"Capulin Volcano National Monument" Capulin Volcano National Monument by MarkJochim

From the crest of Capulin Volcano, elevation 8182 feet, you can see four states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. To the southeast is the vast section of the Santa Fe Trail that includes the Cimarron Cutoff'; to the west are the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

A narrow, 2-mile paved road (no trailers, towed vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians allowed) leads to the rim of the volcano; from there you can walk the final 1/5 mile into the extinct, and rather uninteresting, crater vent. (An easy-to-hike 1-mile trail circles the rim, so you can see it from different angles.) Stay on the trails and look out for rattlesnakes!

  • Last visit to Capulin Volcano National Monument: May 1994
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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