The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Craters of the Moon is as follows:
Visitor Center and Bookstore are Open Wednesday - Sunday
The Loop Road is Closed
The Loop Road is currently closed to automobiles for the winter season. The Loop Road and trails (excluding the Caves Area and all caves) are open 24-hours per day and accessible by hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing only. Pets are not allowed on the Loop Road during the winter season.
Lava Flow Campground is Closed to Drive-in Camping
The Lava Flow Campground is open to walk-in camping. A free permit is required and available at the visitor center. Campsites are available on a first come-first served basis only. Water is turned off for the season. Vault toilets remain available. RV or car camping is not permitted in the visitor center parking lot.
All Caves are Closed for the Season
Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave are closed for the winter season. All are located at the Cave Area (stop 7 on the brochure map). When open, a free permit is required to enter the caves. Permits can only be obtained in person at the park entrance station and visitor center during business hours. The Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes do not count as a cave permit.
Buffalo Caves are Closed through 2022
Buffalo Caves, located along the Broken Top Loop, will remain closed through 2022.
North Crater Flow Trail is Closed through 2022
North Crater Flow Trail will not open in 2022. The 0.25 mile (0.4 km) long North Crater Flow Trail is closed due to construction activities which will result in an improved trail that is universally accessible. Thank you for your patience!
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
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Last updated: January 15, 2022