• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Road Work

    When entering the park, watch out for road crew on April 16. Flaggers are on site to guide traffic to the visitor center. The vistor center and Volcano Road are open. Please call for more information.

Guided Tours

During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), interpretive programs and demonstrations covering a variety of topics are offered daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and by special arrangement by contacting Park Ranger Lynn Cartmell at (575) 278-2201 x 231. Rangers are also available on trails and in the visitor center to answer questions. No fees are charged for ranger talks.
Students participating in an Operation Hummingbird program.
NPS L. Cartmell

Program offerings for Summer 2013 include:

Out of this World Volcanoes- Volcanoes are not restricted to the planet Earth. Join us for a night hike and star party to learn about volcanoes in space. (August 31)

Operation Hummingbird- The park is abuzz with these flighty feathered creatures. Help us monitor them by learning about their contribution to climate change. (Banding every Friday at 8:00 a.m.)

I Lava Volcanoes!- Learn about the geological processes that formed the Raton-Clayton volcanic field and Capulin Volcano and experience a fun foam explosion replicating a volcanic event.

Our Dynamic Earth- Discover the dynamic geological processes that create volcanoes. Learn about the life cycle of a cinder cone volcano and glimpse the violence of an eruption by handling volcanic bombs.

Riding the Range- Step back in time with a ranger as he or she introduces you to Capulin Volcano's history as a marker on the Santa Fe Trail and the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail. Learn about the outlaws and cowboys who traveled through the area.

Wild Animals I Have Known: Hunting Lobo- Join a park ranger in exploring the past of Ernest Thompson Seton, famed conservationist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Learn about Lobo, the elusive wolf, and the events that forever changed Seton's life. (Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m.)

What's Blooming- Hike with a ranger and experience nature. Learn about the different wildflowers that call Capulin Volcano home.

Bear Aware- Prevalent in New Mexico, these beautiful creatures love humans, especially our trash. Learn how to prevent and reduce conflicts between humans and bears.

The Diverse Life- New Mexico is a uniquely diverse land with a wide variety of flora and fauna that co-exist in a delicate balance. Explore the Capulin Volcano and learn about its biodiversity.

Did You Know?

Solidago capulinensis

Solidago capulinensis is a species of Goldenrod that cannot be found growing wild anywhere but the slopes of Capulin Volcano.