Laws & Policies
Many of the laws that are enforced across the National Park System and within the boundaries of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve may be found within the Code of Federal Regulations.
Click on the link to read regulations that pertain specifically to Craters of the Moon.
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. The new law does not affect the use of firearms within units of the National Park System. Hunting continues to be prohibited within Craters of the Moon National Monument and hunting continues to be permitted at Craters of the Moon National Preserve (map) and the surrounding BLM administered lands. Firearms may only be used for lawful hunting in accord with state law in these areas.
As a starting point, please visit our state’s website. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Commercial filming and special events may require a permit. Click on the link to find out more.
Did You Know?
Craters of the Moon is a HUGE national park! It is over 1,100 square miles (over 750,000 acres) which is roughly the size of Rhode Island. The young lava flows that make up the bulk of the Monument and Preserve can clearly be seen from space.