Craters of the Moon National Monument

 

aerial view of Craters of the Moon National Monument
A geologic wonder in a uniquely preserved volcanic landscape whose central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the Earth's crust.

Craters, cinder coves, lava tubes, deep cracks, and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea on central Idaho's Snake River Plain. The Monument is jointly managed by the BLM and National Park Service. 

Located approximately 160 miles east of Boise, the Monument was established in 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge. It was expanded in 2000 and now includes 661,000 additional acres of federal land, which are jointly managed by the BLM and National Park Service.

Facilities

  • campground 
  • restrooms
  • drinking water
  • charcoal grills (no wood fires permitted)
  • Visitor Center
  • 7-mile scenic loop drive with access to hiking paths and interpretive trails