Capulin, New Mexico: Drive to Rim of Volcano

Although extinct for centuries, the Capulin Volcano has a parking lot at its rim, and a trail that leads down into its mouth. Hope it stays extinct....

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Hwy 325, Capulin, NM
Capulin Volcano National Monument. Nine miles west of Des Moines on US Hwy 64/87, between mileposts 377 and 378. From US Hwy 64/87 turn north onto Hwy 325. Drive three miles. Turn right onto the crater rim drive.
$20 per vehicle.
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Lady bug frenzy.

Drive to Rim of Volcano

Was a great hike around the rim - amazing views. Look for the hordes of lady bugs eating the aphids!

[Amelia, 09/10/2021]

Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Capulin Volcano

Still $20 per car (or free with National Parks Pass) and well worth the drive to the top for the spectacular view. Be sure to call ahead for potential closings due to inclement weather or unscheduled construction.

[S. Michael Wilson, 03/12/2020]


Drive to Rim of Volcano

Beautiful views from the volcano, 30 minute hike around rim, steam at points, but worth it! $20 per vehicle now

[Jen Bodhi, 07/02/2019]

Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Capulin Volcano

The price is now $15 per car, but still worth the stop. Very steep trails.

[Jamie Rinne, 02/08/2018]

Visitors drive up to the parking lot at the rim of the extinct volcano, then can walk the trails down into it.

Drive to Rim of Volcano

The visitor center is currently closed for updating. There is a temporary building being used until the renovation is completed so the educational video is unavailable. There is a cost of $7 per vehicle to drive up the volcano. The hike to the center is .2 miles the hike around the rim is 1 mile. We find it a fun way to stretch our legs.

[Twinplets, 03/16/2017]

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