Laws & Policies

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Laws and Policies

Many of the laws that are enforced across the National Park System and within the boundaries of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve may be found within the Code of Federal Regulations.

Read regulations that pertain specifically to Craters of the Moon by reviewing the Superintendent's Compendium.

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As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. The new law does not affect the use of firearms within units of the National Park System. Hunting continues to be prohibited within the National Park Service administered Craters of the Moon National Monument. Hunting is permitted in Craters of the Moon National Preserve and the surrounding BLM administered lands. Firearms may only be used for lawful hunting in accord with state law in these areas and no trapping is permitted within the Preserve.

Please note that Federal law prohibits firearms within the visitor center at Craters of the Moon.

Special Park Uses

Commercial filming and special events may require a permit.

Last updated: August 1, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
1266 Craters Loop Road
P.O. Box 29

Arco, ID 83213


208 527-1300

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