Should you and Fido find yourselves in northeastern New Mexico, be sure to check out Capulin Volcano National Monument! A furrific example of recent volcanic activity, this 800-acre park features a dramatic landscape created by the now-extinct Capulin Volcano ruffly 60,000 years ago. Located 34 miles east of Raton, the site attracts visitors seeking a fun outdoor adventure with pawsome scenery.
When visiting with your pup, keep in mind that many areas are off-limits to canine guests in order to protect the park's wildlife. Dogs are not allowed in undeveloped areas, in public buildings, and on most trails. They are, however, welcome to stretch their legs on the Nature and Prairie Trails. Adjacent to the visitor center, the Nature Trail is a figure eight sidewalk path with interpretive displays about the area's flora, fauna, and geology. From this trail, you and Fido can stroll to the amphitheater area, where you'll find the trailhead of the Prairie Trail. Also pooch-friendly, this 1-mile round trip hike will take you and your furry pal through the grasslands. If you're quiet, you might spot mule deer and migrating birds!
There is no food service within the park, so pack a lunch to enjoy at the Juniper Picnic Area. In case you need to buy snacks and refill your water bottle, head to the park store. Your canine companion is welcome to hang out in the shelter area at the Volcano Rim and in the developed areas around the visitor center as well.
Wherever you go in the park, always keep your pup on a leash and clean up after them. Remember to bring your own bags! If you'd like to check out the other trails without your pooch, come back within a week; entrance passes for private vehicles are valid for seven days.
A barking good time awaits you and Fido at Capulin Volcano National Monument!