I had to travel to Trinidad Colorado for work so in the afternoon I hopped the border to New Mexico and climbed Capulin Volcano. I also hiked to the bottom of the crater. Since the national monument Trails close at 4:15 PM that's all I had time for.
From the parking lot, did the loop trail around the rim, hitting the high point along the way. At the end, also ventured down into the crater.
I had driven by this peak many times and had not taken the time to stop at the National Monument. Very nice place to learn and take a short hike.
Caught the pre-sunset light after doing Sierra Grande earlier in the day. Nice, quiet walk around the rim, not too many people. Sweet spot!
Hiked all the trails at Capulin on the way home from Black Mesa. It is a wonderful little monument with beautiful 360 degree panoramas. Don't forget the trails at the base of the volcano. They are short and cover some fun terrain.
Middle of Nowhere
Came here once before and it was socked in. Today, the sky was clear and it was pretty breezy at the top. Hiked the paved rim trail and got pretty nice views in all directions. Well worth the hike. The $15 vehicle entry fee seemed a bit steep though for such a small park.
Did this alongside: Baby Capulin, Twin Peaks. Walked the rim. Cool day. Would definitely go back.
After three other stops here, twice very late in the evening and once in heavy snow, I finally made it here while the gate was open. Great trail up top, and another one into the cone. Lovely.
A quick stop on our cross country drive. I made a point of adding this to our itinerary once I discovered it was a national monument.
Went here after Black Mesa on the way to Colorado and hiked in and around the crater.
I got dragged here but ended up loving the hike. Wonderful views!
I first wished to hike from base to summit, but instead of doing a road walk, I lazily drove up the volcano and walked the crater rim. Great landscape here.
Nice hike around the rim in November - warm but not summer hot. Be sure to go down into the caldera too.
Hummingbirds and lizards everywhere.
Nice quick walk, magnificent views.
I hiked this one with crutches and an ankle compression boot while my wife waited in the car in the upper parking lot.
Stopped by on my way to Amarillo. Walked the Crater Rim Trail and the Crater Vent Trail. Beautiful views, and nice to learn about the geology of the area.
Long drive from Denver, i took my son with me, we had good time exploring this area.
Tad windy, but nice...