2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Raton, NM - Raton KOA - Site 9

Raton, NM - Raton KOA - Site 9, another view

Raton, NM - Raton KOA - Site 9, and another

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 0 - our route - 66 miles

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 1 - a little hazy in the...

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 2

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 3 - as we pass through Trinidad,...

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 4 - a little color here

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 5 - starting up to Raton Pass,...

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 6

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 7 - almost there! Those are fallen...

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 8 - we are now in New...

Walsenburg, CO to Raton, NM 9 - what goes up, must come...

Capulin Volcano Trip 1

Capulin Volcano Trip 2 - Capulin Mountain

Capulin Volcano Trip 3 - inside the volcano

Capulin Volcano Trip 4 - the rim trail is very steep

Capulin Volcano Trip 5 - view of the visitor center from the...

Capulin Volcano Trip 6 - the whole area around Capulin is nothing...

Capulin Volcano Trip 7 - that's the small town of Capulin in...

Capulin Volcano Trip 8 - I said it was small. Notice the...

Capulin Volcano Trip 9 - Still climbing!!

Capulin Volcano Trip 10 - you would think we went to the...

Capulin Volcano Trip 11 Libby is waiting for us somewhere down there

Capulin Volcano Trip 12 - Aah, there she is!!

Capulin Volcano Trip 13 - a view inside the crater from the...

Capulin Volcano Trip 14 - Sierra Grande, one of the largest volcanoes...

Capulin Volcano Trip 15 - a Stellar Jay up on the rim

Capulin Volcano Trip 16 - some of the lava

Capulin Volcano Trip 17 - got to have some wildflowers

Capulin Volcano Trip 18 - on a clear day you can see...

Capulin Volcano Trip 19 - does this thing have a top?

Capulin Volcano Trip 20

Capulin Volcano Trip 21 - Little Capulin, far below

Capulin Volcano Trip 22 - the horizon is Colorado, about 10-15 miles...

Capulin Volcano Trip 23 - a butterfly along the trail

Capulin Volcano Trip 24 - Finally, what goes up, does have to...

Capulin Volcano Trip 25 - here you can see the lava layers...

Capulin Volcano Trip 26

Capulin Volcano Trip 27 - some of the lava flow

Capulin Volcano Trip 28 - a herd of Pronghorn Antelope we saw...

Capulin Volcano Trip 29 - they were all over the place -...

Capulin Volcano Trip 30

Capulin Volcano Trip 31


It was a short 66 mile drive today from Walsenburg, CO to Raton,NM. It included climbing over the Raton Pass at 7,824 feet. The climb was about 1,800 feet in nine miles as we started at Trinidad, Co which is at 6,000 feet. It wasn't too bad until the last three miles where the grade got quite a bit steeper but the Mothership just kept chugging on up and then coasted down into Raton.

We are staying at the Raton KOA and have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through that would be long enough to keep Libby attached though we disconnected so we could tour. The park is a big gravel lot with sites about 35 feet wide. Not much shade but we didn't want any as we needed to get the satellite for tomorrow's football games. :) We have great Verizon coverage and so-so campground WiFi. They use TengoNet - nuff said. Cable is also provided but we will not need it here.

Right after setting up we headed for Capulin Volcano National Monument, about 30 miles from Raton. After getting there, we watched a short movie at the visitor center which was very informative, then drove up the mountain to the top and took a hike on the rim trail. That trail walks around the one-mile rim which involves a lot of steep ascents and descents. It took us about an hour to make the trip with frequent rest stops while climbing. I couldn't have done this trail five months ago but both of us are in much better shape now. This area of NE New Mexico is known as the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field which covers the area and has many extinct volcanoes throughout the area. Capulin is the newest one being only about 30,000 years old. Other than the volcanoes, the area is absolutely flat for miles.

Saturday was college football and that is all we did. Again, some more great games. Tomorrow we head for Cochiti Lake about 30 miles NW of Sante Fe, NM where we will spend 10 days, most of it just relaxing and enjoying the camping life style.

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