• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Monument and Preserve is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. Winter snows prevent automobile access around the Loop Road from mid-November through mid-April.

Visitor Center Hours

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Rest of the year:

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on federal holidays during the winter.


Seasons: Every season has its own special qualities. Find out what the park is like at other times of the year.

Did You Know?

willife and plants at Craters of the Moon

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!). More...