White-Nose Syndrome and Cave Permitting

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Get your cave permit first!


In 2005, a deadly fungus was introduced to bat populations in the United States. Since then, this country has seen more than 7 million bat deaths due to this hardy and virulent fungus, P. destructans. Although humans aren't susceptible to this fungus, they can potentially and unknowingly collect and carry the fungus in their clothing, bringing it into new caves, mines, and other bat roost sites.

Help Us Protect Our Bats!

Since humans are a potential carrier of the bat-killing fungus, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve has instituted a screening procedure to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome to its caves. If you are planning on entering any cave within Craters of the Moon National Monument, please stop by the Visitor Center or Entrance Station to receive your free Cave Permit stamp. Displaying this stamp will show that you have been through the screening process and that you are helping protect the bats that live here.

During the permit process, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Have you been in a cave or mine since 2005?
  2. Do you have any items with you that have entered the caves or mines you previously visited? (e.g. clothing, shoes, flashlights, cameras, watches, phones, etc.) If you have items that have entered a cave since 2005, you will need to agree to leave them behind before we will issue you a permit.

Note: Permits are only valid for Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop, Boy Scout, Beauty, and Buffalo Caves. All other caves in the Monument are closed to protect bat populations.

To learn more about white-nose syndrome and how you can help to protect the bats at Craters, view our WNS poster.

Last updated: June 26, 2019

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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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