My husband and I visited the Craters of the Moon Idaho National Park this year in June. While traveling from Tween Falls, Idaho, we follow the highway 20. Suddenly we noticed that the nice green fields and hills along the Snake river changed without notice into a sea of dark/black ground and rocks.
I have never seen something like this before and intrigued, I looked at my husband. He smiled. He knew about the existence of this place but admitted that has never seen it before. As we were not in a hurry we decided to visit it and I’m glad we did.
Craters Of The Moon Idaho National Park
There is a mix of old and new petrified lava here. At the Visitor Center which is not far from the sign, we learned the oldest known eruption was 15,000 years ago and it’s the part that’s covered with vegetation. The most recent eruption occurred 2,000 years ago – that area is the darkest one. Geologists say that future events may likely happen here.
The Visitor Center
The Visitor Center at the Craters of the Moon Idaho National Park is situated 18 miles Southwest of Arco and 20 miles North from Twin Falls, on US 20/26/93.
At the Visitor Center you can have a lot of information and details related to this area, including movies, exhibitions and a bookstore, and it’s open year-round.
Logging and Facilities at Craters Of The Moon Idaho National Park
For who wants to camp here, there are campground facilities with water, restrooms and picnic areas (no hookups), with no reservations. Several other camping areas are available in the park, but they have waterless restrooms. Here you can find more info about the Fees, Passes, Hours of Operation and more.
Tip: As a senior US citizen, my husband has a pass for all the national Parks in US, so we didn’t have to pay any entrance fee.
Crater of the Moon Pictures
There is not too much vegetation there (I’m wondering why…), other than some sagebrush, moss and a few colorful flowers, but the sightseeing is beautiful
We explored the zone for a couple of hours, but the whole area is a 750,000 acres of lava formed landscape, you may need more than one day to visit it all. There are many miles of underdeveloped rugged dirt and roads, so a high 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.
The lava formations are quite impressive and interesting
We went up to one of the craters. The deep hole into the volcano looks scary, but it’s surrounded by a fence, so no danger to approach the edge