A Wet and Wild Saturday

runners on the loop road

Doug Owen

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News Release Date: October 1, 2014

Contact: Ted Stout, 208-527-1335

A Wet and Wild Saturday at Craters of the Moon

As befits a wilderness celebration, wild nature ruled the day at Craters of the Moon National Monument on Saturday. The day's activities included a fun run, a puppet show, an exhibit dedication, a film festival and an astronomy presentation.  

The day began with a run around the park's loop road. Results from the 5 and 10 kilometer races are available at the following link: 
A big thank you goes out to all 22 participants who braved the elements and helped raise funds to bring Idaho school children to the park. The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association (NHA) hosted the race and received generous support from the following organizations and individuals: 

Shu’s Idaho Running Company, New Balance 
Idaho Falls
Great Harvest Bread, Sam's Club, Fred Meyer, Teton Running, Bill's Bike and Run Shop, Brant Olson (DDS)
Blaine County Recreation District, Wood River High School Cross Country
Atkinson's Market, Blaine Country Recreation District
Castle Creek (Orlando, FL)
Your True Nature (Fort Collins, CO)
Wally Paholka (CBI- Night Sky Gallery, CA)

The following organizations and individuals helped make the other events of the day a great success: 

Puppet Show
Idaho Puppet Theater 

Wilderness Trail Exhibit Dedication
Ethan Huffman from U.S. Representative Mike Simpson’s Idaho Falls office 
John Freemuth, Boise State University professor
Rob Mason, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society
Dani Mazzotta, Idaho Conservation League Central Idaho Associate
Brian Bean, owner of Lava Lake Ranch

Wilderness Film Festival
National Park Service (NPS) 
Several of the films shown at this event may be viewed at the following link:

Astonomy Presentations
Idaho Falls Astonomical Society
Nolan Olson, NPS Astro-ranger

Images from the days events may be viewed on our Facebook page: 

Everyday is a "wild" day at Craters of the Moon thanks to the far-sighted actions of those who established the first Wilderness area in the National Park System here in 1970. We invite you to experience Idaho's national park for yourself.


Last updated: February 28, 2015

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Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
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Arco, ID 83213


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