Permits & Reservations

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Drone use is prohibited in Craters of the Moon

Permits are required for the following park activities:

Cave Permits: To protect the bats, a free cave permit is required to visit the five caves at the Monument. This can be obtained at the Visitor Center or the Entrance Station.

Backcountry Permits: A free Wilderness Permit is required to spend the night in the Craters of the Moon wilderness area or to hike in the North end of the park. They can be picked up at the Visitor Center during business hours.

Filming Permit: A permit may is required for commercial filming or commerical photography in the park. Secretarial Order 3379 places a temporary cessation on use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in parks for filming.

Special Park Uses Permit: A permit may be required for large group events and uses.

Research Permit: A permit is required for scientific research in the park. Permits can be obtained through the NPS Research Permit and Reporting website.


Educational Fee Waiver: Only bonafide educational or scientific organizations visiting Craters of the Moon for educational or scientific purposes may apply for a waiver of entrance fees.

Group Campground Reservations: The Group Campground is available for tent camping only by reservation late-May through September (weather dependent).

Last updated: January 21, 2022

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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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