- On January 16, 1891, Capulin Mountain was withdrawn from public settlement by Congress. On August 9, 1916, it was set aside as Capulin Mountain National Monument by Presidential Proclamation to preserve "...a striking example of recent extinct volcanoes..." which "...is of great scientific and especially geologic interest..." In 1987, Congress changed the name to Capulin Volcano National Monument because of the significance of the volcano. This symmetrical cinder cone is an interesting example of a geologically recent inactive volcano, and continues to be of scientific interest, not only to the educational community but the public as well. The acreage is 792.84, all Federal.
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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Highly Report: An interesting up close and personal view
of an extinct volcano and an absolutely
spectacular 360 degree view of
Northeastern New Mexico. The rim trail (a
moderate climb) is about a mile long, and
takes you through a mixed pinon and scrub
oak community which is in beautiful shape.
Many native grasses and flowers, and a
number of bird species to view. The
monument has a nice interpretive museum.