Age of Volcanoes

Paleogene and Neogene Periods, 65 million to 1.8 million years ago

photo: Asis Carlos

Extensive volcanic activity in the Paleogene and Neogene Periods has made New Mexico a Volcano Museum, preserving examples of every major type of volcano and volcanic rocks. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to travel deep into an active volcano, complete with flowing lava and sulfurous steam.

Glowing panels explain the different parts of the volcano you experience, and highlight New Mexico's eruptive past. As you travel up and out of a magma chamber, a large case showcases the gems, minerals, and rocks formed by volcanic processes at various depths (detail above).

Learn more about the Volcanoes of New Mexico.