Thousands of years ago the
rain of cooling cinders and four lava flows formed a nearly
perfectly-shaped cinder cone know as Capulin Volcano. It rises more
than 1000 feet above the surrounding landscape to an elevation of 7877
feet. Capulin Volcano, now extinct, provides striking evidence of
the volcanic processes that shaped northeastern New Mexico. Today the
volcano is covered with pine forest and provides a habitat for a variety
of wildlife including mule deer,
wild turkey, and black bear.
road spiraling to the top of the volcano and paved trails into the crater
and around its rim provide access to explore the volcano and enjoy
spectacular views of the surrounding volcanic landscape.