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Contact: Visitor Center Staff, 208-527-1335
Recent rains should make this another banner year for the annual eruption of wildflowers at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The peak bloom is approaching and should last through early July.
Currently Dwarf Buckwheat makes up the bulk of the display on the cinder cones, but the varied habitats of the monument support more than 700 different species of plants. Although June brings the largest abundance of blooming plants, there are a variety of wildflowers that blossom throughout the summer.
Daily guided walks and evening programs are now being offered. In addition to these regularly scheduled activities a variety of special walks, talks and events are also on tap for this summer including a Star Party hosted by the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society on June 19-20. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo astronaut’s visit to the Monument there will also be a special evening presentation by a NASA educator and other shorter presentations throughout the day on Saturday, June 20. In addition, June 20-21 has been designated as a Fee Free Weekend to encourage everyone to visit their national parks.
Other special events are being offered throughout the summer including wildflower walks and wildflower photography walks. For further information about Fee Free Weekends and other special events, please call 208-527-1335 or visit the Monument’s web site at www.nps.gov/crmo.