Backcountry Permits

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

A free permit is required for overnight trips into the Craters of the Moon Wilderness Area. A permit is also required for day-use visits into the north end of the park. These can be obtained at the Visitor Center during business hours. These permits enable the National Park Service to monitor how many people are using these areas, to inform visitors of regulations, and to make sure that they return safely.

Wilderness Regulations:

  • No wood fires. Use backpacking stoves for cooking.
  • Bicycles and other mechanized equipment are not allowed.
  • Camping is not permitted within one mile of the Tree Molds trailhead.
  • All wilderness caves are closed to public use (to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome).
  • Leave No Trace camping is encouraged. Please pack it in pack it out.
  • Groups are limited to 8 people.

North End Regulations (day use only)

  • Closed to public during hunting season for safety reasons.
  • Hiking, road biking, snowshoeing, and skiing are permitted.
  • Bikes may only be ridden on the roads up Little Cottonwood Creek.
  • All north end caves are closed to public use (to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome).
  • Leave No Trace hiking is encouraged. Please pack it in pack it out
  • Avoid water systems, transformer boxes, and radio transmission/telemetry facilities.
  • In winter, be aware of any avalanche danger.

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Last updated: April 24, 2020

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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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