Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho


Craters of the Moon National Monument has a very different landscape. It is full of old lava flow, spatter cones, cinder cones and lava tubes (or caves). These were produced from a series of fissures known as the Great Rift. There is a 7-mile loop road that has stops along the way to see different aspects of the lava flows, along with hiking trails and caves.

There is a visitor center and campground with water and restrooms. The campground is first come/first served and was close to full every night we were there (3 nights). We were surprised being it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, not on main highways. The campground has 51 tent and RV sites. There’s maybe four sites that would fit our rig. The cost is $10. We were in site #7. It’s near the restrooms, road and trash, but it was big. There’s an amphitheater with ranger talks in the summer. Generator hours 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Our Verizon cell service was sketchy, but good about a mile from the campground at a pull-out area.


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