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Capulin Volcano
Located in north-eastern New Mexico east of Raton is the 60,000 year-old Capulin Volcano.   A paved road spirals up the steep sides of the mountain, which is 8,182 feet high.   In this photo, the volcano is seen in the background. 
 

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A view of the volcano from the village of Capulin (located about three miles away). 

 

A beautiful view of the New Mexico landscape looking west from near the top of Capulin Volcano.  In the distance is the 75-mile-long Raton Range

 

 This is the elevation at the parking lot near the top of the mountain.

 

At about 8,000 feet elevation, the trail was a steep climb.  Here is a photo of me as we make our way to the edge of the caldera.

 

 A view down into the valley of the road leading to Capulin Volcano.

 

Gil making his way to the top of the cinder cone.  In the background are other  volcanoes in the distance.

 

 The view of the village of Capulin (about three miles distant) with other volcanoes visible in the background.

 

 Gil, and my daughter Robyn, near the top of the cone.

 

Here I am with a view into the caldera behind me.  Not visible in this photo is a small herd of mule deer grazing at the bottom.

 

 An information plaque over-looking the caldera of the volcano.

 

 The view of Sierra Grande south-east of Capulin.

 

 A quick photo of the small visitor's center located at the foot of the volcano.

 

A parting-shot of Capulin Volcano along U.S. 64/87 as we head for Clayton, NM and the Oklahoma border.