Capulin Volcano National Monument [Failed]

Capulin Volcano National Monument

My final stop before reaching the Gila Wilderness was at Capulin Volcano National Monument, a large extinct cinder cone volcano that you can drive up to in Capulin, New Mexico. My only mistake was stopping at the entrance sign to get these two photos. Trucks for scale. See that red truck in the first image? … Read more

Gila National Forest Scenic Drive

Gila National Forest - Views of Gila River

Tried to reach Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument– succeeded in visiting, but was too late for the main ranger-led hike and the trail was closed.  Decided to save for another time and just enjoy views of the Gila National Forest on Highway 15. This one is from the Senator Clinton P Anderson Overlook.  I’m not … Read more

Death Valley – Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley - View of Little Hebe crater

Back in Stovepipe Wells village, I topped off the gas tank and paused for some strategery.  Knowing the roads marked for 4×4 only were aptly rated, I reluctantly crossed many destinations off the list (sorry Racetrack Playa, another time).  But fear not, Death Valley has plenty to do without a monster truck!  I took a … Read more

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

I spent a good portion of last night trying to determine my next destination, and still haven’t decided.  So instead, I am winding my way through some local monuments.  First stop near Flagstaff is the Sunset Crater Volcano.  Last erupting about 1,000 years ago, it blanketed the surrounding 800 square miles in ash changing the … Read more