Capulin Volcano National Monument
Capulin Volcano, a nearly perfectly-shaped cinder cone, was formed approximately 60,000 years ago, rising more than 1000 feet above the surrounding landscape.
- Phone: (575) 278-2201
Although long extinct, Capulin Volcano offers visitors excellent opportunities for observing and understanding volcanic formation and 10 million years of geologic history in Northern New Mexico.
Capulin Volcano is approximately 4 miles in circumference at the base with a crater diameter of 1450 feet and an elevation of 8182 feet at the highest point. It's an excellent site for hiking.
The visitor center contains exhibits about geology, natural history and human history of Capulin Volcano. A ten-minute video shown in the Visitor Center auditorium details the story of Capulin's eruption and the surrounding Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field.
During the summer, short ranger talks are offered twice each day, more often if staffing permits. Rangers are available on trails and in the visitor center to answer questions. No fees are charged for ranger talks.
- Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day.
- Winter hours are from Labor Day to Memorial Day: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Summer hours are from Memorial Day through Labor Day: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm.
- The Volcano Road is closed to vehicles after park hours.
Capulin Volcano accepts federal passports, including all Interagency Passes, Golden Age, and Golden Access for fees. Find information on national parks passes.
- Per private vehicle: $5.00 - receipt valid for 7 Days
- Contact the park for information about fees for groups and buses.
For $10, Capulin Volcano also offers an annual pass for the monument.
The pass is valid for entrance at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Valid for 12 months beginning with issue month.