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Craters of the Moon National Monument

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Address: 18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
Phone Number: 208-527-1300
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Cross-country skiing
Description: An ocean of blackened lava flows holds opportunities to relax, explore...
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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This National Monument is one of a kind. I have been here numerous times and each visit is different. There are trails to walk across the lava flows and lava tubes caves to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This National Monument is one of a kind. I have been here numerous times and each visit is different. There are trails to walk across the lava flows and lava tubes caves to explore. Remnants of old spatter cones and tree molds are a short walk off the road. The visitor center is very nice and well staffed. To enter... More 

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

One of the stops on our Dallas to Yellowstone and back trip via the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. It was a long drive to get here, but Craters of the Moon was well worth the trouble. It is another world. Park staff were very helpful and guided me on the best things to see in our two hour window... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Loved this park! If you like unique geological features then you will enjoy going to Craters of the Moon. Some hikes, but nothing more that 3 or 4 miles unless you are heading off into the backcountry. You can spend a solid day or day and a half here doing all the hikes and seeing what needs to be seen.... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

These was a really neat park. The map that shows the most interesting parts was perfect. We went from site to site and did all the little hikes and saw a wide variety of landscapes. The caves are super fun to explore. They are *really* dark so bring a bright flashlight. We even saw one, lone little bat. My only... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

2000 years ago Craters was a sea of molten lava. Now it is a wasteland of black rock with sage brush and low growing vegetation. There are trails to tree molds (cavities left by lava incinerated trees), lava tubes, cones and spatter cones and other volcanic features. Not sure I would call it pretty but it is sure worth seeing.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Craters of the Moon is a lava dessert. And very interesting to see how this huge landscape has been formed. You can hike or do the trail by car.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Most people when I mention my visit to Craters of the Moon reply with: "where?" It's definitely not the most well known park around but when I discovered it I knew I had to add it to my National Park tour. Craters of the Moon is really a unique park filled with volcanic rock that gives it a barren look... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We planned a road trip of the National Parks in the NW. We happened to be passing close by Craters of the Moon, so decided to add it to our itinerary. It is unusual compared to the rest, no water, no trees, etc, but it has a very " other world" feel, especially in the early evening. It took on... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Worth going to, especially if you like unique scenery. It's not close to anything, so be prepared for a road trip. The scenery is very unique, enjoyed some of the short hiking trails in the park, nice visitor center, wasn't very crowded which was nice since we had just braved the crowds at Yellowstone. We spent half a day there... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Excellent National Park with a lot of very do-able hikes as well as one or two challenging ones. Lots to see and climb on.

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