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    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

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    Expect delays due to road work on HWY 64/87 west of Capulin, between Capulin and Raton, NM.

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    Restrooms at the picnic area are temporarily closed. The restrooms in the Visior Center and in the Volcano Rim parking lot are open. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Moonlight Trail Trek

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News Release Date: September 28, 2011
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?

color photograph of tumuli or squeezeup

Tumuli or squeezeups usually develop when lava flows on level ground. A mound of lava is pushed up from the flow when the crust buckles, with additional pressure from the liquid lava of the flow.