Capulin Volcano National Monument (Volcano Week 5)

The solitary road that leads to the top of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico curves gracefully around to the top of the crater. Capulin Volcano is an almost-perfect cone-shaped inactive volcano that rises more than 300 metres from the surrounding plains. “Capulín” is the Spanish name for chokecherry, a type of tree native to North America. Just four years after New Mexico became a state (1912), Capulin Volcano was made a National Monument (1916) by President Wilson. Here’s a view of the volcano from the nearby US Route 87. You’ll notice that Route 87 connects…

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