Rim of the Bandera Volcano cinder cone
This is a picture of the cinders that make up the cone of this ancient volcano.
Looking down into the caldera or cinder cone at Bandera Volcano
This is the view from the lookout spot where we could look down into the caldera or cinder cone.
As you can see debris falls down the steep sides of the caldera. This is probably one of the finest examples anywhere of a volcanic caldera.
Bandera Volcano cinder cone
This is a cross section of the Bandera Volcano cinder cone as viewed from the walking path taking us to the lookout point where we were able to peer down into the caldera. This volcano is a cinder cone and we are walking up the side on a well worn path. This volcano began as the earth started to swell. Eventually, a crack broke open and high pressure lava began spraying out. the molten rock hardened in midair falling back to the ground as cinders. As the eruption continued, the cinder cone got larger and larger. What you see here are small cinders that make up this mountain.
This is the Bandera cinder cone volcano near Grants, New Mexico
This is a picture of the Bandera cinder cone volcano taken as we headed north on SR-53 toward Grants and our motorhome. To get there we have to go over the Continental Divide and pass by Bandera Crater. That is Bandera with snow on it. It has been snowing on us all day. At lower elevations the snow was evaporating but above 8,000-feet it is sticking.
Cinder Cone Volcano south of El Malpais National Park
By the time we approach Fence Lake on SR-36 we are entering the region containing a string of some 30-volcanic cones that generally stretch from north to south through here.
Cinder cone volcano south of the El Malpais lava flow near Grants, New Mexico
One of the volcanic cinder cones visible from SR-117 on the southern leg of our drive. More importantly this valley is covered with sand eroded over the centuries and not lava flow. If you look closely in the distance you may see the southern end of the El Malpais lava flow.
One of the cider cone volcanos south of Grants, New Mexico
Capulin Volcano is a classic cinder cone volcano
This is Capulin Volcano in northeastern New Mexico. The scar you see on the side is the road cut that takes you to the rim.
We stopped in Capulin, New Mexico so we could visit Capulin Volcano and take a scenic drive through this volcano influenced landscape.
Both Capulin Volcano, a National Monument, and the scenic drive turned out to be super.
Capulin Volcano is a classic cone-shaped cinder cone.
The mountain is a "cinder cone" surrounding a volcanic vent. As the volcano belched liquid magma high into the air it would fall back to earth as various sized and shaped cinders and ash. As more and more cinders were thrown out of the vent they piled up around the vent forming the classic "Cinder-Cone" volcano.
Looking down into the old "vent" in Capulin Volcano from the rim
Capulin Volcano has been preserved as a National Monument. A road has been cut into the steep sloping side of the mountain that leads to the rim. At the rim there is a parking area.
A foot path circles the craters rim, affording stupendous views of the surrounding countryside
Another trail takes you down into the cinder cone.
Capulin Volcano National Monument is located in northeast New Mexico
Capulin Volcano National Monument preserves a cinder cone volcano.
The steep sloping side of Capulin Volcano from the road that leads to the rim
The steep slope of Capulin Volcano is cormprised of various size cinders thrown from the volcano.
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