Volcanic cinder cones are not uncommon in some areas of the West, but more unusual in the otherwise rather featureless, grassy plains of northeast New Mexico, where a particularly large example forms the centerpiece of Capulin Volcano National Monument
. A narrow road climbs to the top, from where a loop trail circles the rim, and another path explores some overgrown lava deposits at the base. The monument is a long way from any other major attractions, hence the low number of visitors, though it is close to a major cross-state highway, US 64/87.
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