Group Size Limitation
Spring, Summer, and Fall
Outside of winter, education groups are limited to a maximum of two classrooms of no more than 60 people total during their visit to the park. To further preserve the national park experience for all visitors, education groups over 30 in number are asked to divide into separate groups (pods). Each pod has a maximum of 30 people. Both trail and parking capacity were considered in determining the group size limitations. Chaperone supervision is integral to ensuring that the park resource, visitors, and students are safe during their visit. We suggest a minimum of one chaperone for every 10 students.
Each pod will travel as their own group, and only one pod may be at a hiking trail/parking area at a time. For example, one pod may be on the Inferno Cone trail (pod 1) while another is at Devil’s Orchard trail (pod 2). Please plan your trip and bus routes accordingly so that your pods do not overlap at any park site.
Vehicles and Parking
Due to limited parking at each park site/parking area, education groups are allowed no more than 5 vehicles at Craters of the Moon during their visit.
Academic Fee Waivers
Classes or groups from accredited academic institutions may apply for a fee waiver. Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive a fee waiver. There are three criteria to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities. Groups that choose to not make a reservation or apply for an academic fee waiver will be charged the standard entrance fee per vehicle. Find out more information about fees & passes.
Now more than ever, let’s recreate responsibly. When enjoy your parks, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please recreate responsibly.
Transportation and Logistics Assistance
We recognize that limiting the number of people on a bus may be cost prohibitive. Our team is willing to work with education groups to explore transportation assistance fund options to help reimburse potential bus costs. If you are interested in transportation assistance, please indicate that on the comment section of your education group request form. We will also work with education groups to discuss pod logistics, potential pod routes and sample itineraries to ensure that students and visitors can safely enjoy the park.
Bookstore and Restroom Use
The Visitor Center and Natural Historic Association bookstore will be open to education groups in a limited capacity. Five people, four students and one chaperone, from the education group are allowed inside the bookstore for up to 10 minutes at a time. Students may only enter the bookstore if they are intending to make a purchase.
The Visitor Center breezeway and restroom area are open to the public. Please adhere to social distancing and safety measures in these shared spaces. Comfort stations with restrooms are also available throughout the site in various parking areas. If your group plans to use the restrooms at the visitor center, please limit the number of students to no more than five at a time inside this area. Groups may not congregate in the breezeway.
To reduce environmental impact, please bring garbage bags to sort plastic, glass, and metal cans if you plan to have lunch on site. Education groups should place the material to be recycled in the recycle bins on the way out of the park. If education groups choose to have lunch on site, please stay in your pods and practice proper social distancing when possible.
There are a few wheelchair accessible trails within the park and all of our visitor centers are ADA accessible. Please let us know if you have any participants that require an accessible site.
We strongly encourage educators to utilize the following resources to prepare for a visit to this special place. Please review the Spring and Fall Field Trip Guide and visit our Curriculum Materials page for more resources. Watch the 15 minute orientation video, and check out our park film, Craters of the Moon: The Movie! (Duration: 21 minutes) as well as other videos on our Multimedia Presentations page.
Thank you for helping us ensure that all visitors, staff, and students have a safe and enjoyable experience here Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.