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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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An ocean of blackened lava flows holds opportunities to relax, explore, and...

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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great place for an afternoon visit

Our entire family enjoyed our visit to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. There's plenty to do for several hours. But if you only have an hour or two, you can still see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pacifica, California
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Pacifica, California
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55 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our entire family enjoyed our visit to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. There's plenty to do for several hours. But if you only have an hour or two, you can still see alot of the park. They also have a scavenger hunt for the kids, and that kept them interested while my husband and I read the signs... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sure you may be able to find fresh lava flows in Hawai'i, but there is something special about this Idaho National Monument that slides beneath the radar of most travelers. There are campgrounds right on the lava flow and a variety of hikes, many of which are quite easy if you can handle whatever the weather is doing. It's very... More 

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling thru the country not planned, we came across this vast area of blackened lava on US 20. We were traveling from Yellowstone to Silver City, Idaho. US 20 in Idaho is huge, wide open desert with very little to see for thousands of miles. Then you hit this and realize its been here for thousands of years. What a... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Roads aren't bad to the visitor center even in the winter. SNowshoe rentals are cheap at $5/person for the day. We hiked up the north crater and the view of surrounding mountains are worth the hike up the crater. Definitely make your own trails!

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Thank JRBay
Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I saw this place on the map and thought,"What the heck, we'll give a shot." We had no idea the shot would be like going to the moon! The astronauts have trained here due to the properties of the volcanic ash and once you see this tortured landscape you'll know why its called Craters of the Moon.... More 

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Cocoa Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lava fields and formations as far as the eye can see. Truly, an OTHERWORLDLY experience! No wonder the Apollo Astronauts trained here in the late 1960s. Very interesting park, however, the park service information signs seemed more interested in telling the reader about climate change and how man is destroying everything than in explaining how the formations were made or... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting oddity in the middle of seemingly no where. A nice little interactive hike to see some unique things. Give yourself an hour or two to enjoy the visit. Some things not accessible for handicapped.

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West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Craters of the Moon is a great place to go. We were traveling through Idaho and Montana, & I found this monument on TripAdvisor, however, the reviews were not as good as I thought they should be. Nevertheless, we decided to travel and see this great place. Oh, how bad would it be if we wouldn't have traveled here. It... More 

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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Well... It might called craters of the moon for a reason! Everything is color dark grey, black, or brown. It feels like being in a different planet. Moon perhaps? We saw it as a different view, quite depressing feeling not we are not in an adventure mood to walk around and wonder what behind or under the stone. Good visit... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Craters of the Moon is a fascinating place, like nowhere else I've ever been. If you are anywhere near then it is well worth the diversion

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