Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Arco, Idaho 83213

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Your author has a special connection to this campground: It was the first Idaho camping spot he ever stayed in, in 1970. Visitor facilities have expanded and modernized (to a point) since then, but the beautiful eerie nature of the place hasn’t changed and possibly never will. The landscape genuinely looks like something from another planet; just staring at it has its own rewards. It is so stunning that this was one of the first places in the nation, back in 1924, to be declared a national monument.

There are fine loop roads and trails, sufficient to give any visitor a good feel for this place. It is not a conventional park: You won’t see any forests here, and the enormous lava fields of eastern Idaho can be spotted on maps as those areas where there are no communities and not even any roads. But desolate though this place may seem, observers have found hundreds of species of plants (most noticeable during a spectacular but brief wildflower display in the spring) and animals including marmots, bobcats, and chipmunks."

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Trail Information

Arco
Nearby City
52
Campsites
May-Oct
Season
Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
National Park Service, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, (208) 527-3257.
Local Contacts
$10-$19
Fees per Night
Drinking water, barrier-free access, flush and vault toilets, fire rings, pull-through sites.
Facilities

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Dec 2018