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 dirt roads.


  • Alert 1 , Severity ,information ,, Cave Permits Do not enter any cave without first obtaining a permit from the visitor center or entrance station. To obtain a permit you must not bring any clothing or gear that has been in caves outside of Craters of the Moon over the last 11 years. Thank you!

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Loop Drive is Closed
Loop Road is Closed for the Winter

Snow accumulation has led to the closure of the 7-mile Loop Drive.The road is now closed to motorized travel just beyond the Visitor Center parking lot. Foot travel is permitted on the winter trail beyond the gate. Bicycles and pets on leash are currently permitted until grooming begins on the Winter Trail for skiing and snowshoeing.

The Lava Flow campground is accessible only on foot (1/4 mile walk from the visitor center lot) for free winter camping.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 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.



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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300
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