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Capulin Volcano National Monument–Crater Rim and Vent Trails

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Capulin Volcano National Monument
Crater Rim and Vent Trails

Capulin, New Mexico 88414
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Capulin Volcano NM–Crater Rim and Vent Trails
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About Crater Rim and Vent Trails
The Crater Rim Trail is a paved, 1-mile loop around the rim of the volcano. It is moderately difficult due to steep climbs and descents. Informational waysides provide visitors information about the surrounding features in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. No pets.

The Crater Vent Trail is a 0.2 mile (one-way) trail leading to the bottom of the Capulin crater. This trail is paved and has an elevation change of 100 feet. No pets.

About Capulin Volcano National Monument
Part of the 8,000 square mile Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, Capulin Volcano showcases the volcanic geology of northeastern New Mexico. The views are spectacular day or night, with views of 4 different states from the volcanic rim and one of the darkest night skies in the country.

While the geologic history of Capulin Volcano began well over a million years ago, its involvement in human history has been much more recent. Capulin has traditionally been a crossroads of human activity as diverse people and cultures traversed to and from the Great Plains.

Capulin plays host to many birds throughout the year, from hawks and turkey vultures to towhees and hummingbirds. On occasion, a roadrunner or great horned owl may appear as well. The prairie grasslands surrounding the volcano are prime hunting grounds for birds of prey, while the abundant pinyon and juniper woodland provide protective cover for smaller birds. Ravens and hawks can be seen riding the warm columns of air that rise up and around the volcanic cone, called thermals. As you hike, listen for the chitter and rustling of smaller birds as they seek out insects or seeds in the sheltered undergrowth of pinyon, juniper, and Gambel’s oak.
From Capulin Volcano National Monument webpage