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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Address: 18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
Phone Number: 208-527-1300
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Arco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Camping
Owner description: An ocean of blackened lava flows holds opportunities to relax, explore, and enjoy for all ages and...
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Type: Educational Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Camping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

If you are in this area, this stop is a must see- you will think you are in Kona Hawaii. We went in December and got a beautiful day in the high 50's with no wind.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Worth a look if you are driving by. To pull in is unimpressive. What you see from the road is pretty much it. You can't hike on them because it is lava rock. Just a hot uneventful place. Please note I am a nature lover, but pass on this one.

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Eagle, Idaho
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Most unique area I have ever seen. Lots of hiking trails but didn't have time to explore much. The visitor's center was quite informative and the people were very helpful. With snow covering much of the area, the contrast between the dark lava flows and white snow were very dramatic.

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The weather was unseasonably warm and we felt like we had the whole park to ourselves, just seeing a few other groups of people towards the end of our visit. There currently is no entrance fee in the winter so that was a plus. The visitor's center is educational but we cared more about the hiking. You could spend half... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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136 reviews 136 reviews
64 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This area in Idaho has the most amazing natural features. Lots to see and do here to observe nature's work. Hiking trails offer closeup views of this unique landscape, but you can also see cool things from the car if you would rather not go on the trails. Great fun for the older kids, especially those interested in earth science.... More 

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit as it has lots of different things to see. You can quickly see some things if you have a limited time by driving the loop or you can do lots of hiking and see a bit more. We like to go in the late spring to see all the little wildflowers that come... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

What an amazing park, the geology is truly fantastic, on top this there some excellent views. The visitor centre is good and the people very helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It was amazing but would have been even more so if we weren't caught in a thunder and lightening storm with torrential rainfalls!

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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115 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Craters of the Moon is a terrific place to stop for a few hours or a full day. It's a little off the beaten path, but worth the detour. The visitor center is right inside the park entrance and your first stop to get oriented. The rest of the park road is an in and out road (with a loop... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I love geology and so this place was very cool to me. I also went into boyscout cave and Indian tunnel. Boyscout cave was small, Indian tunnel was very cool. I would have liked to stay longer and go to the rest of the caves and do some of the hiking trails.

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