• 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 usually prevent automobile access around the Loop Road from mid-November through mid-April.

Visitor Center Hours

Memorial Day through Sept. 20:

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?

pioneer reenactment

"the Devil's Vomit" is how one Oregon- bound pioneer described his encounter with Craters of the Moon. Hundreds of pioneers travelled through the area on the Goodale's Cutoff section of the Oregon trail in the 1850's and 1860's. More...