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Craters of the Moon National Monument

18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
208-527-1300
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Arco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues, Educational Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Parks, National Parks
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 abilities. The monument is an easy day trip from... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I stopped here during our cross country trip. This place was truly amazing. It's great to see our Earth's geologic history and the informative plaques explain everything you would need to know. You can also go to the top of a cinder cone and into several caves. It's quite a workout but it's worth it. The staff... More

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Richmond, VA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My wife remembered this park from her childhood and we were all thrilled that we took the trip to see it. The landscape is certainly out of this world, as was the wind on some of the buttes/cones/hills. We were surprised at the diversity of the lava in the different locations in the park. There were nice paths in areas... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What a delightful surprise! We regularly visit our country's National Parks and were delighted to find this gem. This little known park hides a wealth of knowledge about the formation of the earth. What a great place to take kids to see geology in action without going all the way to the lava fields of Hawaii. Nice paved trails available,... More

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Peruse the visitor center, and then take the auto tour. Do not drive the road into the park if you are in an RV - we witnessed a man in a motorhome have a horrible time with the vehicle he was towing, that ended up on the rocks at the side of one of the tight curved parking lots. Be... More

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Mobile, AL
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in geology. The visitors center has films and displays. I would recommend the seven mile driving tour.

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Falls Church, VA
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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Craters on the Moon National Monument in central Idaho is one of the hidden gems of the national park system. National Monument's are one designation below national parks. It has always perplexed me that Idaho is the only western state--besides New Mexico--without a designated national park. This beauty deserves such recognition. Out of nowhere hardened black lava fields permeate this... More

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San Francisco, California
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Craters of the Moon is worth a stop but only if (1) its on your route somewhere else or (2) you've never seen volcanic landscape and want to say you have. I took the scenic route between City of Rocks and Yellowstone so this was worth a stop. I spent approx. 3-4 hours here. I did the scenic drive loop,... More

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Waldo, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

You wont see anything like this - anywhere else - except maybe Hawaii. The landscape and features you can observe are incredible. There are also lava tubes that can be explored - our 8 and 9 year old loved to explore them - with Dad's help of course. If you love the Badlands - you will really love this place.

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Northridge, CA
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Absolutely Beautiful! A great visitor center! A very nice drive with many places to stop and walk around. Wheelchair accessible paths. Many different types of Lava Flows. Cinder Cones. Lava Tubes. Craters.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Craters of the moon is definitely worth one visit especially if you are interested in volcanic activity. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to tour the caves. My wife and I spent about 2 hours in the park. We did not have flashlights so did not get to tour the caves which is probably the main attraction.

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