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GroundControlCapulin Volcano, Summer 2001  Sucess!


Great view from the top--the volcano is so prominent over the rest of the desert, it is amazing watching storms roll in over the horizon.
Posted Jan 13, 2008 10:31 am

eric-grizVolcano  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2003


A nice drive/hike to the summit cone of Capulin Volcano. Great Views of the Sangre de Christos up there.
Posted Nov 26, 2007 8:03 pm

Sarah SimonStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2000

Sarah Simon

Hiked this one with my mom and dad. Blistering sun, scorching heat, but views all around.
Posted May 23, 2007 1:03 pm

CRiedel2My First Volcano  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2006


Stopped by Capulin Volcano as recommended by my dad. The drive from Colorado to the volcano was very picturesque, but the rest of the drive to Texas was completely flat. We hiked the 1/4 mile trail down inside the crater, then the 1 mile trail around the cone. Great views of the surrounding area and some other volcanos in the area. Plenty of benches and information along the hike. I'd recommend checking this out if you're in the area!
Posted Aug 10, 2006 4:37 pm

peakrat76"The Carriage Route"  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2006


Actually, the NPS allows hikers on the Capulin summit road before or after Park hours. The date we climbed, the closing hour was 1600, but to change to 1830 on May 26th. We left our truck at 1630 and returned at 1815 having hiked the road to the "summit" parking lot, then the 1 mile loop around the crater, which includes the actual summit. Great views from the top. Even hiking a road brings one closer to the mountains than driving to the top. We encountered one rattlesnake along the roadside on the way down and gave him wide berth.
Posted May 24, 2006 9:35 pm

Mark DoironDrove/Hiked
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2003

Mark Doiron

Hiked into the crater and partway around the rim.
Posted Apr 20, 2006 5:14 pm

the exploristRoute Climbed: Loop trail and vent trail Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!
Good view from top. You can see several other volcanoes close by.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 11:07 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Rim trail Date Climbed: 5/22/05  Sucess!


Clear day, windy, and very pretty views from the summit!
Posted May 24, 2005 7:50 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: Rim Trail Date Climbed: June 11, 2004  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Cool place. From the summit, you can see "the largest free-standing mountain in North America."
Posted Jun 12, 2004 10:59 pm

petersbikeRoute Climbed: Road and rim trail Date Climbed: April 2 2004  Sucess!


I arrived here on an overcast day, on my way driving up to Denver for my next job. Wanted to bike the singlespeed up the road but road is closed to peds/bikes. Anyhow ran up to the summit from the visitor center and ran around the rim trail,then down to the vent and back to center. ~ 5 miles. Only 2 other old couples at the top. Nice views and alot of scruffy looking deer seen on the rim trail.
Posted Apr 17, 2004 6:46 pm

DukeJHRoute Climbed: Loop Trail and Crater Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


We stopped by on our way to Rocky Mountain National Park and spent more time there than we expected. The views are great from the loop trail.
Posted Feb 16, 2004 12:46 pm

KlenkeRoute Climbed: Da Loop Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


Capulin Volcano: for me it was a solitary sight-seeing mark in my mapbook that I decided to check out on my way by. Actually, by the time I got there I needed a place to car-camp, and this I did on the volcano's north side (a dirt road led to a nice private spot).

The next day I succeeded in locking my keys in the car at the summit parking lot but a kindly other visitor helped me by using a like-sized key to unlock the old door lock. The trip around the crater rim trail loop was very windy. It howled at a sustained 30 MPH with gusts to 50. Even the bottom of the crater saw high winds. It would circle around, bending the tree branches vigorously.

The volcanism of the NE New Mexico area was news to me at the time. I was intrigued by the many vegetated cones dotting the area.
Posted Feb 14, 2004 10:52 pm

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