Capulin Volcano National Monument is located in northeastern New Mexico, and is situated in one of the darker locations in the lower 48 U.S. states, and as a result it presents night skies that are nearly pristine under typical conditions. From the rim, visitors have unobstructed, panoramic views of the volcanic field, distant snow-capped mountains, and portions of four states (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado). Park staff are increasingly knowledgeable about the value of the dark-sky resource there, and present larger numbers of night skies interpretive programs with each passing year. Outreach efforts are underway to communicate the value of dark night skies to residents of sparsely-populated nearby communities.
Capulin Volcano National Monument is open from sunrise to sunset with the exception of the night sky viewing area which is open throughout the night. The Visitor Center and Volcano Road is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Monument is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!