Lava Flow Campground
As unique as its name, campsites are surrounded by a young lava flow. The campground is located near the visitor center and popular trails.
The road and campground closures are weather dependent. Please check the Current Conditions page for updates. The Lava Flow campground generally closes for vehicle access when the Loop Road closes in late November. It reopens to vehicles in April or May when the Loop Road opens. You may still hike into the Lava Flow campground and snow camp during the winter months.
The group campground is located about 0.75 miles (1.2 km) up a gravel road 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.
2021 Group Campground Season
May 26 to September 28
Camping area for larger groups (maximum 30 people). Available by reservations only. Tent camping only, no RVs.
$30 per group and credit card only
Wilderness and Backcountry Camping
Camping is also permitted in the Craters of the Moon Wilderness and the NPS Preserve and BLM Monument for those who are properly outfitted. Those interested must obtain a free backcountry permit from the visitor center.
Additional Camping Near Craters
Many more campgrounds and RV parks are located on the way to or from Craters. Learn more about camping near Craters of the Moon.
Last updated: November 29, 2021