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    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

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Summer Daily Events

A Trip to the Moon (25 min.) and Among the Craters of the Moon (17 min.) shown on the hour and 1/2 hour respectively, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the visitor center theater.
Pressed for time?...View our 7 minute introductory film in the museum.

Lunar Rangers
Hey Kids!...Complete our Junior Ranger booklet and earn a badge!

Patio Talks: Visitor Center
Daily at 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (15 min.)
Enjoy a short presentation in a shady spot on the visitor center plaza. Check at the visitor center for topics.

Cave Walks: Caves Area trailhead
Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; also at 9:00 a.m. Fri.-Sun. ( 1½ hours, 1 mile)
Follow the trail through seas of ropy lava into the strange underground world of a lava tube. Wear sturdy close-toed shoes, bring a flashlight, water and a cave permit but leave equipment used in other caves in your car.

Broken Top Hike: Broken Top Loop Trailhead/Tree Molds lot
Mon. - Thurs.
at 9:00 a.m. (2 hours, 1.8 miles)
Hike over, under and around a volcano on this fascinating hike. Bring sturdy shoes, water, a flashlight and a cave permit for exploring Buffalo Caves but leave equipment used in other caves in your car.

Evening Stroll: Campround amphitheater
Nightly at 7:00 p.m. (30 min., .25 mile)
Take a short hike to a panoramic view of the North Crater Cinder Cone and the lava landscape that surrounds it.

Junior Rangers: Campround amphitheater
Nightly at 8:00 p.m. (30 min.)
Learn to be a Ranger! Fun activities for kids ages 6-12. Parents are welcome too.

Evening Program: Campround amphitheater
Nightly at 9:30 p.m.; 9:00 p.m. in August and 8:30 p.m. in September (45 min.)
Rangers present different presentations each night on the natural and cultural history of the park. Check at the visitor center for topics. Bring a jacket and carry a flashlight for the walk back to your campsite.

Did You Know?


Searing lava flows that initially destroyed everything in their path today protect the last refuges of intact sagebrush steppe communities on the Snake River Plain. These islands of vegetation, known as kipukas, provide important examples of what is "natural". More...