• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Plan Your Visit

No matter what the season, a visit to Capulin Volcano National Monument will be enhanced by planning. Here are a few tips:

  • Most of Capulin Volcano's visitors arrive during the summer months. There is NO camping inside the park. There are a few small campgrounds within driving distance, so if you are planning on staying in the area you might call ahead and reserve a spot. Additionally, gas is NOT available near the park. The nearest gas station is located in Des Moines, NM, approximately ten miles from the park.
  • Elevation is an integral part of the park experience as many people take the trip to the crater rim. The park Visitor Center is situated at 7242 feet and the rim climbs to 8182 feet. While Capulin Volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes in the United States, the crater rim has an elevation change of nearly 500 feet. The available trails on top of the volcano are steep and not appropriate for wheelchairs, strollers, segways, or bicycles.
  • The National Park Service has prohibited pets on trails for many years. In particular, dogs chase wildlife, pollute water sources, and can become defensive and dangerous in unfamiliar surroundings. While pet are allowed in the park, they are only allowed in specific areas. Please see our page on pets for more information.
  • A variety of books, maps, and other materials are available for sale through the Western National Parks Association bookstore. The store offers something for everyone, from the youngest to the most experienced visitor.

Did You Know?

Black bear

Despite its small size, roughly 800 acres, Capulin Volcano National Monument still has predators that hunt within the park’s boundaries. These predators include both Black bear and Cougar.