This is a very rural route. Do NOT attempt it unless you are prepared to carry ALL water, food and gear you may need for the entire distance. There is a water pump at the checkpoint in Branson, but it is frequently out-of-service. You may be able to get soda at vending machines at the Capulin Volcano National Monument Visitor Center. There is a store in the town of Capulin (at the intersection of NM-325 and US-64/87), but it closes fairly early.
Pavement is mostly normal for rural NM, but NM-325 between Folsom and Capulin is in very bad condition with lots of broken pavement. US-64/87 was recently resurfaced and the shoulder is in good condition.
The only public toilets are USFS porta-potties near Sugarite, the Volcano Visitor Center (if you arrive before it closes), and Capulin if store is open.
You will not be able to ride the Volcano section until after the gate closes at 4:30PM so plan your start time accordingly. (See the Capulin Volcano website for more info - http://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm)
Because of the requirement of scheduling around the Volcano visitor hours, most of the year riders will need lights and reflective gear to complete this ride.
This is a beautiful route with little traffic (even on US-64/87 most of the year). The view from the Volcano is often spectacular. The Volcano crater is unique and definitely worth a visit. Rural New Mexico drivers are generally very courteous. There is a 5-foot law in NM!
|Starts in:||Raton, New Mexico, US|
|Elevation:||+6909 / -6911 ft|