Accessibility

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Craters of the Moon provides many opportunities for visitors with disabilities including two accessible trails.

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The National Park Service welcomes people with disabilities. We are happy to provide the following services, and we are striving to improve accessibility for all visitors.

 

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Interagency Access Pass

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Access Pass

The Interagency Access Pass provides free entrance to all National Park Service sites and other benefits for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Obtain an Access Pass from the park entrance station. Learn more about the Access Pass.

Service Animals

Dogs classified as service animals are individually trained to perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability. Service dogs are legally permitted anywhere that visitors can go. Learn more about requirements for service animals. Emotional support, therapy, and companion animals, as well as service animals in training, are not service animals and must abide by all pet regulations and are not allowed in buildings, caves, or on trails.

 

Mobility and Trails

  • Visitor Center: The visitor center, museum, bookstore, and restrooms are fully accessible.
  • Campground: Restrooms in the campground are accessible. Lava Flow Campground sites #3, #34, #35, and #42 are accessible. Site #34 includes an electrical outlet for those who need it for medical reasons.
 

Trail Details

Devil’s Orchard Trail, the Snow Cone portion of the Spatter Cones trail, and the walkway between the campground and visitor center are accessible. The sections below display detailed accessibility information about each trail.

Please be aware that trail conditions may have changed since trails were assessed. Maximum grades and cross slopes listed may vary by 10% or more.Temporary obstructions may include downed trees and rockfall.
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 miles (0.5 km) loop
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 38 ft (12 m), loss 24 ft (7 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 2.5° (3.6%)
13% of trail is from 4.5° to 10° (8% to 18%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 1.5° (2.8%)
9% of trail is from 4.5° to 12.5° (8% to 22%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 43 in (110 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 26 in (66 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Asphalt
99% of trail is PAVED, 1% of trail is BOARDWALK
OBSTRUCTIONS: RUTS to 4 inches

 
TRAIL LENGTH: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) round-trip
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: gain 758 ft (231 m), loss 510 ft (155 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 7.5° (13.4%)
64% of trail is from 4.5° to 43° (8% to 94%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 2.5° (4.2%)
28% of trail is from 4.5° to 48.5° (8% to 113%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 44 in (111 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 18 in (46 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: cinders and lava
90% of trail is FIRM or HARD, 10% of trail is PAVED
OBSTRUCTIONS: ROCKS to 10 inches, RUTS to 16 inches, STEPS to 19 inches

 

Fully Accessible Trail


TRAIL LENGTH: 0.5 miles (0.8 km) loop
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 39 ft (12 m), loss 28 ft (9 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 1.5° (2.5%)
12% of trail is from 4.5° to 9° (8% to 15%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 2° (3.8%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 60 in (152 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 60 in (152 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Concrete
100% of trail is PAVED
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.4 miles (0.8 km) round-trip
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 164 ft (50 m)
    
TYPICAL GRADE: 8.5° (14.9%)
91% of trail is from 4.5° to 15.5° (8% to 28%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 1.8° (3%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 60 in (152 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 60 in (152 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Gravel-like cinders
100% of trail is FIRM
OBSTRUCTIONS: ROCKS to 4 inches

Fully Accessible Trail


TRAIL LENGTH: 0.1 mile (0.16 km) round-trip
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Negligible

TYPICAL GRADE: 6.9° (4%)
13% of trail has a grade above 8%
Standard wheelchair ramp is 8%

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 1° (2.1%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 74 in (188 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 71 in (180 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Concrete
100% of trail is paved
OBSTRUCTIONS: None
TRAIL LENGTH: 2 mile (3.2 km) round-trip to 1st group of tree molds
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 108 ft (33 m), loss 147 ft (45 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 3° (5.1%)
20% of trail is from 4.5° to 14° (8% to 25%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)
    
TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 2.5° (4%)
36% of trail is from 4.5° to 10° (8% to 18%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 44 in (113 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 17 in (43 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Asphalt and cinder
10% of trail is PAVED, 90% of trail is cinder
OBSTRUCTIONS: ROCKS to 5 inches
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.8 miles (3 km) loop
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 242 ft (74 m), loss 197 ft (60 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 3° (4.8%)
23% of trail is from 4.5° to 32° (8% to 62%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)
    
TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 1° (2.3%)
12% of trail is from 4.5° to 16° (8% to 29%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 49 in (124 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 18 in (46 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Cinders and lava
74% of trail is FIRM, 26% of trail is HARD or PAVED
OBSTRUCTIONS: ROCKS to 12 inches, RUTs to 10 inches, STEPS to 20 inches
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.6 miles (2.6 km) round-trip
CUMULATIVE ELEVATION CHANGE: Gain 95 ft (29 m), loss 93 ft (28 m)

TYPICAL GRADE: 2.5° (4.5%)
21% of trail is from 4.5° to 36.5° (8% to 74%)
Standard wheelchair ramp is 4.5° (8%)

TYPICAL CROSS SLOPE: 1.5° (3.3%)
16% of trail is from 4.5° to 16° (8% to 29%)

TYPICAL TREAD WIDTH: 43 in (109 cm)
MINIMUM TREAD WIDTH: 30 in (76 cm)

TRAIL SURFACE: Asphalt
100% of trail is PAVED
OBSTRUCTIONS (inside caves): ROCKS to >18 inches , STEPS to > 2 feet, LOW CEILINGS

WARNING: Access into caves requires descending a stairway or scrambling over rock piles. Some caves
have low ceilings in places, so crouching and crawling may be required. 
 

Audio and Visual Assistance

  • Copies of the park map and guide are available in braille.
  • Topographic models of park and regional landscapes are available for viewing and touching in the visitor center.
  • Audio description and assistive listening devices are available for the film in the visitor center theater. Audio description is also available for a portion of the museum exhibits.
  • All audio-visual presentations in the visitor center museum are captioned.
  • Scripts or outlines are available for interpretive programs by request.

Ask any staff person for assistance or access to listening devices.

Last updated: January 16, 2022

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Mailing Address:

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

Arco , ID 83213

Phone:

208 527-1300

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