Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

View from the top.(Special Section)

Byline: Eric L. Reiner For the Journal

At Capulin Volcano National Monument you can look deep into the earth or as far as the eye can see

Imagine standing on the rim of a giant ice cream cone. You could stare down into the cavity or gaze afar from the wondrous height.

Such is the experience at Capulin Volcano National Monument, which showcases nature's force, abundant wildlife and impressive, long-distance views.

Established in 1916, the National Park Service attraction lies roughly 35 miles to the east of Raton and 55 miles west of Clayton in the easternmost volcanic field in the United States. Don't worry: Even though the field has been active during the past 9 million years, experts aren't expecting another eruption any time soon.

Capulin Volcano, at an elevation of 8,182 feet, is a cinder cone. That's geology-speak for a pile of volcanic rocks with a cone hollowed out in the middle. …

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