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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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Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Drive to Rim of Volcano

Spent 2-3 hours here. Hiked the mile hike around the rim and walked .2 miles to the vent. My 12 and 17 year old give it 5 stars, and completed the junior park ranger book.

[Tammy, 07/21/2023]

Building a Cinder Cone.

Drive to Rim of Volcano

The three mile detour from the main highway is worth a trip to check out this interesting natural feature.

[ColoradoDave, 02/14/2022]

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]

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