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.

Park Loop Road and Campgrounds are Closed

The park loop road is closed due to winter conditions. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Although the roadway is currently covered with snow, there is not yet sufficient snow depth for grooming of the Winter Trail. Until grooming of the Winter Trail commences, dogs on leash and bicycles, including snow bikes, will be permitted on the loop road.

Campgrounds are no longer accessible by automobile. However, snow camping is permitted in the Lava Flow Campground and at various other backcountry locations. Self-contained RV's are also permitted to park overnight in the visitor center parking lot. Water has been turned off for the season and only a pit toilet is available in the campground. Water for filling jugs may be obtained in the visitor center during business hours. The Group Campground is closed for the season.

The physical address for the visitor center is 1266 Craters Loop Road, about half-way between Arco and Carey on US Highway 20/26/93. Please note that there is no access to the main visitor use area of Craters of the Moon by unpaved roads.



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: January 8, 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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