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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: Camping, Hiking, Cross-country skiing
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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A Must Visit National Site

So much like the moon that the lunar astronauts learned basic volcanic geology from it. Don't miss the video at the Visitors' Center showing flow from the Great Rift at various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

So much like the moon that the lunar astronauts learned basic volcanic geology from it. Don't miss the video at the Visitors' Center showing flow from the Great Rift at various times from 15,000 to 2000 years ago.

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Great family fun! Something to see for sure. Paved trails, great for kids. No dogs:/ pack a lunch bc there are no restaurants. And gas up before ya get there. No gas stations. Great gift shop! Watch for pedestrians!! People biking & walking all over the park! Lots of walking trails, but the caves are the best part!! BRING HEADLAMPS!!!!!... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I went in winter but the park was still open. I got to see Indian tunnel and dewdrop cave in the snow. However, I had to hike to it in weather less than 29 degrees but bynthentime u left, it was 37 degrees F. It is definitely worth the drive from twin falls. Beware ! There are indeed vents. I... More 

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Michigan
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a great park, if you appreciate geology and earth history. It has amazing volcanic formations. The visitor center is a must stop. Take the time to do the little trails. One note: It was very windy while we were there. We found a tent site in the rocks which helped.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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