Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico has been on our list for a while, and we’ve driven past it multiple times without having time to stop.
Since we’re headed to Oklahoma and Texas in a rental car with no trailer, this is the perfect time for us to stop and finally check it off the list.
This area of the globe is called the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, covering almost 8,000 square miles of small bumps and cones.
There is an interesting history of the area and the geology in the small visitor center, then a long narrow drive around the cone to the parking area at the top. Oversized vehicles and trailers need not apply.
If you brought sturdy shoes, we think that the trail around the rim is a better hike than the small offshoot down to the center of the cone, but your mileage may vary.
This is definitely not one to go out of your way to see, but if you’re heading across 87 between Colorado and Texas it’s close enough for a quick detour.

Bump After Bump

Bump After Bump from the summit of Capulin Volcano
There’s not much happening in this corner of the world.

Hard Times

Hard Times living on Capulin Volcano
It’s not easy living in this climate at this elevation.

There She Blows

There She Blows
There’s no lava, but you can easily picture where the rocking and rolling started.

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument
The mandatory sign shot.

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