A two mile road to the top of Capulin Volcano in NM

Capulin Volcano is an extinct cinder cone volcano at an elevation of 2.405m (7,890ft) above the sea level, located in Union County, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world.

Capulin Volcano

How long is the road to Capulin Volcano?

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Capulin Volcano Road. Starting at NM-325, the road is 4.18km (2.6 miles) long. The road was constructed in 1925 by custodian Homer Farr. Capulin Volcano (part of the 8,000 square mile Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field) last erupted more than 60,000 years ago.

Is the road to Capulin Volcano steep?

Tucked away in the High Plains of northeastern New Mexico, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 9% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at NM-325 road, at 2.191m (7,188ft) asl, 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%.

Is Capulin Volcano road open?

Always check vehicle restrictions and the current road conditions before your visit. The road can be closed anytime due to inclement weather (thunderstorms) or road conditions. It’s closed to RVs, busses, attached trailers or any other vehicles over 26 feet long. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the road is open to vehicles 8:00am to 5:00pm. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the road is open 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Is the road to Capulin Volcano challenging?

Located within the Capulin Volcano National Monument, it’s a short mountain road spiraling the volcano rim. 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.