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Craters of the Moon National Monument
This is 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 and closed-toed 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.
- A permit is required for commercial filming or photography in the park.
- Pets on leashes are welcome in the campground, parking lots, and paved roads, but not inside the Visitor Center or on NPS Monument trails (except for service animals).
The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, a presidential proclamation by President Clinton greatly expanded the Monument area. The National Park Service portions of the expanded Monument were designated as Craters of the Moon National Preserve in August 2002.
The Monument and Preserve encompass three major lava fields and about 400 square miles of sagebrush steppe grasslands to cover a total area of 1,117 square miles. All three lava fields lie along the Great Rift of Idaho, with some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including the deepest known on Earth at 800 feet. There are excellent examples of almost every variety of lava, as well as tree molds (cavities left by lava-incinerated trees), lava tubes and many other volcanic features.
A series of fissure vents, cinder cones, spatter cones, rafted blocks, and overlapping lava flows are accessible from the Loop Drive. Wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and wild animals can be seen by hiking on one of the many trails in the monument or by just pulling over into one of the turn-offs.
The Visitor Center is near the monument’s only entrance. Various displays and publications along with a short film about the geology of the area help to orient visitors. Ranger-led walks are available in summer and cover topics such as wildlife, flowers, plants, or geology. Self-guiding tours and displays are available year-round and are easily accessible from the Loop Drive
Cave Area is the final stop on Loop Drive and, as the name indicates, has a collection of lava tube caves. Formed from the Blue Dragon Flow, the caves are a half-mile from the parking lot and include Dewdrop, Boy Scout, Beauty Cave and Indian Tunnel. The caves are open to visitors, but flashlights are needed except in Indian Tunnel and some form of head protection is highly recommended. Lava tubes are created when the sides and surface of a lava flow hardens. If the fluid interior flows away a cave is left behind.
Craters of the Moon Campground has 51 sites – none of which can be reserved in advance. Camping facilities are basic but do include water, restrooms, charcoal grills, and trash containers. National Park Service rangers present evening programs at the campground amphitheater in the summer. Camping enables visitors to enjoy the park during the evening and morning, when the heat, glare and wind are far less.
This makes a perfect day trip coming from Boise, ID where you have numerous choices for your stay there. TravelKatz will make sure this vacation will be a wonderful experience for your family. Call us at 352-277-7300 to make it happen.
Idaho State Capital: Boise
Boise takes its name from the tree-lined Boise River, which was likely named in the 19th century by French Canadian fur trappers, using the French word for “wooded.” Popular legend has it that, after traveling through dusty flatlands all summer, French explorer B.L.E. Bonneville was so excited to find the river, and especially the forested area that surrounded it, that he exclaimed, “Les bois, les bois! Moyes les bois!”
Nature is a big part of Boise, Idaho. The snow-capped Rocky Mountains serve as a backdrop, the Boise River and its riverfront paths wind through the city and skiing is a short drive away. Boise’s varied museums include the Idaho History Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the interactive Discovery Museum of Idaho. Unique attractions include Old Idaho Penitentiary and historic Pioneer Village. Old Boise offers shopping, dining, culture and nightlife.
Boise River Greenbelt: Enjoy nature and enjoy one of Boise’s Jewels. The greenbelt is a great place to get out and be with nature. The Boise River Greenbelt runs through several cities. The pathway follows the river through the city and ends at the Lucky Peak Reservoir Dam. Along the way, you pass through some of the most amazing parks where you can watch kayakers, eagles (on occasion), boaters, fishing, paddle boarding, wide variety of animals and people. You will pass a golf course and many restaurants. Over 20 miles of walking, biking, running or chasing kids. A great family place. The Boise River Greenbelt system consists of miles of paved and graveled paths. Two special paths are designated “bike free” zones and are safe for toddlers, strollers, wheel chairs and for those with walking assistance devices. Both paths are uneven and someone should assist those with poor balance. The Bethine Church path is on the south side of the Boise River in East Boise and the Nature Path is on the North side of the river just West of Boise, in Garden City, near the fair grounds.
