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Outdoor activities farther from Boise: Craters of the Moon National Park
March 29, 2022

Craters of the moon got its name when local legends made reference to the landscape looking like the surface of the moon. It’s one of the youngest volcanic areas in Idaho. Different seasons bring different opportunities to explore. Fall is ideal with its cooler weather, Spring offers peak wildflower bloom, Wintertime is a great opportunity for snowshoeing and XC skiing, and Summer is often hot and hiking in the morning hours is recommended. Dark lava rocks will get to 170degrees! The 7-mile loop road points to all the trailheads. 

Location: 1266 Craters Loop Road, Arco ID. Visitor center is located 18 miles west of Arco on US Hwy 20/26/93

Contact: visitor info (208)527-1335 Headquarters (208)572-1300 Or email on website

Fees and Permits: Please check website for current fees and pass information. Free permit required for day use in the North end of the park and for overnight use.

Hours: the park is open every day but during winter months park facilities and the loop road are closed. 

Amenities: restrooms, first aid/medical care, ranger/staff member present, auto/bus/RV parking, drinking water, vending machines, maps available

Activities: Hiking, road biking, snowshoeing, skiing, nature, exploring

Facilities: picnic tables, drinking water, vault restroom, campfire ring and charcoal grill

Pets: are allowed but opportunity to explore with them is limited. Not allowed in the Visitor center or on the trails. Service animals welcome

*All wilderness caves closed to public use*

Campground: 42- site campground accessible by automobile from May through November. First Come first served. Some sites accommodate large RVs but no hookups. Vault toilets year-round. Group campground available by reservation; up to 30 people.

Reservations: Through

Visit for information on parking current parking fees and conditions, visitor center hours and seasonal information

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