Capulin Volcano National Monument is located in Capulin New Mexico. It is open year-round (weather permitting) closing only Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
When we went, the visitor center was under construction and there was a temporary building that you check into and pay your entry fees. There are porta-potties available while construction takes place.
There was a short nature trail near the visitor center. It had signs explaining the vegetation and wildlife that is to be found in the area.
You can drive up to a parking lot area with some amazing views. There are restrooms available at this point also. From here there are a few different trails you can hike.
We did a short trail called “The Crater Vent Trail”. It was only about .2 of a mile but was approx 100 feet decline down to the bottom of the crater. It seemed like a short trail until we had to go back up…lol.
We also started to do “The Crater Rim Trail”. This trail is approx 1 mile long and loops around the edges (Rim) of the volcano. It appeared to have some steep inclines and decent. I say appeared because we only got a short way around when we realized a storm was heading our way. Since we rode the motorcycle, we decided we better head back.
There are 2 more hiking trails that we did not even get a chance to check out. They are “The Lava Flow Trail” and “The Boca Trail”. The Lava Flow Trail is a 1-mile loop and the Boca trail is a 2 mile “strenuous” trail.
When you check-in at the visitor center you will receive a map with all the different trails and their difficulty. We would definitely like to get back there in the future and at least finish the “The Crater Rim Trail”.
Date Of Visit: August 31st, 2017