Fees

Five construction workers wear hardhats as they work to install a concrete foundation.  In the foreground workers shovel and smooth wet concrete which is dispensed from a trough to the right.  Trees line the close horizon.
Deferred maintenance projects are made possible by fee collection revenue.

Photo:  NPS

Thank you for supporting your public lands! All park visitors traveling to the volcano rim are required to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Capulin Volcano participates in the congressionally authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, the park keeps 100% of all fees collected. Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects the parks have been unable to fund through yearly Congressional allocations. For more information pleaes visit Your Fee Dollars at Work.

 

Capulin Volcano Entrance Passes

Capulin Volcano prefers payment of all fees and permits with credit and debit cards. It saves a significant amount of money, helps us be safe,secure, and effective and allows us to spend more time with you. A limited amount of cash passes are available.

Oversized Vehicles:
Due to current staffing limitations, vehicles over 26 feet are prohibited to drive up Volcano Road. Exceptions to this rule include educational groups and commercial tours with a driver who holds a current CDL and who have made arrangements with the scheduling office at 575-278-2201. Appointments must be received at least 3 weeks in advance. For more information about educational group visits, please see the Plan a Field Trip page.

Per private vehicle: $20.00 - receipt valid for 7 Days
Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants to Capulin Volcano National Monument. Please contact us in advance if you are arriving in a large vehicle (RV) or bus. The maximum size of a vehicle allowed on the Volcano Road without a permit is 26 feet in length and/or 8 feet in width. Passes may be upgraded to annual passes within 7 days of purchase.

Per private motorcycle: $15.00 - receipt valid for 7 Days
Admits one private motorcycle and all occupants to Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin Volcano accepts the America the Beautiful - Federal Lands Passes (Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes) in place of an entrance fee. Passes may be upgraded to annual passes within 7 days of purchase.

Per person entry: $10.00 - receipt valid for 7 Days
Admits one person ariving on foot or bycicle, or by comercial operator to Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Capulin Volcano Annual Pass: $35.00 - valid for 12 months from the month of purchase.
Admits one private vehicle and all occupants to Capulin Volcano National Monument.

 
A collage of 7 park passes.  Four in a vertical row on the left with three on the right.  The orientation is landscape except the last one on the lower right which is the 4th grade pass.
America the Beautiful Passes are often the most economical way to support your public lands.

Photo:  NPS Dan Kish

Interagency Passes

Capulin Volcano sells and accepts all America the Beautiful interagency annual and lifetime passes. The interagency passes are a great way to save money while supporting your public lands. Discounted passes included free passess may be available depending on eligibility. For more information please visit the America the Beautiful NPS web page.
 

Fee Free Days 2019

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

 

Groups

Non-Commercial Organized Groups: $10.00 - per individual 16 and older valid for 7 days
Organized groups such as Scouts, Rotary, Clubs, Youth Groups, Churches, Reunions, etc. that do not qualify for an Academic Fee Waiver. Fees will not exceed the commercial fee for the same-sized vehicle. Youth 15 and under are free. Individuals or families with any valid Annual or Lifetime pass may use their pass for entry at the per person rate. The maximum size of a vehicle allowed on the Volcano Road without a permit is 26 feet in length and/or 8 feet in width.

Commercial Tours
Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. The entry fees of commercial tours are based upon the total capacity of vehicles that can carry seven or more passengers regardless of the actual number of passengers.

$25.00+: 1-6 Passengers
$40.00: 7-25 Passengers
$100.00: 26+ Passengers

Beginning October 1, 2019 commercial rates and policy will change to a nationwide structure yet to be finalized.

 
Four workers are repairing a flat roof.  The workers wear hard hats.  Two workers kneel while the other two are standing.  To the right down below a sidewalk disappears into the horizon which is full of trees.
The visitor center roof repair was made possible with fee collection revenue.

Photo:  NPS

Your Fee Dollars at Work

Thank you for supporting your public lands! One hundred percent of recreational fees collected in the monument are reinvested right here at Capulin Volcano. The monument uses revenues from fees for all kinds of projects, including deferred maintenance projects, that improve visitor facilities like park roads, buildings, utilities, trails, and more.

On average Capulin Volcano collects a little over $200,000 in recreation fees per year which goes directly into projects benefiting the visitor experience and deferred maintenance projects. Over time, this adds up to dozens of projects completed using fee money. Visit the Your Fee Dollars at Work page for project highlights and future plans.

Last updated: April 29, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Des Moines, NM 88418

Phone:

(575) 278-2201

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