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“Hike the rim”

Capulin Volcano National Monument
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Capulin
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Owner description: Capulin Volcano provides beautiful views, and a reminder of the history of this remote part of New Mexico.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We were on a busy road trip and this was one of our stops. We drove up to the hiking trails. One headed up the rim and the other went down into the volcano. We decided to hike upwards. It was quite steep at times and we are not exactly in top shape but we were fine outside of a little huffing and puffing. If you pace yourself and take advantage of the rest benches, it is not a difficult hike. It's relatively short and the views are spectacular. We forgot our water bottles which would have come in handy but all was well. The only problem I experienced was a swarm of some sort of tiny fly near the top that basically attached itself to our clothing. They were harmless but freaked me out a little. We had to shake them off.

I think it took us oldies about an hour to hike the rim. We were quite pleased with ourselves. We did not do the bottom hike as it didn't seem as interesting.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We visited this attraction on the way back from a Boy Scout summer camp. Upon our arrival, we noticed signage that indicated a fairly expensive entry fee ($7 per vehicle) and that no trailers were allowed to proceed up the road to the volcano. We decided to go ahead and stop for the educational value at the headquarters building, but found it to be mostly a gift shop with two or three static displays about the volcano. It seemed like a lot of hype for not much to see unless you could disconnect your trailer and pay for the vehicle to drive up the side of the volcano. It most likely would have had a great view, but their policies kept us from finding out.

2  Thank MinimalTravels
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

The hike is a mile around the rim and well worth it for the spectacular views. Frequent signs are posted along the trail giving information about the volcano history and current flora. The trail is paved but is steep at times. Benches are spaced along the trail. Take water along to help with the elevation. We stopped during a travel day heading to Colorado and were very happy we did. Even is you don't hike the rim, the views from the parking area are great. There is an entry fee for the park. Well worth a visit.

3  Thank Nomad721
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

This Volcano and it's history is fascinating. We all have a good time each time we stop by for a visit. It is $5 per vehicle fee to drive up the volcano. Once you arrive at the top there is a couple trails, you can down into the volcano or up along the rim.
You can see really far out from the top.
The kids really love the Jr. Ranger program.
There is a water bottle filling station by the restrooms.

It is worth the trip.

2  Thank adgwisdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Two Picnic areas. You can fill up your water bottles with cold water for free by the bathrooms near the neat gift shop at the base of the Volcano. Capulin is a dormant volcano, sorry kids.... There is a minimal fee to get in, think $5 a car load. which is really cheap for a National Park. The park is patrolled and no collecting or rockhounding is allowed. Leave the lava rock where it is so others might enjoy it. The great thing is that you can drive all the way up the volcano to a parking lot below the rim. The paved two lane road goes around and around like the thread on a old fashioned top. believe it or not Capulin Volcano has been a National Monument since 1917! There is a parking area about 85% up the volcano with a spectacular view. You can also; climb further up and walk around the volcano rim on a single file dirt foot path or you can walk on a footpath down into the crater where there is more vegetation. Note: it is a steep climb out of the crater though. The Capulin Volcano National Monument is a little under 30 miles East of Raton but well worth the drive. On your way out you will drive past the tiny 'almost ghost town' of Folsom, NM there you will find a General Store turned Town Museum fee $1.50 per person(any person, same fee for a child.) It is only opened weekends in May and opened also during the week June through Aug. The proprietress is chatty knows all the local history and the displays are fun for kids and adults alike. Worth a stop if you visit in the Summer

3  Thank Magdalena052
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