Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

18 miles West of Arco on Hwy 20/26/93
208-527-1335

Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We invite you to explore this "weird and scenic landscape" where yesterday's volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow..

Described as a "weird and scenic landscape", Craters of the Moon certainly lives up to its reputation. It was established in 1924 to preserve the unique volcanic features of this enormous lava field. The 750,000-acre monument contains a diverse array of volcanic features including volcanic rifts, cinder cones, spatter cones, shield volcanoes and lava tube caves. A surprising number of plants and animals have adapted to live in the harsh volcanic and high desert environment. It is an excellent site for hiking, bird watching, photography, backpacking and caving (permits required). The monument is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Summer activities include guided cave walks and evening programs at the campground. Winter activities include Winter Ecology Workshops, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. School groups are welcome to visit the monument and curriculum resources for teachers are available on our website. Teachers' workshops are also offers.


Reviews

Marylou King

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Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

Nice little park. Most of the park has a lot of trees. Our site was level with gravel and grass between the sites. We had a picnic table and fire ring. The pool was closed as it was at the end of the season. Small selection of cable channels, we could not get the major stations; ABC, CBS, NBC, on cable or over air. WiFi worked good most of the time till evening and then it was very, very slow. The owners are really wonderful. They serve fresh waffles every morning between 9 am – 10 am and they are some of the best waffles I have ever had. The showers need some updating, water pressure was good and lots of hot water. There’s not a whole lot to do in Arco other than drive to Craters of the Moon. If we ever need to stop in Arco, ID we would definitely stay again.

Julie Willson

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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

My husband and I had reservations at the only other RV park in Arco. The proprietor there.was so rude at check in, we left and hoping for the best, drove to the KOA. The owner was extremely sympathetic to our situation and assigned us a premium sight! As if that wasn't enough, when our pop up trailer wouldn't lift, she provided the name and number of a local mechanic who came.out the same night and attempted to assist. Unfortunately to no avail. We would have had to sleep in our car with no bedding (The low temps were 45f) Once again the owner came to the rescue and offered us the trailer they rent with full linens and the works! What a blessing. We were very pleased with our stay and the restroom/showers were sparkling clean. We plan to return to Craters of the moon and will stay at this campground again! THANK YOU!!!!

John Mulloy

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Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

By far best campground experience in my 31 years of life. Free waffles and coffee for breakfast, disc golf 😁😁😁, clean pool, hot showers and the store has hot food and cold beer. The staff are amazing and friendly. Camp here.

Kurt Krake

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

these reviews are stuffed. No way this place has such high ratings. It's just another low end middle of the road or worse KOA. The pool is tiny but at least it has a pool. The waffles were nice. other than that, it's just a dusty Southern ID place to park and plug in. If you are going there, stock up beforehand. There's nothing in the town.

Ellen Sheppard

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Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

Small friendly campground, sensibly laid out with everything you need. Free waffles and coffee in the morning is a nice treat. Bathhouse is clean, cheery, and comfortable with the usual kitchy decor, though shower stall floors need refinishing. Dishwashing station is nice, with a huge sink, long necked faucet, and really hot water & good pressure. But oddly, there is no place to set your clean dishes. There are several cabins available which look well made and comfortable. There are also two Blackfoot-style tipi's (teepees) available, rudimentarily furnished with full size beds and fouton-style sofas and chairs. Didn't try the on-site chicken & pizza fast food, but it looked inviting and reasonably priced.


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