Basic Information

Elevations in the park range from approximately 7,000 feet to 8,182 feet on the crater rim. Windy conditions may exist at the top of the volcano. Summers are mild (highs in the mid-80sF/approximately 30C). Thunderstorms are common in July and August. Light jackets may be needed during the summer. Winters are cold, and blizzards may result in temporary park closures. Warm and layered clothing should be worn the rest of the year.

Capulin Volcano Visitor Center

The Visitor Center includes exhibits, a park film, and a bookstore.

 

Come see the world, or at least about 8,000 square miles of volcanic field, from the top of Capulin Volcano.

 
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Oversized Vehicle Information
Capulin Volcano's Compendium states that the maximum size of vehicle allowed on the Volcano Road is 26 feet in length and/or 8 feet in width. In order to accommodate large vehicles (motorhomes, buses, etc.) we must stop traffic. Learn more about large vehicle restrictions and our traffic control procedures.

 
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Trailer and Towed Vehicles
No trailers or towed vehicle are permitted on the Volcano Road. If you are towing a trailer it will have to be unhitched and left at the Visitor Center. If you are driving an RV towing a vehicle, you will have to unhitch and drive the smaller vehicle to the volcano rim. Semi-tractors with trailers. Turns in the visitor center area are tight and narrow. If you wish to come to the park, we suggest you unhook the trailer on the gravel patch outside the park boundary fence.

 
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Severe Weather
Weather in northeastern New Mexico can be unpredictable and change with little notice. Thunderstorms are common in April through September and can be quite severe. Severe weather ranging from lightning and rain to snow and ice may close the road and/or the trails at Capulin Volcano. Current road conditions are available by calling 575-278-2201 x 302.

 
Camping

Lodging
Lodging and camping are not available within Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin, NM, 3 miles from the park, has an RV and tent campground with some cabins for rent. Raton and Clayton, NM, have numerous local and national chain motels. Commercial campgrounds and state parks are also available in the Raton and Clayton areas.

 
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Food
Food service is not available within the park boundaries. The park store has some select snacks and a water bottle refilling station. The closest restaurant is The Sierra Grande Restaurant in Des Moines, NM, which is open year round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other restaurants and fast food are available in Raton and Clayton.

The park's picnic area is open year round and has tables, restrooms, and trash containers. Restrooms are closed from mid-October to mid-May.

 
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Pets
Pets are prohibited in all buildings and on all trails other than the Nature Trail, which is a short 10 minute trail adjacent to the Visitor Center. In areas where pets are allowed, they must be on a leash and attended by an owner.

 
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Leave No Trace
Our special places deserve special care. Learn how you can help us take care of Capulin Volcano National Monument by observing Leave No Trace principles.

Last updated: June 26, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Des Moines, NM 88418

Phone:

(575) 278-2201

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