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Contact: Karl Pearson, (208) 527-1321Organizations and groups wanting to camp at Craters of the Moon National Monument will be able to check availability and reserve the Group Campground on-line beginning at 8 a.m. MST on January 31, 2017. That is the date when reservations begin on the recreation.gov website. Upon logging in to the website and searching for “Craters of the Moon” and picking “Group Campground” from the list, group representatives will be able to check availability, pay for, and print out their camping permit before visiting the park.
Besides the Group Campground, Craters of the Moon also has a public campground with 42 campsites which are available on a first come-first served basis. This campsite received a major face-lift last summer which included the installation of a new automated fee machine which allows campers to claim and pay for available campsites at any time with a credit card. The Lava Flow campground is generally accessible for car-camping beginning in mid-April.
The Group Campground is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 20/26/93 at the base of Sunset Cone, a 12,000 year old cinder cone. A grove of Douglas fir trees grows on the shady north side of the volcano surrounding the group campground. This secluded camping area is the perfect spot for organized groups. It is available by reservation only for groups of up to 30 people for tent camping only from May 26 through September 30. The site has picnic tables, drinking water, a vault restroom and a large campfire ring, Wood fires are permitted in the fire ring but you must bring in your own firewood. No wood collecting is permitted. A large barbecue is also available for grilling with briquettes. The parking area will accommodate eight vehicles maximum (no RVs or trailers) for tent camping only. The cost for using the group campsite is $30/night which includes reservation fees.
If you have further questions about camping at Craters of the Moon National Monument or need help planning a trip to the park, call (208)527-1335 or visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm
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