“A Violent Past, Calm Present, and Uncertain Future...”
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.
There were some good walking trails with easy access. It isn't spelunking and the caves were short in length, but it was a nice break in travel. Ask about the Ranger program for kids! Walking to the top of the Inferno cone was like being in the Sahara... Without a camel. Or sand.
Definitely bring water. We didn't camp there, but we stayed for several hours, walking the trails and going in one of the caves. The cave was great even for people who don't like caves (me) because the top had caved in at points so there was always light, and you can crawl out the other side.
Camping with a tent is a little iffy (it's hard to properly stake a tent, which isn't good when a storm rolls through), but the park is beautiful and there's some really amazing geological formations. Lots to see and learn! If you're there in spring, tiny wildflowers are blooming everywhere!
Worth a stop for sure, but don't plan on spending more than a few hours here! It can get pretty hot or windy.
Wish we had more time to explore but a little underrated. Caves were interesting to see but hard to explore with little kids. Very hot when we went and needed lots of water.
I agree, unless you explore the caves, even walking the trails you won't be here long. We were here about two hours and felt like we saw "enough." Definitely stop to read signs along the paths. The kids liked being able to imagine the volcanoes when they were active and pick up pretty lava rocks.
Stunning, otherworldly, amazing colors among the dense black, informative history posts, easy enough walking. Take water, a sun hat, and get a pass to get into the caves. Climb the inferno cone if you can! Very windy-- hold on to your hat.
Very unique place and accessible with kids compared to other volcano places requiring substantial hikes to see something.
Very interesting and we went on one trail that had a few information posts that were informative. Worth the stop
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Craters of the Moon National Monument
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Not Wheelchair Accessible