~60,000 years ago it erupted~

On Monday, October 28, 2013 we left Colorado City, CO and traveled to Capulin, NM, with plans to stay at Capulin RV Park and visit the Capulin Volcano National Monument. For an interesting story about how a family from OK settled in Capulin, NM visit their web-site at http://www.capulinrvpark.com and read their story.

Like so many people, traveling Hwy 64/87, we for many years drove by this beautiful national park. We are very glad we decided to stay and visit the park. It is a pleasant way to spend a couple of days to include: hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, photo taking and to learn a little history of the area. What a diverse and beautiful country we live in!

Capulin Volcano National Monument is located off of Hwy 325, three miles north of the town of Capulin, NM on U.S. 64 and 87 and 30 miles east of Raton and I-25.

Entering the Volcano National Park
Entering the Volcano National Park
Elevation at Capulin Volcano
Elevation at Capulin Volcano
History of Capulin Volcano
History of Capulin Volcano

The following information was taken from this web-site: http://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm

The Mountain Tells Its Story:

Capulin Volcano erupted into existence 60,000 years ago. Capulin’s birth occurred toward the end of a period of regional volcanism that began 9 million years ago.

Capulin, where The Grasslands of the Great Plains and the Forests of the Rocky Mountains meet:

Although Capulin is primarily known for its volcanic geology, the park boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal life. The grasslands of the Great Plains and the forests of the Rocky Mountains combine at Capulin to form a unique ecotone which provides habitat for 73 species of birds in addition to numerous other animals. Mule deer can be found in abundance both at the base of the volcano and on its slopes, while elk, black bears, coyotes, and mountain lions occasionally make appearances within park boundaries.

Cah-poo-leen:

Plants in the area include prairie grasses and wildflowers, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and juniper. Legend has it that the volcano was named capulin (cah-poo-LEEN) after the Spanish word for chokecherry. The chokecherry grows throughout the park, along with mountain mahogany, scrub oak, and three-leaf sumac. (I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in the spring.)

You can read the full story, at the Capulin Volcano National Monument web-site:

http://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm

Too bad it was a cloudy, overcast day; however it was beautiful anyway!

Looking out across the plains
Looking out across the plains

This is the view once you reach the top of the volcano.

Looking down into the volcano
Looking down into the volcano

Look close in the upper right of the photo and you can see people down at the base.

Volcanic Rocks
Volcanic Rocks

This view is at the base looking up a wall of rock.

Howard taking a shot!
Howard taking a shot!
The Bag Lady and her doggies!
The Bag Lady and her doggies!

Look at the fur on Skye and Kloud to get a feel of just how windy it was at the top, and don’t pay any attention to the lady dressed like a Bag Lady!

My pack
My pack

One of the many picnic areas the park offers, table was sitting off to the right. We are so glad our “girls” love to hike!

The Pack
The Pack

You can see the different types of vegetation in the background. A self-portrait with camera sitting on a picnic table. I had to set the camera and run over for the photo. I guess the girls, both looking in different directions, didn’t want their photo taken.

A beautiful area
A beautiful area

A beautiful area filled with diverse terrain.

Falls Colors
Falls Colors
More fall colors
Volcanic rock everywhere
Sunset
Sunset over the Plains

We left the coach around 5:30pm and headed toward the Monument in hopes of seeing a beautiful sunset. We were not disappointed. views in every direction. At one point we pulled off the road and when I rolled down the window to take some photos, I heard a chorus of moos; their song was extremely loud. Maybe they were admiring the sunset as well.  This is cattle country!

A wonderful way to end a wonderful day!

“The reward is the Journey”

10 thoughts on “~60,000 years ago it erupted~”

    1. Hi Gay, how are you? I sure don’t know about beautiful, but I sincerely appreciate you saying so! I was in my travel mode of dress, usually don’t like to go too far, but what the heck! I call it my Gramicci look!

      If you ever get a chance to stop at the volcano it is worth a visit! Lovely hiking!

      We have decided to stay an additional night here in Dalhart, TX, so heading out Friday morning to Copper Breaks State Park.

    1. Hello Dina! Glad you stopped by. Our “girls” love doing whatever we do and they are great travelers. You should take a trip out west. If you ever get out to Colorado, let me know and we can go birding! Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Birding!!

  1. Thanks for the informative post. I drove past last year on my way to New Orleans and my curiosity was piqued. Great shots of you and the gang as well as the surrounding area. Wind and cold??? Not missing it 🙂

    1. Not missing the wind and cold are ya, why not? 🙂
      As you might know we are from the New Orleans area, moved from there in 1986 to Colorado! Always enjoy going back to LA for the FOOD! Thanks for you lovely comments!

    1. Hi LuAnn, thanks for your sweet comments! I believe this area is worth seeing. I bet it is beautiful in the spring. I hope you are continuing to enjoy your travels! Enjoy you weekend!

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