Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Just For Kids

For Kids

Children 6-12 years old may participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The activity book may be downloaded from the Junior Ranger page of this website. Upon completion, the Junior Ranger receives a badge and certificate.

The Lady Bug Hunt is a non-collecting scavenger hunt of park features for younger children to look for during their park visit. Upon completion, the children receive a lady bug button and a certificate.

Short ranger programs are offered twice each day, more often if staffing permits, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Rangers are available on trails and in the visitor center to answer questions.

We welcome educational visits for students of all ages at Capulin Volcano. Please go to the For Teachers page to schedule a school visit.

Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Program
The Junior Ranger program: The Junior Ranger program is a self-guided activity book for children six - twelve years old. It takes most children two to three hours to complete the activity book. Upon completion, Junior Rangers receive both a certificate and a badge.

For Teachers

We welcome educational visits for students of all ages at Capulin Volcano.

All K-12 educational groups are required to attend a 15-minute orientation talk by a ranger at the Visitor Center upon arrival to the monument. This program promotes the safety and well being of your students and the monument's natural resources. The talk will include safety information, proper park visit etiquette, and a brief introduction to the volcano and the history of Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Rangers may be available for guided activities or walks for small groups. Please contact the monument for specific program requests.

University groups are welcome and may request the orientation talk.

All educational groups should contact the monument as early as possible before their visit to ensure availability of a ranger for the orientation talk or other programs.Call at 505-278-2201 ext. 231 or email us.

Entrance fee waiver applications are available on the Plan A Field Trip page.

Plan A Field Trip


How long will our visit take?
You should plan to spend at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours at the park if you intend to hike and eat lunch. The video at the visitor center runs 10 minutes and the Ranger orientation talk is 10-15 minutes. The crater vent trail is 1/2 mile round trip and the rim trail is 1 mile.

Plan time for restroom breaks and lunch. The restrooms are small and it will take 15-20 minutes for large groups.

Our bookstore is small in space and large in appeal. We welcome your students' purchases, but please plan to limit them to 10 students at a time in the store area.

Food. There are no restaurants, snacks, or fast food near the monument. Plan for a picnic lunch or time to travel at least 30 miles to the nearest food.

Reservations and Fee Waivers

Educational visits may qualify for a waiver of entrance fees. Applications for fee waivers must be submitted in writing. The application can be requested by phone at 505-278-2201 ext. 231, email, or by writing Superintendent, Capulin Volcano National Monument, P.O. Box 40, Capulin, New Mexico 88414.

Pre-Visit Materials

Park brochures and literature may be requested prior to your visit. The park's ten-minute VHS orientation video, Capulin Volcano may be loaned out to groups for a two-week period prior to a park visit. The video may also be viewed at the park as part of your visit.