Spatter Cones

A paved trail winds up the side of a miniature volcano.
Take a short walk to peer inside these miniature volcanoes.

NPS Photo / Jacob W Frank

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Created during the dwindling stages of an eruption, the spatter cones formed as hot lumps of lava were thrown a short distance into the air only to fall back to earth around a small central vent. As the still-molten blobs landed on top of each other, they cooled and adhered to nearby pieces to form the walls of what could be considered a mini-volcano. Take a short walk up the Spatter Cones Trail and the Snow Cone Trail to take a look down into the cones. The Snow Cone Trail is wheelchair accessible.

Corresponds to #6 on the park brochure map.

Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

Last updated: January 11, 2024