• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Exotic Species

Color photograph of Common Mullein in bloom.


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?

Black and white photograph of Folsom projectile point.

Distinctive projectile points found in 1928 imbedded amongst bones from an extinct Bison stunned archeologists and changed the known date of human arrival in the new world from 3,000 years ago to more than 10,000 years ago. The points were named Folsom after the nearby town.