Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Arco Idaho

Crater of the Moon National Park Sunset, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a US National Monument situated in the Snake River Plain

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve Cave

in Central Idaho.  About 18 miles southwest of Arco and 84 miles from Idaho Falls.  The park is open every day. Some park facilities and the loop road are closed during the winter. When the loop road is open to automobile traffic an entrance fee is charged.  The fee is $15.00 for private vehicles, $10.00 for motorcycles and $7.00 per person on foot or bicycle. This pass is valid for 7 days.  However, entrance is free when the loop road is closed due to snow and can only be accessed on foot. It is also possible to get an annual pass for $30.00 which allows the pass holder access with up to 3 fellow travelers).

The park is full of natural attractions and scenery and there are few must-visit parts in the park starting with the Visitor’s Center.   To explore Craters of the Moon, there is a seven-mile loop road including astonishing views and various volcanic features. Explore the Caves, lava formations and hike the park.  It is also very important to explore the Craters of the Moo

n Wilderness (Lava Trees and Echo Crater) to complete your visit. The park organizes special events from time to time so keep an eye on its calendar.

Crater of the Moon National Park Wildlife

When it comes to eating and sleeping, the park offers Campgrounds that cost $15 per site in the Lava Flow Campground and $30 per group in the Group Campground. The park takes safety measures very seriously therefore you wouldn’t have to worry about your safety as you explore it. The park is very hot during the summer so it’s very important to have enough water as you navigate its massive space.

Pets are allowed in the campground and in parking lots and paved roads but not in the visitor center. The park requires that pets must be kept on a leash at all times.

This is one of those places you make time to stop and explore.  Many people think it will be a quick drive through but end up staying all day.  The landscape of ancient lava, diversity of plants and animals, and the overall feeling of experiencing something that seems alien like landscape.

To plan your visit and more information, visit Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Crater of the Moon National Park Viewpoint