A Violent Past, Calm Present, and Uncertain Future... 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...

trail running
10 days ago

Nice looped trail. I ran the Tree Molds Trail and then Broken Looped Trail for a total of 4 miles. It was in late May and it was warm, but it was neat to run around an inactive volcano. :)

So different and amazing.

Enjoyed this trail and it's eclectic features! Totally kid-friendly and not hard. Bring your headlamp for the cave! :)

Nice little hiking loop. Not technical, but lots to see. Kid friendly.

Choose your adventure in this park, well maintained paved educational trails. Most are stroller and wheelchair friendly to some that were slightly more challenging, all the ones we saw were easily car accessible. My 2 kids (under 10) stated it was "the best day ever"

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

unique landscape, easy

Friday, November 06, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

This is a unique and unusual landscape in an out of the way place. Worth seeing just for the novelty of the large lava fields.

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This area is a freak of nature. You really do feel like you're on another world. You can see most of the "must sees" just driving through, but if you like there are some trails and nature trips near the visitor center that can fuel your curiosity.

hiking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Amazing and austere place. Recommend exploring Lava tunnels (dewdrop, boy scout, and Indian) and also climbing to the top of inferno cone. This is easier said then done as two steps up equal one step back in the igneous rock scree.

camping
Sunday, August 25, 2013

I camped and explored this National Park with my family (wife; son 10 y/o; daughter 8 y/o). The rangers and the programs they deliver were outstanding. Getting a caver permit was not difficult (even though we had been in other caves in recent years - there's good information on the National Park Service website). We were there for one day / one night. We probably could have spent another night & day there. In August, it was hot and there was a strong and steady wind, which is typical. The stargazing was AMAZING. I'll upload a photo.

nature trips
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Craters of the Moon National Park is definitely worth seeing, at least once. It was awe inspiring to see something so unique and different. Glad I saw it for myself - the views were amazing.