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Educational Fee Waivers

Educational waivers will be provided in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36: if the request is from "organized tours or outings conducted for educational or scientific purposes related to the resources of the area visited by bona fide institutions established for these purposes. Applicants for waiver of fees on this basis will be required to provide documentation of their official recognition as educational or scientific institutions by Federal, State, or local government bodies and will also be required to provide a statement as to the purpose of the visit proposed. The use of any recreation facilities for which a fee waiver is requested must relate directly to scientific or educational purposes of the visit and may not be primarily for recreational purposes." Service Organizations such as Scouts do not qualify for a fee waiver.

  • Colleges/Universities: Will need to include a copy of their course syllabus with the fee waiver in order to receive approval.
  • Elementary/Middle/High Schools: Will need to send a cover letter with the official school letterhead or tax exemption. School groups are recommended to participate in the "I Lava Volcanoes Curriculum-Based Program." This is a fun and interactive program that uses experiments to simulate volcanic eruptions.

To apply for an Educational Fee Waiver please download and complete the Fee Waiver Application and send it to us by e-mail. Dates are reserved on a first come, first served basis. The park staff require that all fee waivers be submitted no later than 3 weeks before intended visit.

Black and white photo of an aerial view of Capulin Volcano.  The volcano crater is very evident while the road spiraling up the volcano's slope appears as a thin light scar.
Capulin Volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world due to the road built by Superintendent Homer Farr in 1925.


Buses and Vehicles over 26 feet

Due to the extreme nature of Volcano Road, vehicles over 26 feet are prohibited from driving to the top of Capulin Volcano. Exceptions may be made IF the following conditions are met:

  • Park staffing allows for traffic control.
  • The request is made at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • The driver must have a valid Commercial Driver's License.
  • Specific times for departure to and from the Volcano Rim are agreed upon. Late arrival and/or departure may result in lack of access to the Volcano Rim.

Organizations which do not qualify for an Educational Fee Waiver will pay an $18 Special Use Fee in addition to the park entry fee. For more information about fees, please the fees page.

Last updated: October 16, 2018

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