choke cherry, Prunus virginiana, that is native to southern North America.

Apollo 16's John Young and Charlie Duke did some of their geologic training here in May 1971. William R. Muehlberger was one of the geology instructors.
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  • Beautiful drive! I have never been to a volcano so I was unsure what to expect. This was amazing! Walking path all the way around the rim was paved and easy to navigate. The path going into the... 
    Beautiful drive! I have never been to a volcano so I was unsure what to expect. This was amazing! Walking path all the way around the rim was paved and easy to navigate. The path going into the...  more »
  • An extinct volcano that you can drive around, hike around and get into the vent of. What's not to like? Great views from the summit at 7800' of the surrounding areas. Sorry to say the day we visited.....  more
    An extinct volcano that you can drive around, hike around and get into the vent of. What's not to like? Great views from the summit at 7800' of the surrounding areas. Sorry to say the day we visited.....  more »
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  • Things got a little heated, but all in all it was cool!
  • Great stop before you get to Colorado! 20 dollars to get in but if you're a vet or have a National Park pass it's free! We enjoyed it so much we came twice in one vacation! The rim trail is 1 mile long and a great leg stretcher! We stopped at the ranger station and checked out the video and history on the volcano! We enjoyed it!

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