Permits & Reservations

Permits are required for the following park activities: (Click on the link to find out more)

Cave Permit: To protect the bats, a free cave permit is required to visit the five caves at the Monument. This can be obtained at the Visitor Center or the Entrance Station.

Wilderness Permit: A free Wilderness Permit is required to spend the night in the Craters of the Moon Wilderness area. They can be picked up at the Visitor Center during business hours.

Filming Permit: A permit is required for commercial filming or photography in the park. Contact the park for more information.

Special Park Uses Permit: A permit may be required for large group events and uses.

Research Permit: A permit is required for scientific research in the park. Permits can be obtained through the NPS Research Permit and Reporting website.


Fee Waiver: Only bonafide educational or scientific organizations visiting Craters of the Moon for educational or scientific purposes may apply for a waiver of entrance fees.

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