Capulin Volcano National Monument is located in far northeastern New Mexico in one of the darker locations in the lower 48 states. The national monument was named a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park in 2016. During the day, park visitors have unobstructed panoramic views of the volcanic field, distant snow-capped mountains, and portions of four states (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado). At night, park rangers occasionally present interpretive programs under dark skies. While there is no camping in the national monument, there is camping in the local area. Capulin Volcano National Monument is open from sunrise to sunset with the exception of the night sky viewing area, located in the parking lot of the visitor center. Bring your own telescope or binoculars or just view the skies with your eyes alone from the viewing area, which is open throughout the night.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!