Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

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See lava tubes, tree molds, almost every variety of basaltic lava, and the deepest known rift crack in the world at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Go to the visitor center to learn how astronauts trained at the park, watch the short film on the monument's geology, and read the various displays. In certain seasons, ranger-led walks are available on which you can learn about the local wildlife, plants, and geology. You can, however, take a self-guided tour anytime of year, and the trails are easily accessible from the loop drive. Take in the views from the road at the various stopping points and leave your car briefly to hike to the caves and rift cracks in the lava. Craters of the Moon National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Arco Edition.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We had the pleasure of not only visiting but also camp for one night at Craters of the Moon. It was an amazing experience!! The landscape almost makes you think you are on another planet and although ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This might not be a stop for everyone but if your desire is to experience the effects of ancient volcanic activity up close this is a must see. We've visited a number of National Monuments around the ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We only had a short time to enjoy Craters of the Moon but we were there long enough to figure out how amazing this place is. From surreal landscapes and cinder cones to the interesting flora that surv...  more »

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