• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Things To Do

Craters of the Moon is a volcanic wonderland that is fun to explore. Below are some suggested itineraries based on the amount of time that you may have for a visit:

Start at the Visitor Center for informative exhibits, films and advice from staff. (15 min.)

*A Cave Permit is required before entering any cave on National Park Service lands. Obtain a permit at the Entrance Station, or the Visitor Center, to enter Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop, Beauty, Boy Scout or Buffalo Caves. All other caves are closed to recreational caving.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

SPRING/SUMMER & FALL ACTIVITIES

Additional 30 minutes:

  • Take in the view along the scenic 7 mile loop drive.

Additional 1 hour:

  • Hike the North Crater Flow trail, Spatter Cones and Devil's Orchard Trails.

Additional 2 hours:

  • Hike to Big Craters from the Spatter Cones parking lot.
  • Explore Indian Tunnel.*

1/2 day:

  • Hike the Broken Top Loop or Tree Molds Trails.

1 day (or longer):

  • Explore the Craters of the Moon Wilderness (Lava Trees and Echo Crater).
 

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...