• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Operating Hours & Seasons

Capulin & Sunflower field
Capulin Volcano with summer colors.
NPS R. Richman

When is it busy?

Capulin Volcano is relatively uncrowded and quiet October through March. Visitation is lowest in January and February. Visitation is highest from April through September. July is the busiest month at the park, with approximately 15,000 visitors. Summer weekends tend to be busier than mid-week and heavy visitation can necessitate traffic control which may result in delays in visiting the volcano rim.

Park Hours

On May 25, 2014, summer hours will go into effect. The park will be staffed daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vehicles may travel to the volcano rim until 4:50 p.m.

The park is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Throughout most of the year, NPS staff are present from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer months are the exception. Vehicles may travel to the volcano rim only during staffed hours. Visitors may access the road to the rim until ten minutes to closing. After hours, visitors are welcome to hike or bike the road to the top.

The park is open all winter, weather permitting. The park will close if the state highway to the area is closed. The volcano road can close at the discretion of park staff. Current road status is available by calling (575) 278-2201 x 302

Did You Know?

color photograph of tumuli or squeezeup

Tumuli or squeezeups usually develop when lava flows on level ground. A mound of lava is pushed up from the flow when the crust buckles, with additional pressure from the liquid lava of the flow.