Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon


Park Closure

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,, Government Shutdown Craters of the Moon will remain open for winter recreation but no facilities or services will be available. During the federal government shutdown, this website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions including parking access.


  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Navigation Please do not rely upon GPS digital navigation systems to find your way to Craters of the Moon. Please note that the Visitor Center at 1266 Craters Loop Road is located just off U.S. Highway 20/26/93 and is not accessed via any unpaved roads.

Loop Drive Closed

The Loop Road is closed to motorized vehicles beyond the visitor center*. The Loop Road is open for pedestrian and winter recreation use beyond the gate. The Loop Road has not yet been groomed this season but it is covered with several inches of snow. Until grooming begins, dogs on leash and snow- bicycles are also permitted on the Loop Road.

*Parking access may change depending on snowfall and the length of the government shutdown. All government services will be curtailed at this site during the shutdown including updates to this website and social media.


Click for a real-time view of U.S. Highway 20/26/93 with Big Cinder Butte in the distance. The NPS Monument entrance is located about 10 miles east of this web-camera.

Last updated: December 26, 2018

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Mailing Address:

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

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300

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