Frequently Asked Questions

How do you pronounce Capulin?

The Spanish pronunciation is Ka-poo-leen, but most people say Cap-u-lin.

When did it last erupt?

The volcanic rock is currently dated at between 56,000 and 62,000 years old. The volcano went extinct after that eruption.

How far is it to the top? Can I drive?

The road around the volcano is 2 miles. Hiking to the top is permitted only when the road is closed to vehicles. Currently the road to the top is closed to all vehicles and hikers due to storm damage.

What is there to do here?

Currently the visitor center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm every day and contains exhibits as well as a 10 minute film about the volcano. You can also hike the Nature, Boca, and Lava Flow trails, and check our Facebook page for more information on scheduled events.

I heard I can see 5 states from here. Which ones?

From the highest point on the crater rim trail on a clear day, visitors can see formations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Some claim to see Kansas, but since there are no high points in western Kansas, it's hard to tell. The last formation in New Mexico to the east, Rabbit Ear Mountain, is visible on clear days and anything beyond it is Texas.

Last updated: October 7, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Des Moines, NM 88418


(575) 278-2201

Contact Us