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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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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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Very fun and informative

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Marietta, Ohio
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Marietta, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW 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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msp
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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Washington
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed some lovely hiking and picnicking at Craters of the Moon on Valentine's Day of this year. There were relatively few other people around and we set up our grill in the campground and enjoyed a picnic with a great view! It was great to learn about the history and geology of the area within such a dramatic landscape.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went in july and was it ever hot out. The nice thing was how cool the caves were. Whenever we started to feel too hot we would just venture down into one of the caves where it feels like a nice AC room. We had a nice visit and would recommend stopping to check it out.

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Sun City, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Close to Yellowstone & worth the trip to see. Acres & acres of volcanic craters. Is really hot during summer so dress & pack appropriately. Lots of hiking involved to see everything so we were limited by my mobility issues. the area reminds me of the Moon landing Pics..lol

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Ford, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Craters of the Moon is located southwest of the current Yellowstone Caldera. It's a natural monument with miles of exposed lava mounds. If the NE path continues, the caldera that created Craters of the Moon and Yellowstone NP could someday end up under the Montana city of Billings...

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Fort St. John, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We've had the chance to visit 8 national parks in the USA. By far, this is my favourite. Arches national park was my second favourite, with the Grand Canyon being my least favourite. Go during October/November when its not too hot, or too busy. The shear size and accessibility of the volcanoes is amazing. When your walking in and through... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Fields of grain forever ... and then we find this desolate moonscape of broken lava shards and hills for as far as the eye can see. Awesome and unexpected landscape. The visitor center is excellent in explaining the moving hot spot beneath the land and how it has moved and changed the geomorphology along the way. Easy drive into the... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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318 reviews 318 reviews
105 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great staff at the visitors center---very helpful and friendly. There are some interesting back roads, gravel and mud, but interesting. The snow and the sunsets make for good photo ops.

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Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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