Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

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Geologic Formation · National Park
See lava tubes, tree molds, almost every variety of basaltic lava, and the deepest known rift crack in the world at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Go to the visitor center to learn how astronauts trained at the park, watch the short film on the monument's geology, and read the various displays. In certain seasons, ranger-led walks are available on which you can learn about the local wildlife, plants, and geology. You can, however, take a self-guided tour anytime of year, and the trails are easily accessible from the loop drive. Take in the views from the road at the various stopping points and leave your car briefly to hike to the caves and rift cracks in the lava. Using our custom trip planner, Arco attractions like Craters of the Moon National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you are looking to spend some time in nature that is somewhat unique, look no further... I have always been intrigued by visiting lava fields and such, so this was a must see for me. This area...  more »
  • Craters of the Moon (named in 1928) provides an easily accessible tour of a recent lava field. The signage provides information on various processes that erode the lava into soil. Visitors are...  more »
  • This place was amazing we stumbled upon it a definite must see
  • One of the most unique and beautiful places I've been to. The landscape is just unbelievable and the views breathtaking. Definitely worth the long drive through the middle of nowhere. It's a nice drive in itself. Make sure to hike the hill to experience the best views and perspective.

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