First Time Field Trip

students on a field trip
Students creating a lava tube on the Caves Trail.
Is this your first trip to Craters of the Moon? Follow these easy steps to reserve and plan a trip to the moon.
Contact the park’s education staff, at 208-527-1335 or by email, to make a reservation. During this conversation we will cover logistics for the day and what we can do to help meet your teaching needs. If you would like to make a reservation for your students for the end of the school year please do so as soon as possible, the last two weeks of May fill up very quickly. After making your reservation you will receive a confirmation email containing a suggested itinerary, information on how to obtain a cave permit for your group, and a link to the curriculum materials found on our website.
A typical Craters of the Moon field trip in the spring, summer, and fall begins with a stop at our visitor center where groups receive an orientation from a ranger. The rest of the day is self-guided. Groups usually spend 2-3 hours traveling around our loop road where students can climb volcanoes, investigate lava flows, and explore lava tube caves. In the winter, groups meet at the visitor center for a classroom session before heading out on the snow with a ranger.
Number of Participants
During the spring, summer, and fall seasons we have the capacity for as many as 150 students each day. During the winter season, we have enough snowshoes for about 30 participants each day.
Field Trip Cost
Education programs offered by Craters of the Moon are free for school groups who are participating in our education program. Teachers who choose not to make a reservation will be charged standard entrance fees.
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.

Visit our spring/fall or winter field trip pages for more information.

Last updated: April 5, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300

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