Capulin Volcano National Monument Things to Do
The cone of Capulin Volcano (the word is Spanish for "chokecherry") rises more than 1,300 feet from the surrounding plain. A visitor center has books, a brief video about the site, and interpretive exhibits. On busy summer weekends, you may have a short wait to enter the paved road to the rim.
OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 7:30-6:30
Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4
ADMISSION: $5 per vehicle
Capulin Volcano National Monument Restaurants
From May to December, seven days a week, lunch is the big meal (and big deal) of the day at the Capulin Country Store. Popular items include the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, the volcano burger (smothered in chili and cheese), and excellent desserts. Sunday dinner buffets served on holiday weekends only are not to be missed, as the ranchers who drive from miles in every direction will tell you.
In addition to the fine food, the Country Store also sells crafts and gifts (like candlesticks made of elk antlers and dolls sewn from old quilts), snacks, maps, and cold drinks.
No lunch is served on weekdays from January through April.
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