Map of Capulin Volcano National Monument in New Mexico
Detailed guide of Capulin Volcano National Monument In northeastern New Mexico, east of Raton.
Capulin Volcano National Monument In northeastern New Mexico, east of Raton.
Capulin Volcano, named for the capulin (chokecherry) plants that grow on its slopes, is a cinder cone formed by a volcanic eruption that occurred between 56,000 and 62,000 years ago. The 1,082-foot mountain that remains consists mostly of loose cinders and ash, and is one of the most accessible cinder cones in the United States. The pinyon-juniper woodland and brush-covered slopes in the High Plains ecosystem of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field provide habitat for a number of animal species. The monument was proclaimed August 9, 1916, as Capulin Mountain National Monument, then changed to Capulin Volcano National Monument on December 31,1987.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Driving, hiking, picnicking, watching movie. Facilities: Visitor center, movies, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Book and map sales, picnic tables with fire grates. Programs & Events: Ranger-led volcano talks (daily June-Aug.). Tips & Hints: Avoid rim trail during threatening weather. Go in June and July for wildflower bloom peaks and ladybugs swarming on rim trail. Visit in May, late Aug., and Sept. for best weather with few visitors. Busiest June and July, least crowded Jan. and Feb.
Restaurants: None in park. In Capulin: Capulin Country Store (corner of U.S. 64/87 and Rte. 325, tel. 505/278-3900; $5-$8; no dinner, closed Nov.-Apr. on Mon.-Thurs.).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $5 per vehicle, $3 per person on motorcycle. No hunting. No off-trail hiking. No pets or strollers on trails. No trailers, towed vehicles, pedestrians, or bikes on volcano road. Park and visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sun.-Thurs. 7:30-6:30, Fri. and Sat. dawn-dusk; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4.
HOW TO GET THERE
3 mi north of Capulin via Rte. 325; 37 mi east of Raton or 61 mi west of Clayton via U.S. 64/87. Closest airport: Raton.
Capulin Volcano National Monument (Box 40, Capulin, NM 88414, tel. 505/278-2201, fax 505/278-2211, Raton Chamber and Economic Development Council (100 Clayton Rd., Raton, NM 87740, tel. 505/445-3689).
Capulin Volcano National Monument guide. Detailed guide of Capulin Volcano National Monument In northeastern New Mexico, east of Raton