World Center for Birds of Prey: If you care about this planet, wildlife, or simply want something new to do, visit the World Center for Birds of Prey. The Falconry Archives will blow your mind. Plus, if you like to be creeped out… Hermann Goering’s goshawk is in a back room! Never knew he was an austringer’til I saw that. The entire facility is great for kids of all ages, as long as the short set is under control. Sudden, loud noises, & erratic movements are not things that make raptors happy. Nor the staff. Lots to learn here from browsing around, enjoying a live exhibit, & there’s great stuff at the gift shop. A bit of a drive south of town, but worth the trip. Very impressed with the overall operation here. Many well-done exhibits with friendly and knowledgeable staff. An assortment of live birds on site to view up close. Several presentations each day provided more information and a chance to ask specific questions. If you love birds or just want an educational and fun distraction from your normal routine, this should be on your list.
Old Idaho Penitentiary: The old penitentiary is a historical wonder with its sandstone walls and turrets at the corners it takes you back a hundred years in a real western prison where the prisoners quarried sandstone blocks which can be seen in the construction of many of Boise’s grand old homes. Now on the property also is the botanical gardens. We were there for the annual “Winter Garden Aglow” which is a fabulous display of Christmas lights, fun snacks, hot cocoa and apple cider. But it doesn’t end there. Each season brings a multitude of events like outdoor concerts by noted international stars and many a wedding or garden event. There is always something to look forward to at the Old Pen and the Botanical Gardens. First and foremost, in my mind is that people should tip the tour guide. the guy we had did 90 minutes of the most entertaining, informative and interesting discussion of this prison. no one tipped him. we gave him 20$ and he was worth way more than that. The prison itself as a self-guided tour would probably have been ok. the prison with the tour was unbelievable. seriously. there were details, there were anecdotes, there were demonstrations. if your guide forgets, make sure they tell you about Dennis the cat. This is probably one of the best guided tours we’ve been on (and we’ve been on a lot of them).
Idaho Candy Company Store and Factory: Fun Candy Store where they make their own candy! The Toffee & Idaho Spud is our favorite! You can buy an entire bag of Idaho Spuds without the wrappers for $5! Quaint little store near the Grove. They have samples so you can taste the products before buying and folders telling the factory’s history and facts. A very nice vintage décor inside matches perfectly with downtown. Lots of great pictures and memorabilia to take in while chomping down the goods. People who have never been here love them and they are a fun gift. Try their huckleberry marshmallow filled chocolates for a real treat.
Boise Brew Bus: Took the bus tour on our last trip to Boise. I think there were about 7 of us total. When we got there Rich (our tour guide and driver) explained the tour and mentioned that the brews we were tasting were potent so we would probably feel the effects by the end of the night. The pubs we went to were all unique in their own way and the people we met on the bus were local horse trainers and ranchers that invited us to come watch them do their thing which was so nice. At the end of the night Rich was kind enough to drop us off a few blocks from his parking lot at our hotel so we wouldn’t need a cab. All in all, a fun night with a group of nice people. You can rent the Boise Brew Bus to take a group of friends out to the Idaho wine country for a wine tasting. This way you all get to sample and have fun. Rich was fant-freakin-tastic! and was super accommodating. He was a few minutes early to pick us up and was very patient taking us winery to winery.
Boise Art Glass: This was a pretty fun class. We were able to get hands on and blow our own glass! The instructor was helpful and willing to answer any questions we had. Took a glass bowing class with my husband. Interesting & fun. We made two beautiful pieces to take home. (Lotion/soap dispenser & bowl. The shop has some outstanding pieces made by the local craftsmen. Highly recommend both the classes & the gift shop. Thumbs up! Wow! This workshop was unbelievable, and not to be missed! Felip (owner and instructor of the Boise Art Glass studio) guided my family through all stages of the glass blowing and shaping process. His patience and care empowered us all to feel the potential and power of this art form–the blasting fire in the furnace, the fluidity of molten glass, the use of gravity to gracefully shape our pieces. A wonderful bucket list experience for all ages (we were from age 12 to 75)! All the instructors are kind and patient. Felip has a deep love for the art form and has worked with Dale Chihuly. Use the Groupon, and reserve your spot through their website. Could work as a family outing, date night, or girls/guys’ night out. Follow up with a visit/drink/meal to Barbacoa, where you can see Felip’s glass works on a larger scale.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Not only is the atmosphere of the theater wonderful, but the talent of the cast is as well. It’s a great night out, with friends, family or a date. This is an outdoor theater so weather is a consideration.
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