Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Hiking & Backpacking in Arco
Visit the website
Hiking & Backpacking icon.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a mammoth ocean of lava flows located in Central Idaho. Hike through caves and craters and experience scenery unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Explore this unique volcanic landscape by car or by foot and enjoy unique treks through remote parts of the expansive lava field.

Plan to stay as the sun goes down and check out the out of this world night skies at Craters of the Moon. The area is a designated International Dark Sky Park, which means there will be no shortage of stars to observe.

Things To Know

  • Two of the trails are handicapped accessible.
  • Sunscreen and a brimmed hat are recommended.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • If planning to visit caves, you must pick up a free permit at the Visitor Center.
  • A free Wilderness Permit is required to spend the night at Craters of the Moon. Permits can be picked up at the Visitor Center during business hours.
  • A permit is required for commercial filming or photography in the park. Contact the park for more information.
  • Pets on leashes are welcome in the campground, parking lots, and paved roads, but not inside the Visitor Center or on NPS Monument trails (with the exception of service animals).