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Capulin Volcano National Monument
46 Volcano Rd Des Moines
NorthEast
575-278-2201

Capulin Volcano National Monument is an example of an extinct cinder cone volcano, & part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. A paved road spirals around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim. Hiking trails circle the rim as well as down into the mouth of the volcano. Come view a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work. Capulin Volcano National Monument offers a variety of activities for the visitor. With nearly five miles of hiking trails, visitors can experience a varied landscape. See the Rocky Mountains from the volcano top, or explore Capulin's very own lava flow at its base. For our younger visitors, Junior Ranger and Junior Junior Ranger books are available by request. Stop by the Visitor Center to check out the park film and pick up a brochure before heading up to the rim. The paved 2 mile Volcano Road to the top and paved trails into the crater and around its rim provide access to explore the volcano and 360 degree views of the surrounding area. While you're there, listen to a ranger-led interpretive program to get a better understanding of Capulin's geology, ecology, and history.