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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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Activities: Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Camping
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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Ive always loved craters. It has been a huge benefit that my mom has worked there for years. She gives the best guided and cave tours. The terrain is pretty rough, but its well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Pocatello, Idaho
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Pocatello, Idaho
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Ive always loved craters. It has been a huge benefit that my mom has worked there for years. She gives the best guided and cave tours. The terrain is pretty rough, but its well worth the trip.

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minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went in February and they had minimal snow so was quite empty in the park. The park ranger said that they usually have many feet of snow at this time of year and the park has multiple cross country skiers. The lava flow covered area is unique and the walking paths through out the park are enjoyable. There are... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When we arrived at Craters of the Moon, it was a bit late so we only explored the Indian Tunnel. The hike was literally rocky with the dried lava rocks and the heat making it challenging. Nevertheless, it was an accomplishment to hike the whole Indian Tunnel! Halfway through, you have an option of going back the entrance since the... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is definitely a unique place to visit. It's just outside of the town of Arco, which is just outside of anywhere. I visited in the winter and so many of the roads were closed. Hiking through the frozen lava is an amazing experience. It really gives you a different perspective on the entire landscape afterwards.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This place was amazing, wonderful, neat, cool, and awesome all rolled into one. Words dont truly express how unique this place is. Think of black sand, volcanic rocks, caves and brilliantly clear and heavily populated starry skies! Is it in the middle of nowhere? yep. Is it a half day drive to get to this desolate area? yep. Is it... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

We took the drive around the loop and stopped to hike at various points. Make sure you climb the huge black "mountain" - it has great views of the park. Climbing down into the caves was fun as well. Take a flashlight and good hiking shoes.

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msp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visited the Craters of the Moon while on an extended motorcycle trip. This was a very interesting place. The landscape reminded us of parts of the big island of Hawaii. There are lots of places to explore and hike. We had a picnic at one of the wayside rests on the circle road that goes around the monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We enjoyed some lovely hiking and picnicking at Craters of the Moon on Valentine's Day of this year. There were relatively few other people around and we set up our grill in the campground and enjoyed a picnic with a great view! It was great to learn about the history and geology of the area within such a dramatic landscape.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went in july and was it ever hot out. The nice thing was how cool the caves were. Whenever we started to feel too hot we would just venture down into one of the caves where it feels like a nice AC room. We had a nice visit and would recommend stopping to check it out.

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Sun City, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Close to Yellowstone & worth the trip to see. Acres & acres of volcanic craters. Is really hot during summer so dress & pack appropriately. Lots of hiking involved to see everything so we were limited by my mobility issues. the area reminds me of the Moon landing Pics..lol

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