Capulin Volcano National Monument is situated in Union County, which is in the northeastern corner of New Mexico and on the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, an extinct volcanic field located in the area. One of the nearby urban areas close to the national monument is a census-designated place and unincorporated community called Capulin that is set about three miles from the national monument.
To access the main entrance to the national monument, you can use the NM 325. The park was proclaimed the Capulin Mountain National Monument on August 9, 1916, before having its name changed to Capulin Volcano National Monument on December 31, 1987.
The prime lure to the area is the nearly perfectly-symmetrical cinder cone that formed about 60,000 years ago when cooling cinders formed the Capulin Volcano that rises to over 1000 feet above the surrounding landscape. Visitors to the national monument can get a great view of the hill and its surrounding areas by using a two-mile paved road that leads to the top of the volcano.
Additionally, some paved trails go around its rim and lead further into the crater, providing visitors a rare chance to see the volcano from the inside. Besides these attractions to the 793-acre national monument, visitors can also get to experience other attractions including auto touring, hiking, and ranger-led programs.
Some of the amenities available to facilitate these activities include a visitor center, restrooms, picnic area, and self-guided trails. Visitors who bring their dogs are allowed into the Capulin Volcano National Monument as long as they follow the park's strict rules.
The critical rule to bear in mind is to always maintain immediate control of your dog and ensure that your dog is on a leash always. The dog’s leash should not be more than six feet in length. Additionally, dogs should be well-behaved, and dog owners should clean up after their dog right away and dispose of the solid waste properly.