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Craters of the Moon National Monument

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18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
+1 208-527-1300
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See a lava flow without going to Hawaii

If you're into geology or just want to see "recent" volcanic activity, this is the place to go... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Roy R
Best Lava Fields to See Outside Hawaii

A stop here is a great 2nd best to Hawaii's lava flows. The visitor center has no video that I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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An ocean of blackened lava flows holds opportunities to relax, explore, and enjoy for all ages and abilities. The monument is an easy day trip from Boise, Sun Valley, and Idaho Falls. Click on the link below to learn more about this unearthly landscape and start planning your visit today.
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  • Average5%
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18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
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Reviewed yesterday

If you're into geology or just want to see "recent" volcanic activity, this is the place to go. The visitor's center has nice displays and explanations of the area's unique landscape. There are a number of short walks that let you see up close the...More

Thank Roy R
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Reviewed yesterday

A stop here is a great 2nd best to Hawaii's lava flows. The visitor center has no video that I remember. This park has a campground onsite. Area's to see once you leave the visitor center (based on 4-5 hours in the park): 1. North...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was fascinating if you're into lava and all the science factors behind it. It's a pretty quick trip. One way in, loop around, and exit. Pretty neat.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped at Craters of the Moon as we were driving through Idaho on our recent family vacation. This was a neat stop, but there isn’t much to do at the park. We did a hike around the park and visited the Visitor’s Center. We...More

Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow! everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes, both at the visitor's center and on the tour. Definitely worth a stop, especially in summer when plants are blooming on the lava fields. It's amazing to see so much life in such a barren place....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Craters of the Moon is the last National Park/monument we will see on the tour. I can honestly say, it was neat, but not our favorite. It’s small and not as exciting or spectacular as others we visited. It was cool to hike up Inferno...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The caves were not mentioned much in my research, we went for the landscape, the caves became the highlight of the trip. Make sure you bring enough flashlights. The Boy Scout Cave and Indian Cave were the two best.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Views from the US-26 are quite out of this world. And it lasts for miles and miles. We didn't have any plans to visit this place... and quite frankly we even didn't know about it as we had to change our plans and route. But...More

Thank Jan R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing compared to major national parks, but still an interesting and unique place to go. Facilities and roads, and trails, are all in great condition. Probably spend 2-3 hours here. We did short hike to big sink overlook. Easy and interesting, but maybe doing entire...More

Thank Dave N
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Craters is a very unique environment, but worth checking out. We enjoyed the park over 1.5 days, hiking the North Crater Trail, Inferno Cone, and Devils Orchard Nature Trail. Checking out Indian Tunnel and Boy Scout Caves on a 95 degree day was a nice...More

Thank Joel S
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madieshopper
17 July 2018|
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Response from TravelHound66 | Reviewed this property |
We did the entire park in one day, and we are not the hard-core hikers. Yes, we hurt at the end of tge day, but did it all. The visitor's center has a map, and that is a start to plan your day. We eveb did some extra stops... More
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7 July 2018|
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Response from Skip59716 | Reviewed this property |
The highs should be in the upper 70's but the lows can be below 50.
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mmelhus
2 July 2018|
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Response from Denis T | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Leave the motor-home use the jeep.
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