Capulin Volcano - Western National Parks Association

Capulin Volcano

National Monument


Capulin Volcano lies within the 8,000-square-mile Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. This showcase of the volcanic geology of northeastern New Mexico is spectacular day or night. The volcanic rim affords views of four states. Its setting has one of the darkest night skies in the country.

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At the meeting place between the shortgrass prairie and the Rocky Mountains, Capulin Volcano National Monument protects a natural and cultural environment that is rich in opportunities to explore and study a dramatic volcanic landscape. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established Capulin Volcano National Monument to preserve the nearly perfectly shaped volcanic cinder cone, which stands more than twelve hundred feet above the surrounding high plains of northeastern New Mexico. Just one of about a hundred volcanic features in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, Capulin Volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world. A two-mile paved road spirals up to the volcano rim, providing unobstructed, panoramic views of the volcanic field, and distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With trails leading around the one-mile rim and to the bottom of the 415-feet-deep crater, you have the unique opportunity to take in some of the most spectacular views in the West.

Stories from Capulin Volcano

Biology and Occurrence of the Capulin Alberta Arctic Butterfly at Capulin Volcano National Monument
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