Crater Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Union County, New Mexico. It is within Capulin Volcano National Monument. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 7,885 feet altitude. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Capulin Mountain (elevation 8,156 feet) volcano can be seen along the trail.
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"The Great Plains may seem an unusual setting for volcanic activity, but the Raton-Clayton volcanic field covers more than two hundred square miles and holds about one hundred volcanic centers from which lava has flowed during the past 8 million years. These volcanoes mark the easternmost limit of recent volcanic activity in the United States.The trail to the lakes is surprisingly gentle, threading through deep conifer forest up and above the canyon of the East Fork of the Red River. Ample campsites are available along the way, and this beautiful area invites more than a day trip. Both lakes host good populations of trout and are popular destinations for anglers."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"About 60,000 years ago, Capulin Volcano was built up over 1,000 feet above the surrounding plain by fountains of ash and lava. Scores of other surrounding peaks and hills were built during the same and other periods of volcanism. Because Capulin’s three lava flows erupted from vents at the base of the mountain, the peak retained a very symmetrical cinder cone shape. In the center of the cone lies the original crater.
The loop trail begins and ends at the parking lot. The climb is less steep if you start on the south side. The trail follows the circular rim of the crater. Vegetation has gained a good foothold on the steep, cinder-covered mountain.
Dogs are not allowed."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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