Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

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Must see · 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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  • We were on a 2 week road trip and when we drove from Yellowstone to Twin Falls, we made a stop to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. We arrived at 9 am and although we have the America the....  more »
  • Words do not adequately describe how beautiful, bizarre, barren and otherworldly Craters of the Moon is. While it's a bit out of the way, once you get inside, it's incredibly accessible as there are.....  more »

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