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!

Lava Flow Campground is open
Lava Flow Campground is Open

After undergoing a major renovation project, the Lava Flow Campground is now open. All campsites will continue to be available on a first come-first served basis. Payment is accepted by credit card at the automated fee machine at any time. In order to keep the pipes from freezing, water will be turned off to the Lava Flow Campground on Monday, Oct. 24. The Lava Flow campground will remain accessible for public camping at reduced rates until the road is closed by snow later in the season. The Group Campground is already closed for the season. More camping information...

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.

The 7-mile Loop Drive and all trails are open. Make sure to obtain a permit at the visitor center before entering any cave or spending the night in the Wilderness.


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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