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Craters of the Moon National Monument

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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...more
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18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was pretty out of the way for us since we drove from Pocatello, but in my quest to visit many national park sites, we made the trek, as this was the closest NP site to where we were staying. It was definitely an odd...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lovestotravel2z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there in September as part of a trip with family. Did a ton of the walks and spend the better part of the day there. The talks we did were: North Crater Flow Devil's Orchard Inferno Cone Spatter Cones Broken Top Loop Trail Cave...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jeff77664
Reviewed 4 November 2018

I found it possible to do all the trails in the non-wilderness area (that is, all except the Tree Molds and Wilderness trail) in one day. Here are my most recommended ones: North Crater Trail; it takes you along the edge of the Big Craters,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stefan S
Reviewed 2 November 2018

I have seen many lava flow areas, but this takes the cake. Some areas look like the lava cooled just last week, yet they tell me it was 2,000 years ago or more. Some flows look almost like troweled black concrete. Others are so sharp...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve J
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Tens of thousands of years ago volcanic activity swept through the Snake River Basin, from Oregon to Yellowstone park. The landscape is incredibly rough and moonlike. It was a freezing cold day at the end of October. There were few visitors, we walked the many...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mazuza2
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Great hiking, lava tubes. Good weather in September. Highly recommend the ranger walk to the caves! Bring good shoes and water in warm weather. Would be interesting in winter too.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Connector300351
Reviewed 23 October 2018

This is a great stop for those interested in geology. Begin at the Visitors' Center that offers a short film and plenty of natural history context. The 7 mile Loop Road guides you to various sites. We hiked up the Inferno Cone (Stop 4), which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mvidro
Reviewed 19 October 2018

After seeing the many geologic formations in Utah, this was quite a change....YES, moon-like in terms of topography, but not 'blue cheese-like'.......the lava deposits are black. In addition to the many stops and view points, there is a garden area with many of the flowers,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gold-vintner
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We visited the Visitor's Center and watched the film to educate ourselves about what we were seeing. There is a loop road that is great if you are not mobile. Each stop on the loop offered different geological/Volcanic features and varying lengths of trails and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christigal
Reviewed 17 October 2018

They sure named this park correctly, as it looks like I imagine the moon would look like. Easy and difficult hiking trails, all accessible from the loop road around the park. We really enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
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18 November 2018|
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Response from Vacation637452 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in yurts that we found through Airbnb. It was great and about 20 mins from the park.
17 July 2018|
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Response from LavaSushi | Reviewed this property |
Craters of the Moon covers a large area, but there are only a few trails. We walked the paved loop trail and the wilderness. Take LOTS of water. No shade to speak of, but beautiful. I remember it being so quiet. We... More
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.