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

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.

Patricia Fox

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "heated" pool is very cold, but the grandchildren played in it anyway. There weren't any adults in it. If you have a big rig, ask for a site without trees. The owner refuses to trim the trees because tent campers or trailers want the shade. I don't understand why they would put tent campers or trailers in a site meant for big rigs. If we hadn't had our grandchildren along, we would have gone elsewhere, but the "heated" pool, playground, and ice cream won out. We worked at repositioning the motorhome until we could finally get our bedroom slide out without the limbs in the way.

Tim Haley

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Best KOA we have stayed at. Very nice staff, all the amenities. Sites are level and most have trees. A great place to camp.

Andy Forrest

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is a very low grade Koa. We considered checking out early due to the awful/filthy state of the bathrooms. The showers spray water on the ceiling light fixtures which seems dangerous to me..... The toilets were horrible with urine all over the place. The men's bathroom/showers need to be demolished and rebuilt. All the glowing positive reviews of this campground are highly suspicious in my opinion. Craters of the Moon Nat Monument was great, but if you are visiting, look elsewhere for camping. If you are familiar with Koa's you will leave this one shaking your head.

Ted Maish

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nice koa. Very friendly people. Great wi fi. Would stay here again!