Capulin Volcano National Monument is a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Association Park with public programming and personal observation at its soon-to-be constructed Night Sky Observation station. For those who don’t have their own stargazing equipment, Star Parties are held April through September at the base of the Volcano and occasionally on the Volcano Rim. During Star Parties, interpretive park rangers give brief talks about the night sky and all equipment is provided.
The Volcano Road leads to the crater rim (no trailers or towed vehicles). There is plenty of hiking as well as guided tours at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Check out other nearby attractions here.
Capulin Volcano is at a higher altitude of over 6,000 feet, and nights can get chilly even in summer. It’s recommended to wear a jacket, long pants, and closed toe shoes when attending a Dark Sky program. No reservations are needed. In the Dark Sky Viewing Area, no camping, fires, or music are allowed.