Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Explore this unique landscape via the loop drive, stop at the visitor center, or hike to caves and craters.  In the winter, Craters is a great location for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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.
  • Check the website for events and guided nature hikes.
  • Sunscreen and a brimmed hat are recommended.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • If planning to visit the caves, a flashlight is needed.
  • A free Wilderness Permit is required to spend the night in the Craters of the Moon Wilderness area. They 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.