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. Using our custom trip planner, Arco attractions like Craters of the Moon National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You can definitely see why this is called Craters of the Moon. A very different landscape from anything else nearby. A great place to see lava (if you can't get to Hawaii).  more »
  • I thought it should be visited in the State were covered with snow, and snow is falling on this day, but still see snow condition. Sinche wearing more if there is a snow could not go until the snow trails, but it seems too subtle when the road was closed in the Middle, has become a cycle. You want revenge on the snow in no time.
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  • We camped here two nights in September. Be aware that the wind blows ALL of the time. The hiking is great, the area is great, the campground is wonderful (no showers). We loved the various trails and ...  more »

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