Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon



  • 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.

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Winter Trail Groomed

The entire Winter Trail was groomed with track set for cross-country skiing on Friday, March 15.

Winter Recreation

Snowshoes are available to borrow from the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association for a suggested donation of $5 per pair from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily. The 1 mile Snowshoe Loop Trail is marked with orange poles.

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. - 4:30 pm. Please note that road access in the park is limited to the parking lot near the visitor center during the winter months. The scenic Loop Drive generally reopens to automobiles in mid-April after snow and ice have been cleared from the roadway.

The Lava Flow Campground is only accessible for snow-camping by way of a .25 mile snowshoe hike from the visitor center parking lot during the winter months. A pit toilet is availalble in the campground. The separate Group Campground is closed during the winter.



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: March 15, 2019

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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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