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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: 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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I'm reviewing the park from the perspective of a parent of small children. We did not go to the caves per the suggestion of the park staff. The visitors center is small but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I'm reviewing the park from the perspective of a parent of small children. We did not go to the caves per the suggestion of the park staff. The visitors center is small but informative. It has a really nice bathroom. We didn't stay long. We like the fact that it has a collector's penny smashing machine. We collect them everywhere... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We went to Craters of the Moon during spring break. It's a truly amazing place. Our whole family had so much fun. There are tons of trails, caves, and tunnels that you can see the impacts of lava in so many different ways. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our son is in 4th grade and enjoying ID History, so we decided to travel around the state for Spring Break and visit popular historical places he had h learned about. This was our last stop after going to many places. I asked the kids what their favorite place was, and without hesitating they said Craters of the Moon! The... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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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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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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