Contact: Visitor Center staff, 208-527-1335
Join us for nice temperatures, sparse crowds, and opportunities to view Craters of the Moon….and beyond!
Please be aware that this is also the time of year when we conduct preventative maintenance on our roadway. Expect delays on the scenic Loop Road from September 4-14 while a crew resurfaces the drive. The one-way loop portion of the drive will likely be closed from September 4-7 to facilitate this operation. In addition, the Lava Flow Campground will be closed from September 12-14. During this time limited tent sites in the campground and dispersed RV camping spots will be available for campers. Call (208)527-1335 or check our website:http://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm or
Facebook page www.facebook.com/CratersoftheMoonNationalMonument for updates.
Ranger Guided Activities:
Enjoy a patio talk, a walk through a lava tube cave or an evening activity. Evening activities are being offered nightly through September 30. Daily Ranger guided walks and talks are being offered through October 20. For a complete listing visit our website:
September 8, 15, 21, 22 and 29-Astronomy Presentations and Viewing: 8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Some of the last dark skies in the country can be found in national parks, like Craters of the Moon, and the National Park Service is proud to share the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Join us for special astronomy presentations offered in the campground amphitheater followed by star gazing opportunities.
September 21-Star Party: Begins at sunset
Experience the universe under the naturally dark skies of Craters of the Moon. Telescopes and expert viewing advice will be provided by members of the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society. Meet in the Caves Area parking lot and dress warmly.
September 22-International Observe the Moon Night: Begins at sunset
Observe the Moon from Craters of the Moon! Our Night Sky volunteer will provide a slide program and telescope viewing opportunity on the moon and the night sky at 8:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. Afterwards, join members of the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society at the Caves parking lot for a look at the moon through telescopes. For more information about Observe the Moon Night visit the website: http://observethemoonnight.org/
September 29 -National Public Lands Day: Free admission and Volunteer Project
Celebrate National Public Lands Day by visiting Idaho`s first National Monument. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived to encourage visitation. Each year tens of thousands of people visit the lava tube caves at Craters of the Moon, making them the monument's most popular feature. Help care for these special places by removing trash left in the caves, including many small items that have fallen into cracks and crannies in the cave floors. We'll also clean up the caves trail by collecting garbage and removing gravel from the old trail that obscures many of the fine surface lava features. Gloves, garbage bags, and all other special equipment will be provided.Working in and around the caves requires screening to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed several million bats in North America. Visit the monument website at http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/things2know.htm for more information on appropriate gear. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 208.527.1332 or email@example.com if you would like more information or to help out. Service groups as well as individuals are welcome.
Did You Know?
Moonscape?...At first glance the landscape of Craters of the Moon appears to be devoid of life. Look deeper and you will observe a rich diversity of life including more than 750 types of plants and almost 300 animal species (not including insects!).