Capulin Volcano National Monument Travel Guide

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    Crater from the Rim
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    Descend to the Crater Vent of Capulin

    by fred98115 Written Mar 16, 2016

    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.

    Rock and Pinyon Pine Trail into the Crater Mule Deer Rim and Clouds View from Rim of Lava Fields
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    • Photography
    • National/State Park

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    Capulin Volcano National Monument

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 9, 2003

    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 vehicle

    Inside the Crater Rim (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

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    Capulin Country Store: Great Lunches in Remote Capulin, NM

    by MarkJochim Updated Apr 9, 2003

    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.

    On the Rim of Capulin Volcano, May 1994

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