Sleeping Monsters, Sacred Fires: Volcanoes of New Mexico (2007)


Capulin Volcano, a nearly perfectly-shaped cinder cone, stands more than 1,200 feet above the surrounding High Plains of northeastern New Mexico. The volcano is long extinct, and today the forested slopes provide habitat for mule deer, wild turkey, black bear and other wildlife. Abundant displays of wildflowers bloom on the mountain each summer. A 2-mile paved road spiraling to the volcano rim makes Capulin Volcano one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world. Trails leading around the rim and to the bottom of the crater allow a rare opportunity to easily explore a volcano.
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For 25 million years, volcanos spewed molten rock and ash across New Mexico, forming craters, super volcanos, cinder cones, lava flows and peak-less mountains. Over time, these massive eruptions also planted the seeds of civilization and shaped the identity of New Mexico and its people, particularly American Indians. SLEEPING MONSTERS, SACRED FIRES: VOLCANOS OF NEW MEXICO captures stunning examples of volcanos across the southwestern state. Volcanologists and geologists elucidate the mysteries of these geological marvels and consider when the next "sleeping monster" will awaken.

SLEEPING MONSTERS, SACRED FIRES: VOLCANOS OF NEW MEXICO is produced in conjunction with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Denise Mills


1130 University Boulevard, NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111

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Phone: 505-277-1220

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