Capulin Volcano National Monument Things to Do
Descend to the Crater Vent of Capulin
Capulin's cone rises some 1,300 feet above the surrounding lava fields and is at an elevation of nearly 8,200 feet. Breathless for many reasons. A trail follows the crater rim, but zillions of gnats on that trail on our previous visit turned us to the short trail that descends into the crater. At the end, the vent, now plugged naturally, can be seen. Photographers, enjoy the many opportunities. My suggestion: travel light with maybe a DSLR and zoom lens. Look around and up. The vent is not dramatic. Chokecherry and pinyon pine grow here amidst the volcanic "bombs". Also, mule deer can be seen. Start with a stop at the Visitor Center and then take the drive to the rim. Check out the view of the lava fields and then turn around and hike either or both of the trails from the lot.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Capulin Volcano National Monument
The cone of Capulin Volcano (the word is Spanish for "chokecherry") rises more than 1,300 feet from the surrounding plain. A visitor center has books, a brief video about the site, and interpretive exhibits. On busy summer weekends, you may have a short wait to enter the paved road to the rim.
OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 7:30-6:30
Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4
ADMISSION: $5 per vehicleAdd to your Trip Planner
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Capulin Country Store: Great Lunches in Remote Capulin, NM
From May to December, seven days a week, lunch is the big meal (and big deal) of the day at the Capulin Country Store. Popular items include the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, the volcano burger (smothered in chili and cheese), and excellent desserts. Sunday dinner buffets served on holiday weekends only are not to be missed, as the ranchers who drive from miles in every direction will tell you.
In addition to the fine food, the Country Store also sells crafts and gifts (like candlesticks made of elk antlers and dolls sewn from old quilts), snacks, maps, and cold drinks.
No lunch is served on weekdays from January through April.Add to your Trip Planner
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