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 Open at 25% Capacity
The Loop Road is Open
The Loop Road is open to vehicles.
Lava Flow Campground is Open
The Lava Flow Campground is open. Campsites are available on a first come-first served basis only. Water is turned off for the season.
The following lava tube caves are open: Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave. All are located at the Cave Area (stop 7 on the brochure map). A free permit is required to enter the caves. Permits can only be obtained in person at the park entrance station and information tent in front of the visitor center during business hours. The Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes do not count as a cave permit.
Buffalo Caves are Closed through 2021
Buffalo Caves, located along the Broken Top Loop, will remain closed through 2021.
North Crater Flow Trail is Closed through 2021
North Crater Flow Trail will not open in 2021. 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: October 14, 2021