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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Subfacility of La Mesa Park Airport

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Admission Fee

Price per private vehicle: $5. Receipt valid for 7 days.

Other Link Capulin Volcano National Monument website

Geological History

Although long extinct, Capulin Volcano offers visitors excellent opportunities for observing and understanding volcanic formation and 10 million years of geologic history in northern New Mexico.


Capulin Volcano is approximately 4 miles in circumference at the base with a crater diameter of 1450 feet and an elevation of 8182 feet at the highest point. It's an excellent site for hiking.


The visitor center contains exhibits about geology, natural history and human history of Capulin Volcano. A ten-minute video shown in the visitor center auditorium details the story of Capulin's eruption and the surrounding Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field.

Ranger Talks

During the summer, short ranger talks are offered twice each day, more often if staffing permits. Rangers are available on trails and in the visitor center to answer questions. No fees are charged for ranger talks.


The monument is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day. The Volcano Road is closed to vehicles after park hours.


Capulin Volcano accepts federal passports, including all Interagency Passes, Golden Age, and Golden Access for fees. Find information on national parks passes.


Contact the park for information about fees for groups and buses. Educational groups may apply for a waiver of park fees by writing the superintendent prior to park visit. Fee waivers cannot be approved at the time the group arrives at the park.

Annual Passes

For $10, Capulin Volcano also offers an annual pass for the monument. The pass is valid for entrance at Capulin Volcano National Monument. The pass is valid for 12 months beginning with the issue month.
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