Winter Activities and Events

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Date: November 28, 2017
Contact: Visitor Center Staff, 208-527-1335

Winter is coming and staff at Craters of the Moon National Monument are looking forward to some snowy fun. As snow accumulates the loop drive is closed to automobile travel and groomed for skiing and snowshoeing. Make plans to join us for the following winter activities and events:

Visitor Center: Daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., except for the following holidays (Nov. 23, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) View exhibits and audio-visual presentations to learn more about your national monument. Check out the bookstore for unique gifts or snowshoe rentals. Visit the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association website for more details at: http://www.cratersofthemoonnha.org/

Cross-country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: Mid-December thru February (depending on snow conditions) The 7 mile loop road will be groomed for skiing as snow pack allows and there are no entry or user fees. Most of the Winter Trail follows relatively level terrain and can be completed in 2-4 hours. There are also excellent opportunities for snowshoeing throughout the park including our 1.5 mile Snowshoe Loop Trail. Please note that pets are not permitted on any of our trails.

Visit the website for maps and current conditions: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/winter-activities.htm

Snowshoe Walk: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24
Explore a cooler side of Craters of the Moon on a Ranger-guided snowshoe walk. The day begins with a short introduction to the winter environment followed by a fun loop through the park on snowshoes. Look for tracks and climb a volcano on this 2 mile trek. Snowshoes are available for complementary use (donations accepted). Reservations are required and participants need to be at least 10 years of age for this moderately strenuous walk. Group size is limited to 25. Call 208-527-1335 or email (crmo_information@nps.gov) early to sign up for these popular excursions.

Group Snowshoe Walk: 9 a.m. - Noon on Saturdays in January and February by reservation
Are you looking for a special adventure for your group or club? The day begins with a short introduction to the winter environment followed by a fun loop through the park on snowshoes. Look for tracks and climb a volcano on this 2 mile trek. Snowshoes are available for use and there is no charge for these events (donations accepted). Reservations are required and participants need to be at least 10 years of age for this moderately strenuous walk. Group size is limited to 25. Call 208-527-1335 or email crmo_information@nps.gov early to sign up for these popular excursions.

Snow School: Tuesday through Friday in January and February
Bring your students to Craters for an unforgettable and educational snowshoe trek. Snowshoe with a Ranger and learn about how wildlife adapts to winter conditions. We have enough snowshoes for about 30 students and the walks are suitable for third graders and up. Contact the park at (208) 527-1332 for more information or to schedule a field trip. Transportation assistance is available! After registering for a Snow School visit we will provide you with detailed information on what to wear and bring. Visit the website to learn more about Snow School: https://www.nps.gov/crmo/learn/education/classrooms/snowschool.htm



Last updated: November 28, 2017

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

Arco, ID 83213

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(208) 527-1300

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