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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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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
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
Broken Top Loop Trail
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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 drove the scenic trail.
We watched the movie also. Almost always do that to get more background information.
All in one day!