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Craters of the Moon National Monument

18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93, Arco, Idaho 83213 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sat 8a
  • Independent
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    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“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.

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Reviewed by
DavinieFiero

  • 24 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 05, 2016
Rated 4.0

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.
VERY WINDY.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kelseyk

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

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!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SummerGaleVanWagoner

  • 18 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 10, 2016

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
snowkab

  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 17, 2016
Rated 4.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sarahjane_grant

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 15, 2014
Rated 3.0

Worth a stop for sure, but don't plan on spending more than a few hours here! It can get pretty hot or windy.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Craig Single

  • 34 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 09, 2018

Very cool. Ended up spending more time here than we had anticipated. If there for a cave tour do it. It’s so cool!

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Reviewed by
indy_miami

  • 18 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 03, 2017
Rated 4.0

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.

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Reviewed by
Monica

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

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.

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Reviewed by
vojtech.rebicek.1

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very unique place and accessible with kids compared to other volcano places requiring substantial hikes to see something.

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Reviewed by
Selena1006

  • 25 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
April 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

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

18 miles southwest of Arco, Hwy. 20/26/93
Arco, Idaho
83213 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
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