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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Address: 18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
Phone Number: 208-527-1300
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Arco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Educational Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Camping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.
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Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you ever happen to be traversing Idaho, this is a great place to stop! There are a lot of really cool things to see and it definitely helps break up the monotony of the long drive across eastern Idaho. My favorites were the giant mound of volcanic glass and the trails winding through the lava tubes. I made a... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Craters of the Moon National Monument was never one of those 'go to' places for me. Actually, while on a 'bucket list' motorcycle ride across the USA I 'just happened' upon this marvel. I write today to make others aware of just one more of our countries beauty's. Highway 20 to 'Craters', the staff and the facilities make this a... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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200 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Went to Craters of the Moon for a night as a member of our party was Geology degree and was super excited. Lots of interesting volcanic features to check out. The park has a 1 way loop to drive through, that has easy to read signs and parking lots making it easy to stop and wander around. Each of the... More 

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Southern California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The name of the park is very appropriate, and it essentially feels like you are on another world. The lava flows and formations which are frozen in time should appeal to kids and adults alike. Be sure to make time to take some of the short hikes in various parts of this small park, so you can truly appreciate the... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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406 helpful votes 406 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There are lots of volcanic features here to captive the curiosity seekers, like my wife and me. We checked out the visitor's center, then set off on our own to explore. We had the foresight to wear hiking shoes. There are cinder cones and splatter cones and lava fields here. And there are lava tunnels, which my wife and I... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Craters of the Moon is not along most of the typical Western tourist routes, so it doesn't get the level of visitation as other better-known Parks and Monuments. Still, it is worth the drive to visit this spectacular barren landscape. Many of the lava flows are so fresh-looking, it feels like the volcanoes must have erupted yesterday. The Loop Road... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

If you are in this area, this stop is a must see- you will think you are in Kona Hawaii. We went in December and got a beautiful day in the high 50's with no wind.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Worth a look if you are driving by. To pull in is unimpressive. What you see from the road is pretty much it. You can't hike on them because it is lava rock. Just a hot uneventful place. Please note I am a nature lover, but pass on this one.

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Eagle, Idaho
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Most unique area I have ever seen. Lots of hiking trails but didn't have time to explore much. The visitor's center was quite informative and the people were very helpful. With snow covering much of the area, the contrast between the dark lava flows and white snow were very dramatic.

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San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The weather was unseasonably warm and we felt like we had the whole park to ourselves, just seeing a few other groups of people towards the end of our visit. There currently is no entrance fee in the winter so that was a plus. The visitor's center is educational but we cared more about the hiking. You could spend half... More 

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