Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve - Motorcycle, Camp, Hike, and Horseback near Arco, Idaho
~Wilderness Trail, Arco, ID 83213, USA,Arco,Idaho
43.41665, -113.5166497
18.7 miles SW of Arco, Idaho
Address: ~Wilderness Trail, Arco, ID 83213, USA
GPS: 43°24'59.9"N 113°30'59.9"W
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State: Idaho

Motorcycle, Camp, Hike, and Horseback

Described as a "weird and scenic landscape", Craters of the Moon certainly lives up to its reputation. It was established in 1924 to preserve the unique volcanic features of this enormous lava field. The 750,000-acre monument contains a diverse array of volcanic features including volcanic rifts, cinder cones, spatter cones, shield volcanoes and lava tube caves. A surprising number of plants and animals have adapted to live in the harsh volcanic and high desert environment. It is an excellent site for hiking, bird watching, photography, backpacking and caving (permits required). The monument is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Summer activities include guided cave walks and evening programs at the campground. Winter activities include Winter Ecology Workshops, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Park is open 24 hours/day year-round. Visitor Center: Memorial Day-Labor Day 8am-6pm, rest of the year 8am-4:30pm. Closed winter holidays.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Arco, Idaho

  1. Head southwest on US-20 W/US-26 W/US-93 S/W Grand Ave toward N Idaho St
    Continue to follow US-20 W/US-26 W/US-93 S
    (19.0 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Loop Rd
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (2.9 mi)
  3. Turn left to stay on Loop Rd
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (0.7 mi)
  4. Turn right (0.3 mi)
  5. Keep left (0.3 mi)
  6. Keep right (0.5 mi)

18 mi. SW of Arco on Hwy. 20/26/93

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1/17/19 8:48 am
Hiking in Creators of the Moon is an opportunity to feel like walking into another world. Hiking along the ridge of the deep creators gives a new perspective on how big and diverse the universe really is.


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