Raton-Clayton volcanic field

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Raton-Clayton volcanic field
Capulin 1980 tde00005.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 1,550 to 2,700 meters (5,090 to 8,860 ft)[1]
Coordinates 36°30′N 104°18′W / 36.5°N 104.3°W / 36.5; -104.3Coordinates: 36°30′N 104°18′W / 36.5°N 104.3°W / 36.5; -104.3[1]
Location New Mexico, US
Topo map USGS Folsom
Age of rock Pliocene to Holocene?[1][2]
Mountain type Volcanic field
Volcanic arc/belt Rio Grande Rift[3][4]
Last eruption 58,000 to 62,000 years ago[5]

Raton-Clayton volcanic field is an extinct volcanic field located in the state of New Mexico, United States. Capulin Volcano National Monument is located in the volcanic field. It is thought to have been formed by the Raton hotspot.[6]

Oblique air photo of Mt. Clayton

Notable Vents[edit]

Name Elevation Location Last eruption
meters feet Coordinates
Capulin[3] 2,494 8,182 36°46′57″N 103°58′11″W / 36.78250°N 103.96972°W / 36.78250; -103.96972 (Capulin) 56,000 to 62,000 years ago
Robinson Mountain[3] - - - -
Sierra Grande[1] 2,658 8,720 36°42′20″N 103°52′34″W / 36.70556°N 103.87611°W / 36.70556; -103.87611 (Sierra Grande) -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Wood, Charles A.; Jűrgen Kienle (1993). Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge University Press. pp. 292–293. ISBN 0-521-43811-X. 
  2. ^ "Volcano Data Criteria". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "Capulin Mountain, New Mexico". VolcanoWorld. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  4. ^ Menzies, Martin A.; Klemperer, Simon L.; Ebinger, C. J.; Baker, Joel (October 2002). Volcanic Rifted Margins (Special Paper (Geological Society of America)). Geological Society of America. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-8137-2362-4. 
  5. ^ "geology". Capulin Volcano National Monument. National Park Service. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field: Capulin Volcano". New Mexico Volcano Directory. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 

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