Visit: Sunday, July 12, 2015, Capulin Volcano National Monument, NM
We decided to take a family vacation, visit my sister up near Denver, and do some outdoor activities along the way. My wife isn't a hiker, and she has some difficulties with altitude, so the next couple of weeks won't be any intensive backpacking. And we'll do a bunch of things that won't be covered in this blog.
But today we did a couple of short hikes at the Capulin Volcano in New Mexico. They say the last eruption was about 60,000 years ago, so most of the rock is covered now with vegetation and small trees. The base of the volcano is around 7250', and the peak is around 8280'. But they have two loops at the base, the one mile Lava loop and a two mile Boca loop. There is a paved trail around the top of the volcano (1 mile) and a short paved trail into the cone (0.2 miles). The only way up for visitors is by the paved road that circles the volcano. We did the trails at the top and the Lava loop at the bottom. I figured it was about perfect for my wife. The trail up at the top has a bit of up and down, but its only difficult if you have trouble with the altitude. Here's a shot of the logged trail from my Explorer.
Here's a shot of the volcano from the lava trail.