Capulin Volcano road

Capulin Volcano Road, a two mile road to the top of a volcano

Capulin Volcano Road is a short mountain road spiraling the volcano rim, located in the High Plains of northeastern New Mexico, USA. It’s one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world.

The road is 4.18km (2.6 miles) long. It’s paved but steep. It’s closed to RVs, busses, attached trailers or any other vehicles over 26 feet long. Bicycles and pedestrians are only permitted when the road is closed to vehicles after park hours. The drive spirals gradually around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim of the extinct volcano. Be careful as there are sheer drop-offs and tight turns.

Drive at moderate speed. You’re not on a race. The road is pretty steep. Starting from NM-325 road, at 2.191m (7,188ft), the drive is 4.18km (2.6 miles) long, ending at 2.405m (7,890ft) above the sea level. Over this distance the elevation gain is 214 meters. The average gradient is 5.11%. Adverse weather conditions can force the road to close. Always check vehicle restrictions and the current road conditions before your visit.



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