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Craters of the Moon National Monument

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

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montanan_traveler wrote a review May 4
montana
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Within a fairly short distance from the roads there are some spectacular lava formations. The caves were all closed on this visit but we still had a great time and saw a ton of beautiful lava.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Brown_Samantha wrote a review Apr 2021
Washington
We left Twins Falls very early in the morning to make our way to Craters of the Moon NM. You can use the GPS but be sure to put in the address to the Visitor's Center. It is worth the stop, get information, very friendly rangers, and most importantly, clean restrooms. Then just use the map and go visit several points of interests - very clearly marked. $20 was the entrance fee if you are without a pass; we decided to buy the annual pass for $80, as we will be using it the next 12 months for other NPS sites. At the time of out visit, all the caves were closed and 2 areas were blocked off. Just before the loop drive you can see the massive lava flow. It is very much like Hawaii, or Central Oregon. We went down the loop drive to see Devil's Orchard >>> easy to do and paved all the way. Also Snow Cone & Spatter Cone >>> again, very easy to do and paved most of the way. We feel this area is "must do". It is wonderful to see the cinder cones. This time of the year you can still see snow capped mountain ranges. Very much "Mars" like landscapes. Be sure to go up the crater rim trail, if you are able to. It starts out paved, and after the "rise", it does turn into unpaved. We're in pretty good physical shape, so that was not an issue. You don't have to complete the trail, even just 15 or 20 minutes up. It really gives you a good look to the huge crater. Such beautiful colors. Totally worth the wind and hike. We also did part of the Tree Mold trail. Wish we had another hour but we had to be in Boise that day. We spent about nearly 4 hours here. We saw some trailers at the camp site, so there may be overnight camping options. That would be ideal, then you can spend sunrise & sunset here. Note that this area is pretty isolated. Many stretches of the roads we were without cell phone service. The drive back to Boise is very nice. Idaho has really good roads!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Gerald O wrote a review Mar 2021
Acampo, California
The photography was fabulous...the sales of trinkets was a bit overbearing. The lady was helpful in explaining the park and some significant features.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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pat l wrote a review Jan 2021
Gainesville, Georgia
Due to the pandemic, the museum is closed because the government has determined that you can't social distance inside it, but WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE THERE! Disappointing. We like to read and learn about places we visit and there was just nothing offered. The park rangers were silent or talking to each other when we were in the visitors center, too. So we received NOTHING. The road is closed in winter so you can't drive around and see the formations; you'd have to snowshoe or get some cross country skis. That meant we couldn't see much at the visitors center. We saw more on the pullout on the side of the road outside the park and at Hells Half Acre.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Alacrout wrote a review Nov 2020
Los Angeles, California
It’s named “Craters of the Moon” because it feels like you’re on another world when you explore the lava formations. There’s not much else quite like it on Earth, so they’re not kidding when they say it feels otherworldly! There’s a scenic drive through much of the park with plenty of cool stops along the way: hiking trails, caves, unique rock formations. Unfortunately, the caves may be closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as may be the visitor center. I would check online beforehand—the NPS is pretty good about updating their sites with closures and other important notices. Even with possible closures, this is still an awesome one-of-a-kind place that will make you wish you had more time to explore.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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