• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Road Work

    Expect delays due to road work on HWY 64/87 west of Capulin, between Capulin and Raton, NM.

  • Picnic Area Restrooms Closed

    Restrooms at the picnic area are temporarily closed. The restrooms in the Visior Center and in the Volcano Rim parking lot are open. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Outdoor Activities

Picnic Area

A shady spot in the Picnic Area.

NPS E. UPCHURCH

Opportunities to explore Capulin Volcano from top to bottom are available for all ages and abilities. The Volcano Road provides vehicle access to the top, winding around the volcano with spectacular views in all directions, as well as into the crater. Hiking trails vary from the paved Crater Rim Trail at the top, to unimproved trails winding around Capulin's base.

Hiking or bicycling the Volcano Road is only permitted in the morning before the gate opens to vehicles, and in the evenings after gate closing. This is due to the narrow and winding nature of the road.

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.