Hiking

 
Hiker on Rim 3
Hiker on the Crater Rim Trail.

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Capulin Volcano Trails

The Crater Rim Trail is a paved, 1 mile loop around the rim of the volcano. It is moderately difficult due to steep climbs and descents. Informational waysides provide visitors information about the surrounding features in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. No pets.

The Crater Vent Trail is a 0.2 mile (one-way) trail leading to the bottom of the Capulin's crater. This trail is paved and has an elevation change of 100 feet. No pets.

The Lava Flow Trail at the base of the volcano is an unimproved, 1 mile loop that crosses one of the volcano's lava flows while providing great views of the surrounding volcanic topography. No pets.

The Boca Trail is an unimproved, 2 mile strenuous loop through the Boca area. This is the vent area at the base from which the volcano's lava flows originated. The trail provides close up views of numerous geologic features. No pets.

The Nature Trail is adjacent to the visitor center. It is a figure eight sidewalk trail that is handicap accessible. Stop along the way at descriptors discussing plant life, geology, and wildlife in this short walk around a volcanic "squeeze up." Dog Friendly!

The Prairie Trail is accessed by following the Nature Trail to the amphitheatre area to the trailhead. This 1 mile round trip hike through the grasslands is an ideal place to spot mule deer and migrating birds. Dog Friendly!

All trails except the Nature Trail are hiking only. No vehicles, including strollers, are allowed. A child carrier backpack is available for loan at the visitor center.

Last updated: July 11, 2018

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Des Moines, NM 88418

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