• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Exotic Species

Color photograph of Common Mullein in bloom.

Mullein

NPS photo

While the prairie surrounding Capulin is grazed by cattle, the prairie and grasslands within the monument are preserved in their native state. Unfortunately, interspersed among the native grasses are several nonnative plant species that disrupt the ecological integrity of the mixed-grass prairie. Common Mullein, Houndstongue, Hoary Cress, Cheatgrass and Russian Thistle are just some examples of invasive nonnative plants that are competing with the native species. The monument, through its resource management efforts, renders aid to the native prairie plants and actively discourages the invasive exotics.

Did You Know?

Color photograph by David Umbach of lizard peeking over edge of rock.

Lizards and other reptiles need to warm up in the sun. Visitors to Capulin Volcano often see lizards scurry into rock crevices when startled.