There are many ways to enjoy this wonderland of lava! Start at the visitor center for park maps and information, educational exhibits, and the park film. Craters' caves and trails are all located along the 7-mile Loop Road, making it easy for visitors to see and do a lot in a short amount of time. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive, or make stops along the way to stroll, hike, picnic, snap photos, or explore a cave. Explore the Places to Go tab for stops along the Loop Road.
Ranger Recommendations for Spring, Summer, & Fall
If you have:
30 minutes: Take in the view along the scenic 7-mile Loop Road.
One Hour: Visit Inferno Cone and the Spatter Cones. If you have time, walk the Devil's Orchard Trail.
Two Hours: Hike to Big Craters from the Spatter Cones parking lot. Explore Indian Tunnel. (Pick up a free cave permit from the visitor center.)
Half a Day: Hike the Broken Top Loop or Tree Molds Trails and explore Buffalo Cave on Broken Top Loop. (Pick up a free cave permit from the visitor center.)
One Day or Longer: Explore the Craters of the Moon Wilderness. Take an long dayhike along the 4-mile Wilderness Trail (8 miles round-trip), or pack your gear for an overnight backpacking trip.
Ways to Explore
Last updated: March 15, 2021