A Violent Past, Calm Present, and Uncertain Future...

Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We invite you to explore this "weird and scenic landscape" where yesterday's volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow... Read More

Sunrise view of Crescent Butte with Big Southern Butte on the horizon.

Our Geologic Story

Learn about the volcanic forces that have shaped Craters of the Moon.

Campground loops seen from viewpoint.

Camp at Craters of the Moon

Spend the night under the stars.

The Loop Road with patches of snow

Current Conditions

Conditions can change rapidly this time of year. Check here for the current status of roads and other facilities.

stars over craters

International Dark Sky Park

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has granted International Dark Sky Park status to Craters of the Moon. Find out more...

students on lava rock

Outdoor Classroom

Plan a field trip or link to curriculum materials.

Last updated: October 23, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
P.O. Box 29

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300

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