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Craters of the Moon National Monument

18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
208-527-1300
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Arco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues, Educational Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Parks, National Parks
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 abilities. The monument is an easy day trip from... more » 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. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW via mobile

Craters of the moon is definitely worth one visit especially if you are interested in volcanic activity. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to tour the caves. My wife and I spent about 2 hours in the park. We did not have flashlights so did not get to tour the caves which is probably the main attraction.

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Clovis, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We were driving to Yellowstone and took this side trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. I'm glad we did! As you drive into the park, you first get to the Visitor Center. Spent a few minutes there and then we started our drive through the park. I really liked the cinder cones. We stopped and walked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

The only draw back is that there is no food available in the park, We were traveling on a Motorcycle with limited space. But we loved the park even in the rain. We will visit again as we didnt get to spend time in the cave area due to the weather.

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Prince George, Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The landscape changes as you approach Arco. It's flat and tan but you start seeing dark brown dirt and realize something has changed. The volcanic rocks are a rich mocha color. At the park visitor center you learn more about the volcanic activity that changed this landscape. The towers of lava rock form interesting shapes, like sculptures in a strange... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Took this detour thinking it would be worth while. Nope. Not at all. The two hour detour drive getting to the crater of the moon was much more scenic and interesting than the monument itself. First off the place is really small. They have the entire monument in a loop drive and they have some caves you can walk to,... More

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Louisiana
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275 reviews 275 reviews
81 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The staff was very friendly and helpful with all our questions. The park is very clean and well organized. We watched the video and learned a lot about the history of this site.

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Pico Rivera, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been to both Hawaii Volcano Park and now Craters of the Moon. Wanted to go since I saw "Pontiac Moon" although they never made it there for filming. It was a nice visit at the end of June. The crowds were very light so we had good access everywhere. Also, it didn't get as hot as I've heard it... More

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Forked River, Nj
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I visited Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. This place is evident of the forces of nature. Volcanic eruptions and lava flows occurred here hundreds of thousands of years ago, but the landscape resembles Hawaii with its black lava. Cinder cones and large caves also are available to explore. The trails are paved to walk on, thank God.... More

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Garden City, Idaho
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is probably the best place to view extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows in the continental United States. Well worth a half a day's stop. Caution bring plenty of water and be prepared for temperatures that can get very high.

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Great Falls, Montana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is an out of the way attraction, and is well named. Don't expect anything but the stark view, and a chance to explore an ancient lava formation. Unlike many of my respected colleagues, I am not struck by beauty here, but rather a reminder of diversity on the face of the earth. Be aware that you are far away... More

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