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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, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Hiking, Camping
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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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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Omaha, Nebraska
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135 reviews 135 reviews
64 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This area in Idaho has the most amazing natural features. Lots to see and do here to observe nature's work. Hiking trails offer closeup views of this unique landscape, but you can also see cool things from the car if you would rather not go on the trails. Great fun for the older kids, especially those interested in earth science.... More

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit as it has lots of different things to see. You can quickly see some things if you have a limited time by driving the loop or you can do lots of hiking and see a bit more. We like to go in the late spring to see all the little wildflowers that come... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

What an amazing park, the geology is truly fantastic, on top this there some excellent views. The visitor centre is good and the people very helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It was amazing but would have been even more so if we weren't caught in a thunder and lightening storm with torrential rainfalls!

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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258 reviews 258 reviews
114 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Craters of the Moon is a terrific place to stop for a few hours or a full day. It's a little off the beaten path, but worth the detour. The visitor center is right inside the park entrance and your first stop to get oriented. The rest of the park road is an in and out road (with a loop... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I love geology and so this place was very cool to me. I also went into boyscout cave and Indian tunnel. Boyscout cave was small, Indian tunnel was very cool. I would have liked to stay longer and go to the rest of the caves and do some of the hiking trails.

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Vancouver, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

While traveling between Boise and Yellowstone, we took an easy side trip to see Craters of the Moon National Monument. Stop first at the Visitor's center for information and directions. The park can be easily visited in an hour by simply driving the Loop and stopping at the main information stops but to fully enjoy the history and geography, allow... More

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was probably one of the most interesting, unique and memorable places I have ever visited. Being a science teacher, this was an absolute must-see for me and the photos I was able to take will enrich my content 10-fold. I was totally mesmerized by the sights, views and essence of this national park. Totally worth the drive and time.

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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The beauty of this site in indescribable. Nature is truly amazing. The trails enable you to see volcanic formations that would be very dangerous to reach without the trails. Hard to get to this location, but it is worth the trip.

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