Moonlight Trail Trek
Contact: Lynn Cartmell, 575-278-2201
Capulin Volcano National Monument is pleased to invite its neighbors and friends to join in on a Moonlight Trail Trek Saturday, October 8, 2011. Accompany rangers on a one-mile hike around the rim of the volcano crater by the light of a full moon.
The park will open at 8:00 p.m. with entrance fees being waived for those participating. It is requested that visitors wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Children in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Ranger program and earn a night sky patch.
This installment in the Sky at Night program follows two from the summer that were held in partnership with New Mexico State Parks. It will also fulfill Capulin's mission as a partner park in action 27: Starry, Starry Night of the National Park Service's 'A Call to Action'. This action will serve to instill the importance of protecting and preserving our natural night skies from threats such as light pollution.
Capulin Volcano National Monument, a unit of the National Park System, preserves "…a striking example of a recent extinct volcano." The park is located on Highway 325, 3 miles north of the town of Capulin, NM, 30 miles east of Raton, NM, and 56 miles west of Clayton, NM. For more about Capulin Volcano and the National Park Service, check out our website www.nps.gov/cavo or find us on Facebook.
Did You Know?
In the summer of 2011, Capulin Volcano had two unexpected sightings of Bighorn Sheep at the base of the volcano. Pressure from severe drought conditions may have forced the sheep to seek new areas for food.