Current Conditions - Craters of the Moon


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:
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Visitor Center and Bookstore Open Daily

  • The visitor center, bookstore, museum, and visitor center restrooms are open daily. Review the visitor center hours.
  • Vault toilets remain open along the Loop Road and are found at the Lava Flow Campground, Devil's Orchard, and Tree Molds parking areas.
  • Passport stamps will be available in the bookstore during business hours.
  • Information on trails and other 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.

The Loop Road is Open

The Loop Road is open to motorized vehicles. Leashed pets are allowed on the Loop Road and in parking areas but not hiking trails.

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Indian Tunnel and Dewdrop Caves Are Open

Indian Tunnel and Dewdrop Cave are currently open as conditions allow. 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. The Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes do not count as a cave permit.

Lava Flow Campground is Open

The Lava Flow Campground is currently open and is accessible to vehicles. All sites are first come, first served. The water is on for the season and comfort stations and vault toilets remain available. RV or car camping is not permitted outside of the campground.

Group Campground is Closed

The Group Campground is closed for the season and is available by reservation only through


Temporary Closures

Cave Closures During 2022

Buffalo Caves, located on the Broken Top Loop, is closed. In the Caves Trail area, Boy Scout Cave and Beauty Cave are closed. These caves are closed to protect bats and because of environmental conditions. Help protect bats by respecting closures.

North Crater Flow Trail is Closed During 2022

North Crater Flow Trail will not open in 2022. 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!

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Recreate Responsibly

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 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.


Planning Your Trip

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

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Last updated: October 1, 2022

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

Arco , ID 83213


208 527-1300

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