Day 972: Capulin Volcano National Monument

Today we drove east across the San Luis Valley towards the eastern edge of the Rockies:

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We crossed into New Mexico and arrived at Capulin Volcano National Monument, a well-preserved cinder cone volcano:

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We watched the visitor center film and checked out the exhibits:

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Next we drove up the access road that winds around the volcano.  The parking lot is along the rim of the volcano.  Looking down into the caldera:

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From the rim, we could see other cinder cones in the distance:

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The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their patches and badges:

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We continued east, entering Texas:

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They don’t call it the Great Plains for nothing:

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As we continued east, we were engulfed by a dust storm:

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We continued on to overnight at the Walmart of Dumas, Texas.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 971, Flying Monument Valley, Visiting Hovenweep NM and Valley of the Ancients MN
Day 973: Lake Meredith NRA, Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

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