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May 27, 2014 - Capulin Volcano NM

Capulin Volcano National Monument, located in northeastern New Mexico, was designated a U.S. National Monument on August 9, 1916. It is an example of an extinct cinder cone volcano that is part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. A paved road spirals around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim. Hiking trails circle the rim as well as lead down into the mouth of the volcano. Tyler & I in 2002 & again in 2007 to/from Amarillo/Colorado just did not have the time to really visit. So, my 2014 Adventure theme is to...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Capulin Volcano National Monument

After leaving Canyon and traveling north through Amarillo and Dumas, then west into New Mexico, we arrived at our next stop in the tiny village of Capulin, New Mexico. This is another place we had passed on many trips but never had time to investigate, so this year it was one of our specific destinations. Our RV park is small but very near Capulin National Monument so it is perfect for our needs. This extinct volcano, 60,000 years old, is a very “young” volcano; it has been part of our national park system since 1916, chosen because it is...

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May 2, 2008 - We made it to our destination

After our roadside repair we continued our drive across New Mexico ending in Capulin, New Mexico. Capulin is a small town - in fact the owner of the campground we stayed out told us her family made up 9 of the 49 residents! The reason the campground and town are here is the Capulin Volcano National Monument. The volcano erupted into existence sometime between 56,000 and 62,000 years ago. The birth occurred toward the end of a period of regional volcanism that began 9 million years ago. Hills, peaks and other formations from this period can...

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