What would the kids think of an RV camping trek this year that includes hiking into a volcano? Northeast New Mexico’s Capulin Volcano National Monument gets our “thumbs up” for spectacular scenery and the chance to explore ancient geological mysteries.
To arrive at this seven-thousand foot wonder, travel I-25 south across the Colorado border to Raton, NM (four hours from Denver) and then thirty-three miles east on US Hwy 64/87. You can also travel I-25 north from Albuquerque (about four hours).
What can you expect to see once you’ve arrived? This is no inaccessible volcanic cone meant to be photographed from a distance! There’s a twisty, windy two-mile paved road best navigated in your tow vehicle (no trailers on Volcano Road) that runs all the way to the top of the cone.
From there you can see miles and miles of ancient volcanic field. All around are views that are the stuff of legendary vacation photos, so pack plenty of film or batteries!
But that’s not where the funs stops. There’s also a one-mile paved Crater Rim Hiking Trail that promises a 360-degree view of the crater. In addition, there’s a paved Crater Vent Hiking Trail that leads all the way to the bottom of the crater.
Other unpaved hiking trails lead through the lava flows at the base of the volcano. Here’s a tip RV camping families will appreciate—strollers and pets aren’t allowed on the trails, so be sure to plan ahead. Plan enough time on your trip to Capulin Volcano to attend ranger-led excursions that explain not only the crater’s geological significance but also the role it played along two historic trails!
RV Campgrounds Near Capulin Volcano
It’s good to know where the best motorhome camping can be found before you go, so we’ve collected a list of campgrounds near Capulin Volcano National Monument.
- Capulin RV Park offers a “horse hotel”, wifi and a country store, just three miles from the national monument.
- Cedar Rail RV Park works well if you’re coming from Colorado. It’s just 30 miles west of the volcano, at the top of Raton Pass.
- Raton KOA Kampground is conveniently located near I-25 and close to all Northern New Mexico attractions.
- Sugarite Canyon State Park, a ruggedly beautiful area with historic significance of its own, has forty developed campsites near Raton.
Camping in an RV near Capulin Volcano National Monument allows you to savor the beauty of sage-covered mountains while enjoying the amenities that make a trip comfortable. If you’re looking for a place to entertain the family in a wondrous natural environment, we highly recommend an RV camping trek to Capulin Volcano National Monument.