• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Things To Do

color photograph of Capulin Volcano at greenup in the spring.
Capulin Volcano National Monument offers a variety of activities for the visitor. With nearly five miles of hiking trails, visitors can experience a varied landscape. See the Rocky Mountains from the volcano top, or explore Capulin's very own lava flow at its base. For our younger visitors, Junior Ranger and Junior Junior Ranger books are available by request. Stop by the Visitor Center to check out the park film and pick up a brochure before heading up to the rim.

The paved 2 mile Volcano Road to the top and paved trails into the crater and around its rim provide access to explore the volcano and 360 degree views of the surrounding area. While you're there, listen to a ranger-led interpretive program to get a better understanding of Capulin's geology, ecology, and history.
 

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.