Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon



Visitor Center and Bookstore Open Daily

  • The visitor center, bookstore, museum, and visitor center restrooms are open daily. Review the visitor center hours.
  • Be prepared for your visit. Drinking water is only available at the campground and visitor center.
  • Vault toilets are available 24 hours at the Lava Flow Campground, Devils Orchard, the Tree Molds Area, and Caves Area.
  • Check the local weather forecast before driving to the park.
  • Passport stamps are available in the bookstore during business hours. You can also email the park, and we can mail you copies of the passport stamps.
  • Information on things to do can be found online and on the free National Park Service app. Cell service is very limited inside the park, so we recommend downloading the app and saving Craters of the Moon for offline use before you arrive.
  • The full park film, Craters of the Moon: The Movie, is available online as well as other short videos on our multimedia page.

Loop Road Open to Vehicles for the Season

The Loop Road is currently open to vehicles for the season 24 hours.

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NPS Illustration / S. Lacy

Lava Flow Campground is Open First Come, First Served

The Lava Flow Campground is open first come, first served. Drinking water and flush toilets are available 24 hours, but there are no hookups. RV or car camping is not permitted at the visitor center.

Two Lava Tube Caves are Open, Permit Required

Indian Tunnel and Dewdrop Cave, both located at the Caves Area, are open. A free cave permit is required to enter the caves. Cave permits protect bats. Permits can only be obtained in person at the visitor center during business hours. All other caves in the park are closed.

The America the Beautiful passes including the Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Fourth Grade passes do not count as cave permits.

Due to road maintenance, the caves and Caves Area will be closed July 1 and 2.


Temporary Closures

Cave Closures During 2024

Buffalo Caves, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave are closed. All other caves in the park remain closed. These caves are closed to protect bats and due to sensitive environmental conditions. Help protect bats by respecting closures.

Planning Your Trip

Conditions can change rapidly this time of year. Check these sources before travelling to the park:

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Recreate Responsibly

When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces to 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. Idaho Rebound (COVID-19) Plan

Last updated: June 19, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
1266 Craters Loop Road
P.O. Box 29

Arco, ID 83213


208 527-1300

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