Mount Capulin

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Photo uploaded by Brooks Mitchell

Mount Capulin, aka Capulin Volcano is an extinct volcano located on the northeastern New Mexico plains near the town of Capulin. Rising over 1000 feet above the plains to an altitude of 8,182 feet, the volcano is easily recognizable from the nearby road, Highway 87. Mt. Capulin is a national monument and receives federal funding. In 1926, a road to the near summit was completed and today visitors from all over the nation and many other countries drive up the narrow path to the crater. Two walking paths exist at the crater rim, as well as restroom facilities and information guides.

Elevation (feet): 8,182
Elevation (meters): 2,494
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Great Plains
State: New Mexico
Latitude: 36.783941
Longitude: -103.967811
Difficulty: Walk up
Volcanic status: Extinct
Most recent eruption: 56,000 to 62,000 years ago
Nearest major airport: Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Springs, CO; Rick Husband Airport, Amarillo, TX
Convenient Center: Colorado Springs, Co; Amarillo, TX both approx. 190 miles from Capulin, NM.

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Trip Reports

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  • Log #19284 - by Brooks Mitchell on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Drove up the road to the crater rim. Excellent views of the plains, the other volcanos and the Rocky Mountains far to the west. Nice paved walking trails around the crater.