Capulin Volcano National Monument is known for its amazing view of the surrounding landscape. However as darkness falls, a new landscape is illuminated transforming the night into a place of wonder.

Whether you're a newbie or an experienced amateur, Capulin Volcano offers an excellent place for night sky watching. Our remote location provides naturally dark night skies and our arid climate allows for sharp visual acuity most of the year. Plus, many of our night sky programs include use of the park's telescope and iPads for star mapping.

Come celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies at Capulin Volcano throughout the year. Summer Star Parties are conducted by park staff at the Volcano Rim Parking Lot. Once the light fades, the party kicks off with a tour of the constellations, followed by star viewing through a telescope. Observe neighborly planets, cascading meteors, and distant galaxies. Learn about everything from constellation mythology to how you can help protect such a valuable resource, all in one night!

Can't be here in the summer? Contact the park about scheduling a stargazing event during the winter at 575-278- 2201 or e-mail us.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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